Sibling Issues

Presenter: Dr. Graham Hartkehartke-graham-271sq

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Siblings of special needs children face unique challenges that are often overshadowed by other family needs. They must navigate issues of sharing, fairness, stress, helping out, and understanding. Dr. Hartke speaks about the challenges these siblings and their parents face, as well as strategies to help foster their positive development.


  1. KelleyT says

    Are there any extra suggestions you have for households where all siblings have special needs?

  2. KelleyT says

    What is an example of “is fair always equal”?

  3. KelleyT says

    Do you have any more suggestions for how to handle the sibling w/out special needs who imitates his sibling with tics?

  4. KelleyT says

    What are some signs that a sibling without special needs might be struggling, particularly if they are “the gifted child” and seem to
    have it all together?

  5. KelleyT says

    You touched on this briefly, but would appreciate your comments about any studies you are aware of that have followed kids thru adulthood to see of their early relationship problems with their sibs smooth out when they finally “grow up”?

  6. KelleyT says

    You talked about family game night – that can be complicated even with the best of intentions. We are playing a simple board game and the 10 year old with anxiety/OCD can’t stay focused, walks around the room waiting for his turn, we keep calling him back to engage in the game, throws the dice so hard they fall on the floor etc. Not only creates an environment where his sibs do not want to play with him, but extends the time we have allotted for game playing before getting ready for bed. Any suggestions?

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