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Brothers and Sisters are probably the most important members of The Umbrella Network. They are often the glue that holds us all together at times when the world of disability can drag us down. Thats alot of pressure to put on young people!
Sourced from Reachout.com : “Disabled or not, brothers and sisters can drive you crazy. However, when they have an intellectual and/or physical disability not only do they treat you differently, but you can’t respond to them like you would with a non-disabled person. For example, they could be fourteen but still throw tantrums like a three year-old. Or, you might have to lock up your things because they go through your stuff, even though you say not to. Siblings of people with disabilities often have more duties and responsibilities in the family. You might have to help out with toileting, feeding, and dressing your brother or sister and keep an eye on them so they don’t cause any mischief. They might require a lot more attention and patience, which can be difficult if you’re stressed out or in a rush.”
Here is a collection of great websites who have excellent resources to help you and your other children answer questions , face challenges and cope with concerns. Click on the link and it will open the page you need.
Young Carers Respite & Info program – Fachsia