Sibling Resources available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

To check out any of the materials listed, please contact:
Steven Wilson
Phone: 803-216-3206
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Another look at the rainbow: Straight from the siblings. Stephen Bird. Millbrae, Calif.: Celestial Arts, 1982. Call number: Disabilities-FAM F WS 105.5 .F2 A615 1982.
- A group of thirty-four children share their experiences with terminally ill brothers and sisters.

Becky’s Story. Donna Baznik. Washington, D.C.: Association for the Care of Children’s Health, 1981. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 B363b 1981.
- Becky is confused and frightened when her parents seem to desert her to attend brother Dan in the hospital following an accident. Her parents help her through the difficult times.

Born Early. Lida Lafferty and Bo Flood. Grand Junction, CO.: Songbird Pub., 1995. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 L163b 1995.
- Although not written specifically for siblings, this book is a good tool for explaining a premature birth to a child. It has lots of pictures.

Brothers & sisters of children with special needs (sound recording). Denver, CO: National Nursing Network, Inc., 1991. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 697 B874 1991.
- 1 sound cassette. A conference focusing on unusual concerns and opportunities involving siblings of children with special needs.

Brothers, sisters, and special needs: Information and activities for helping young siblings of children with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. Debra J. Lobato. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub. Co., 1993. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WS 200 L796b 1993.

Everything you need to know when a brother or sister is autistic. Marsha Sarah Rosenberg. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2000. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WM 203.5 R813e 2000.
- Discusses what autism is, how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways that siblings of people with autism can find support.

How to cope with mental illness in your family: A self-care guide for siblings, offspring, and parents. Diane T. Marsh and Rex M. Dickens. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998. Call number: Disabilities: FAM WM 75 M365h 1998.

In the shadow of illness: Parents and siblings of the chronically ill child. Myra Bluebond-Langner. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2000. Call number: Disabilities-FAMILY WI 820 B658i 2000.

It isn't fair!: Siblings of children with disabilities. Stanley D. Klein and Maxwell J. Schleifer. Disabilities-FAM HV 888.5 I88 1993.

My Brother, Matthew. Mary Thompson. Rockville, Maryland: Woodbine House, 1992. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 T47m 1992.
- Though David knows frustration and resentment at times, he feels he understands his disabled little brother even better than his parents; and together the two boys experience a great deal of joy.

The normal one: Life with a difficult or damaged sibling. Jeanne Safer. New York: Bantam Dell, 2003.
- Discusses the impacts having a disabled sibling has on an individual. The author also examines the common personality traits seen in higher-functioning siblings.

Oh, brother! Growing up with a special needs sibling. Natalie Hale; illustrated by Kate Sternberg. Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2004. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HQ 773.6 H163o 2004.
- An eleven-year-old girl finds ways to handle the unique challenges presented by her thirteen-year-old mentally disabled brother by looking for his good qualities and taking the rest in stride. The story is told with humor and honesty and based upon experiences from a real life family. Reading level: Ages 9-12

On our own (video): Siblings. New York: Young Adult Institute, 1985. Call number: Disabilities-AV WS 350.6 O581 1985.
- 30 minutes. The special relationships, concerns and conflicts that brothers and sisters of the developmentally disabled sometimes experience are highlighted.

Our Brother has Down’s Syndrome. Shelley Cairo. Toronto: Annick Press, 1985. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 C136o 1985.
- Two girls explain what it is like to have a brother with Down Syndrome. The book has lots of pictures and is good for elementary aged children.

Princess Pooh. Kathleen M. Muldoon. Niles, Ill.: A. Whitman, 1989. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 M954p 1989.
- Jealous of her sister's royal treatment as she sits in her wheelchair, Patty Jean tries out the conveyance and discovers life in a wheelchair is no fun at all.

The Sibling Slam Book: What's it's Really Like to have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Edited by Donald Meyer. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2005. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HQ 773.6 S564 2005.
-Most of the questions in this book are about life with your sibling with special needs. The contributors' answers are funny, smart, and opinionated.

Siblings of children with autism: A guide for families. Sandra L. Harris and Beth A. Glasberg. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2003. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WM 203.5 H316s 2003.

Siblings without rivalry: How to help your children live together so you can live too. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. New York: Avon Books, 1988. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105.5 .F2 F115s 1988.

Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with special needs. Donald J. Meyer and Patricia F. Vadasy. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub. Co., 1994. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WS 105.5 .F2 M612s 1994.

Special brothers and sisters: Stories and tips for siblings of children with a disability or serious illness. Annette Hames and Monica McCaffrey, ed. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005. Call number: Disabilities- FAM HQ 773.6 S741 2005
-Children explain in their own words what it is like to live with their brothers and sisters. Full of tips to help siblings cope with their feelings and other common issues.

Special siblings: Growing up with someone with a disability. Mary McHugh. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2003. Call number: Disabilities-FAM AV HV 1553 M151s 2003.
Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum (video). Coulter Video, 2007. Call number: Disabilities-AV WM 203.5 U551 2007
-This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children on the autism spectrum and their parents. Each program covers a range of autistic challenges and strengths, and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other.

Views from our Shoes: Growing up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Donald J. Meyer. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1997. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HQ 773.6 V671 1997.
- 45 siblings share their experience as the brother or sister of someone with a disability. Their personal tales introduce young siblings to others like them, and allow them to compare experiences.

Waiting for Baby Joe. Pt Lowery Collins. Niles, Ill.: Whitman, 1990. Call number: Disabilities-FAM PR 990 C712w 1990.
- Text and photographs describe what happens when Missy's brother Joe is born prematurely and needs special care in the hospital, disrupting family routines and causing Missy to feel confused and left out.

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red. Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1998. Call number: Disabilities-FAM WS 107 S937w 1998.
- Emma and her father discuss what they will do when the new baby arrives, but they adjust their expectations when he is born with Down syndrome.

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