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Strategies for Special Needs Siblings from Care.com

Anyone with sisters and brothers can tell you, siblings are often the family members that we spend the most time with. They're your BFF, your support system and sometimes even your adversary - but when you have sibling with special needs you need to find different ways to communicate and share experiences with them. Check out these Strategies for Special Needs Siblings from Care.com to find out more!

No.1: Listen and Learn

The best strategy for coping with stressful or unexpected situations with your special needs sibling is to learn as much as you can about their challenges, disability and how they see the world. The more you know the easier it will be find a way handle any situation. Having a special needs sibling isn't uncommon, but it does mean learning to communicate in a whole new way. 

No.2: Communicate Openly

If you're feeling frustrated, angry, disappointed or even just confused and have questions let your parents know right away. They will understand and be able to help you and explain what's going on. When it comes to special needs, everyone in the family has to be able to talk freely about how to effectively help your sibling.

No.3: Fair Doesn't Always Mean Equal

Sometimes it can seem unfair that maybe you have to clean your room or do chores and your sibling doesn't, but remember things that are easy for you are not so simple for them and have to be based around their challenges.

No.4:Have an Outlet for Stress

Stress can be a major factor of lief when you have a special needs sibling, so it's important to have an outlet for your feelings whether it's shooting hoops, talking to friends, or writing in diary, find what works best for you when you need to vent.

No.5:Sibling Bonding

It's important to be close to siblings and to spend time with them so that you create great memories and trust for the future. This should make things easier and more enjoyable for both you and your sibling. Find out what activities are the most fun for both of you and go from there.

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What is your outlet when you have a stressful situation with your special needs sibling?

  • Write in a Diary
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  • Play Sports

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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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