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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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Sportygurl

Sportygurl wrote:

yeah alot
commented: Sat Sep 22, 2012

hungergames2438_2251062
is it annoying you?
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okay seriously please stop calling me that
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"animefreakXD" wrote: "american_brit" wrote: "animefreakXD" wrote: guys are the bomb! They're my best friends! I can talk to them like a normal person, but more because you don't have to worry about them gossiping! :D Haha XD You haven't seen some of the guys at my school...  Really, you should just be yourself. Don't try too hard thinking about the right things to say and the right way to act.  That's when you fumble and mess up. Be natural! Be yourself! And relax! You might blush a bit or feel embarrassed, but that is OKAY. I promise you'll survive.  Yeah, guys can be confusing, but they're human too! :) Wow. Shocker, right? :P Talk to them as you would anybody else ^-^
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"amethystdances" wrote: I know, but its embarrassing. -sigh- That it is, but you'll be okay. If you don't know what to say, sometimes it's best to not say anything at all, you know? We don't all have the same personalities. We're not all amazing conversationalists (I'm talking about you Lex! Thanks by the way. We can always find something to talk about ^-^)  -and no one can expect from us. I'll say it again, be yourself. That's all anyone can ask of you -and if they don't like that... too bad! You deserve nothing more than friends (and possibly a friend? * wink wink * Sorry!!! ) who accept you just the way you are -and love for it.
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It might sound condescending, but I really don't mean it that way. Just talk to them like an ordinary person. 
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"american_brit" wrote: "animefreakXD" wrote: guys are the bomb! They're my best friends! I can talk to them like a normal person, but more because you don't have to worry about them gossiping! :D Haha XD You haven't seen some of the guys at my school...  Really, you should just be yourself. Don't try too hard thinking about the right things to say and the right way to act.  That's when you fumble and mess up. Be natural! Be yourself! And relax! You might blush a bit or feel embarrassed, but that is OKAY. I promise you'll survive.  Yeah, guys can be confusing be they're human too! :)
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