Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has published a new resource aimed at supporting siblings of children with a disability.
Side by side: Growing up with a brother or a sister with a disability will specifically assist families in supporting and understanding the needs of brothers and sisters of a child with a disability.
Siblings of children and young people with a disability have needs over and above those of their peers, related to their different family circumstances.
When a family has a child with a disability, it's natural that a great deal of time and resources are focused on this child. This can make it difficult for parents as they try to juggle the needs of all family members. Sometimes siblings of children and young people with a disability can be overlooked, particularly if there are many demands on their parents' time and their needs don't seem so pressing.
Extended family and friends, school and the community can all provide support to a sibling and the whole family if they know how.
Side by side provides insight into sibling relationships and information, resources and contacts aimed at supporting the brothers and sisters of children with a disability.
Side by side is available from ADHC regional offices and online from the ADHC website.
Source: ADHC Connnections September 2011