Supporting siblings

Parents often talk to us about the importance of siblings and the difficulties that can arise for the siblings of a disabled child. Feeling jealous at getting less attention from parents, embarrassed about their brother or sister’s behaviour or resentful because family outings are limited – all are issues we’ve heard from parents.

These challenges rarely stop the relationship siblings have with their disabled brother or sister being one of the most important in their lives. We hope our advice helps you deal with worries and difficulties that may arise along the way.

Tips for supporting siblings

Below we highlight some of the issues that may crop up for siblings of a disabled child and give tips to respond to them.
Limited time and attention from parents

Confusion about their sibling’s disability

Worry about bringing friends home

Stressful situations at home

Sibling tips from other parents

We asked some parents what advice they’d pass onto others, and this is what they said.

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