Oh, Brother!: Growing up with a Special Needs Sibling

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Living with a sibling who has special needs can be difficult for a child to deal with, day after day. This book provides anecdotal examples, self-help guidelines, and practical coping techniques to promote positive, realistic attitudes as well as the benefits of having a special needs sibling.

An eleven-year-old girl finds ways to handle the unique challenges presented by her thirteen-year-old mentally disabled brother by looking ...

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Overview

Living with a sibling who has special needs can be difficult for a child to deal with, day after day. This book provides anecdotal examples, self-help guidelines, and practical coping techniques to promote positive, realistic attitudes as well as the benefits of having a special needs sibling.

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.

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Children's Literature
This book is a first-person account by Becca, a girl whose older brother has an unnamed disability that leaves him unable to understand simple directions or even basic household rules, but is able to play, watch videos, and do puzzles with her. Thirteen chapters cover issues relevant to able-bodied siblings of disabled children, such as competing for parental attention, bringing friends home, dealing with frustration, participation in sibling care, and peer support groups. The upbeat focus is on her and her parents' ability to cope, her brother's gifts and abilities, and the life lessons one learns through living with disabled loved ones, such as patience and inner strength. While the first-person format is effective, it presents extensive details about Becca's privileged background (both parents cope well with their stress and provide a supportive, harmonious family life; their father is a music professor; and all family members' lives are culturally rich) that may not reflect the reality of many potential readers whose family situation may well be more challenged and challenging. The prose is well written and engaging, although the younger readers in the audience may need encouragement to pick up the book, given its text-heavy format and sophisticated black-and-white line drawing illustrations. 2004, Magination Press/American Psychological Association, and Ages 8 to 13.
—Deborah Dysart-Gale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470618
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 488,621
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Send Him to Mars 5
Chapter 2 Laughing 8
Chapter 3 Protecting My Space 13
Chapter 4 Is It Sad? 16
Chapter 5 Hey! What About Me? 18
Chapter 6 Before You Come to My House 21
Chapter 7 Will It Happen to Me? 23
Chapter 8 Take a Break 29
Chapter 9 Getting My Feelings Out 31
Chapter 10 Thinking Like a Genius 35
Chapter 11 I'm Not the Parent 38
Chapter 12 Nobody Knows What It's Like 41
Chapter 13 Maybe One Day 44
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