It Isn't Fair! Siblings of Children with Disabilities

By Stanley D. Klein; Maxwell J. Schleifer | Go to book overview

PART IV
Case Studies

The five articles that follow are clinical case studies of families in which a family crisis is sparked, in part, by the relationships between siblings, including one with a disability. Each case study is from "Family Life," a regular feature in Exceptional Parent, in which Maxwell J. Schleifer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the magazine, discusses a family seeking counseling and describes how, via the counseling process, the life of each family member is affected. The cases are from private consultation files; the names and circumstances have been changed to preserve confidentiality.

Each case study illustrates the complexity of human interactions and how parents' own childhood relationships with their parents later come into play as they raise their children. These case studies also demonstrate the continuing themes of sibling relationships: fairness, responsibilities, expectations, and the need for information.

In each of the families, we see the validity of the statement by Schreiber in his article "Forgotten Children" in Part I: "Sometimes parents feel that their child who is not disabled may need professional help . . . because they may react to special stresses in the family in unfamiliar or unacceptable ways." In addition, as the family crises in each of the families become resolved with the guidance and support of the psychotherapist, we appreciate Schreiber's further comments about how the unfamiliar or unacceptable

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • PART I Siblings Begin to Talk Together 1
  • Brother to Sister, Sister to Brother 3
  • Forgotten Children 33
  • PART II Parents and Professionals 41
  • For the Love of Wess 45
  • A Sibling Born Without Disabilities: A Special Kind of Challenge 51
  • When the Youngest Becomes the Oldest 55
  • Brothers With a Difference 61
  • Darwin and Caleb 65
  • Christina Loves Katherine 71
  • Is That Your Brother? Our Family's Response 75
  • The Sibling Situation 79
  • But Not Enough to Tell the Truth: Developmental Needs of Siblings 83
  • PART III Siblings 87
  • The Other Children 91
  • Life With My Sister: Guilty No More 97
  • My Brother Warren 103
  • My Special Brother 107
  • Reflections of a College Freshman: Away from Home for the First Time 109
  • Courage in Adversity: My Brother Dick 111
  • Dear Mom 115
  • PART IV Case Studies 121
  • When I Grow Up, I'm Never Coming Back! 133
  • Jerry Got Lost in the Shuffle 139
  • We Go Our Separate Way, Together but Alone 147
  • I'm Not Going to Be John's Baby Sitter Forever 155
  • PART V Young Siblings 163
  • Conclusion 171
  • Resources 173
  • Index 175
  • About the Editors 177
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