Article on siblings of kids with special needs

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Article on siblings of kids with special needs
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 9:42pm

A friend of mine posted a link to this, and I found it interesting.  It's a discussion on the challenges and blessings of having a sibling with special needs, and there are some neat tips on raising them all to be close friends through life.  This is something I really want for my girls!  They're best friends right now and I want that to remain the case for as long as possible.  :smileyhappy:

What do you see among your kids as their sibling relationship progresses??

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 9:38am
My 3 all have different relationships with each other. My oldest is 7 years older than Violette - they aren't playmates for sure, but they do love each other. Vivianne's nature is such that she likes the caregiver/teacher role, and no doubt she will expect that it is her role in life to care for Violette when we are gone. She actually has it mapped out, which is kind of funny in a 12 year old. My middle and Violette are best friends and sisters. I watched Lilianne crying about her fish dying yesterday in the afternoon, and saw Violette patting her and muttering calming, loving words to her - a scene I've seen several times.

It is interesting to watch the dynamics.

Have you looked at Dr. Brian Skotko's research on siblings of children specifically with Down syndrome? Don't want to pose any issues here linking to it, but it is very encouraging.