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Special Siblings: Growing Up With Someone with a Disability

by Mary McHugh

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I never knew that other siblings felt this way! After years of dealing with guilt, jealously, and over protectiveness, I finally realized that I was not alone. Best of all, knowing that other siblings experience the same things, I don't feel the need to justify these feelings anymore. This book is a great starting point for siblings who want to/need to understand how having a "special sibling" has affected their life. FYI: Your special sibling doesn't necessarily have to have a obvious physical special need. I believe that dibs of those who suffer from mental illnesses will also find this book comforting and familiar.
  gjchauvin504 | Sep 17, 2012 |
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Mary McHugh was a grown woman when her mother died, leaving behind the responsibility of caring for her mentally disabled brother, Jack. Suddenly she was faced with the ambivalent feelings she had toward Jack -- anger, resentment, guilt, and disappointment -- feelings she had suppressed for years. But by getting to know Jack, McHugh soon realized the important role her brother had played in shaping her character, her life, and her other relationships. She realized as well that Jack had helped make her a more understanding, patient, and tolerant person.

McHugh shares these insights, along with the insights of experts and other siblings of people with disabilities, in this informative and enormously reassuring book that offers practical advice for each stage of development -- childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -- as well as a resource guide to organizations, books, videotapes, and workshops available for siblings and parents. Affirming, empowering, empathetic, and sympathetic, Special Siblings helps readers understand and cope with the complex web of emotions experienced by anyone sharing a childhood with a sibling with a disability and for parents juggling the needs of both an able-bodied child with those of one with a disability.

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McHugh weaves together her memories of life with her mentally retarded brother with reflections, research, and interviews with other siblings of those with disabilities. Exploring the spectrum of feelings, from anger and guilt to love and pride, she identifies issues siblings encounter in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and offers advice on coping with feelings, understanding family dynamics, and planning for long-term care.… (more)

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