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Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters
     

Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters

by Brian Skotko, Sue Levin
 

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Even the closest brothers and sisters don't always get along or understand each other. Add a disability like Down syndrome to the mix, and that sibling relationship gets even more complicated, especially for teenagers.

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT is the first book written exclusively for teens with a brother or sister with Down syndrome. In an easy-to-read, question

Overview

Even the closest brothers and sisters don't always get along or understand each other. Add a disability like Down syndrome to the mix, and that sibling relationship gets even more complicated, especially for teenagers.

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT is the first book written exclusively for teens with a brother or sister with Down syndrome. In an easy-to-read, question & answer format, it tackles a broad range of their most common issues and concerns. Nearly 100 questions--all posed by teen siblings--are grouped into the following categories:

Facts and stats about Down syndrome
How people with Down syndrome learn
Handling parent and family conflicts
Dealing with your sibling's frustrating behaviors
Managing uncomfortable situations
Sorting out your feelings
Becoming an advocate
What the future holds for you and your sibling
Finding local and national resources

Thoughtful, knowledgeable answers are provided by Brian Skotko, the brother of a young woman with Down syndrome, and Sue Levine, a social worker focused on sibling issues for the past 30 years. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT gives teens the green light to explore their own feelings and questions about their sibling with Down syndrome and how their relationship may change in the future.

Wondering what's on their minds? Here are a few sample questions from the book:

Why does my brother always have temper tantrums?
How can one extra chromosome make someone so different?
Can my sister with Down syndrome marry someday?
Will my brother be able to live on his own as an adult?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-9–Skotko and Levine address preteens and teenagers who have a sibling with Down syndrome, answering questions that have been generated through their work with this population. Siblings want to know everything from what causes this condition to how to be protective and how they can make sure things are fair at home. They want to help when they can, but don’t want to be burdened with too much responsibility. In clear, concise language, the authors ensure that siblings know that all of these concerns are normal and they are careful to honor their feelings. They point out that it’s okay to feel jealous of a sibling with Down syndrome, just as it’s okay to feel jealous of any sibling at different points in the life of a family. The authors are also quick to suggest that readers consult with their parents or seek help from another adult if situations get too difficult to manage. With a wealth of information, numerous resources, and the reassurance that all siblings of people with disabilities sometimes go through periods of contradictory feelings, this is an excellent guide for young people who are trying to figure out how to negotiate an often-confusing relationship.–Wendy Smith-D’Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890627867
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Pages:
158
Sales rank:
973,509
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P., is a physician at Children's Hospital Boston with a focus on children with intellectual disabilities. He serves on the board of directors for several disability organizations, including the National Down Syndrome Society and is co-author of COMMON THREADS: CELEBRATING LIFE WITH DOWN SYNDROME (Band of Angels Press, 2001). His sister with Down syndrome inspires much of his professional work.

Susan P. Levine, M.A., C.S.W., is a co-founder and social worker at Family Resource Associates, Inc., a private, non-profit agency in central New Jersey. She has conducted support programs for parents and siblings of children with differing abilities for the past 30 years. Additionally, she writes quarterly newsletters for brothers and sisters.

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