Special Siblings: Grownig Up with Someone with A Disability / Edition 1

Special Siblings: Grownig Up with Someone with A Disability / Edition 1

by Mary McHugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557666075

ISBN-13: 9781557666079

Pub. Date: 12/01/2002

Publisher: Brookes

In this absorbing and candid book, Mary McHugh reveals what she experienced as the sister of a man with cerebral palsy and mental retardation - and shares what others have learned about being and having a "special sibling." Weaving a lifetime of memories and reflections with relevant research and interviews with more than 100 other siblings and experts, McHugh

Overview

In this absorbing and candid book, Mary McHugh reveals what she experienced as the sister of a man with cerebral palsy and mental retardation - and shares what others have learned about being and having a "special sibling." Weaving a lifetime of memories and reflections with relevant research and interviews with more than 100 other siblings and experts, McHugh explores a spectrum of feelings - from anger and guilt to love and pride - and helps readers understand the issues siblings may encounter in childhood - such as dealing with their own needs for attention and information, identifying with their parents' grief, understanding their sibling's disability, and coping with their own feelings adolescence - such as participating in family discussions, fitting in with peers, searching for their own identity, and talking to a counselor or therapist adulthood - such as building a support system, navigating adult relationships, deciding whether to have children, and planning for their sibling's future care Emotional and enlightening, this book is a must-read for teen and adult siblings - and all professionals who support people with disabilities and their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557666079
Publisher:
Brookes
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


About the Author
Foreword
Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D.
Introduction
Acknowledgments

I. Childhood
1. Your Needs

  • The Need to Identify with a Parent's Grief
  • The Need for Attention
  • The Need to Achieve
  • The Need for Information
  • Why Parents Have Difficulty Talking about Disabilities
2. Your Parents' Marriage
  • Your Family's Problem-Solving Style
  • Marriages in Trouble
  • Fathers
3. Your Feelings and How to Cope with Them
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Embarrassment
  • Help for Siblings
4. How Did You Get That Way?
  • Type and Severity of the Disability
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • "Invisible" Disabilities
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Mental Retardation Requiring Limited Support
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Mental Illness
  • When the Disability Occurs
  • Birth Order and Gender
  • When the Younger Sibling Surpasses the Older
  • Size of the Family
  • Conclusion
II. Adolescence
5. Adolescent Angst
  • Embarrassment with New Friends
    • Mental Illness
  • Fitting In
  • Life Is Unfair
  • Anger and Frustration
  • Guilt
  • Getting Help
  • Love and Pride
6. Who Are You?
  • Asking to Be Included in Family Discussions
  • The Search for Identity
  • Fear of Abandonment
  • Peer Pressure
Part III. Adulthood
7. Someone to Talk To
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Talk to Someone
    • SibNet
    • Friends
8. Your Relationships
  • Caretakers
  • Escape Artists
  • Influence of a Sibling's Disability on Potential Relationships
    • When Do You Bring up the Disability?
  • Choosing Friends
  • Relatives
9. Your Career
  • Choosing Human Services Work
  • When the Human Services Field is Not the Right Choice
10. Do You Want to Have Children?
  • Prenatal Tests to Detect Disabilities
  • Deciding Whether to Have Children?
11. Who Will Take Care of Your Sibling?
  • Talk to Your Parents About the Future
  • Find the Right Lawyer
  • Determine Living Arrangements
  • Decide Who Will Care for Your Sibling
  • Persuade Parents to Let Go
12. It Feels Like Love
  • Love and Pride

Bibliography
Resources
Permissions
Index

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