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Special siblings : growing up with someone with a disability / by Mary McHugh.

By: McHugh, Mary.
Baltimore, MD : Paul H. Brookes, 2003Edition: Revised edition.Description: xxvii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1557666075; 9781557666079.Subject(s): DISABILITY | CHILDREN | ADOLESCENTS | ADULTS | SIBLINGS | SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS | SIBLING CAREGIVERS | FAMILY DYNAMICS | FUTURE PLANNING | CASE STUDIES | BIOGRAPHYOnline resources: Sample text | Table of contents | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
Foreword / Stanley D. Klein -- Childhood -- Your Needs -- The Need to Identify with a Parent's Grief -- The Need for Attention -- The Need to Achieve -- The Need for Information -- Why Parents Have Difficulty Talking About Disabilities -- Your Parents' Marriage -- Your Family's Problem-Solving Style -- Marriages in Trouble -- Fathers -- Your Feelings and How to Cope with Them -- Anger -- Guilt -- Embarrassment -- Help for Siblings -- How Did You Get That Way? -- Type and Severity of the Disability -- Cystic Fibrosis -- Cerebral Palsy -- "Invisible" Disabilities -- Hearing Impairment -- Mental Retardation Requiring Limited Support -- Autism Spectrum Disorder -- Mental Illness -- When the Disability Occurs -- Birth Order and Gender -- When the Younger Sibling Surpasses the Older -- Size of the Family -- Adolescence -- Adolescent Angst -- Embarrassment with New Friends -- Mental Illness -- Fitting In -- Life Is Unfair -- Anger and Frustration -- Guilt -- Getting Help -- Love and Pride -- Who Are You? -- Asking to Be Included in Family Discussions -- The Search for Identity -- Fear of Abandonment -- Peer Pressure -- Adulthood -- Someone to Talk To -- Deal with Anger -- Talk to Someone -- SibNet -- Friends -- Your Relationships -- Caretakers -- Escape Artists -- Influence of a Sibling's Disability on Potential Relationships -- When Do You Bring up the Disability? -- Choosing Friends -- Relatives -- Your Career -- Choosing Human Services Work -- When the Human Services Field Is Not the Right Choice.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-226) and index.

Foreword / Stanley D. Klein -- Childhood -- Your Needs -- The Need to Identify with a Parent's Grief -- The Need for Attention -- The Need to Achieve -- The Need for Information -- Why Parents Have Difficulty Talking About Disabilities -- Your Parents' Marriage -- Your Family's Problem-Solving Style -- Marriages in Trouble -- Fathers -- Your Feelings and How to Cope with Them -- Anger -- Guilt -- Embarrassment -- Help for Siblings -- How Did You Get That Way? -- Type and Severity of the Disability -- Cystic Fibrosis -- Cerebral Palsy -- "Invisible" Disabilities -- Hearing Impairment -- Mental Retardation Requiring Limited Support -- Autism Spectrum Disorder -- Mental Illness -- When the Disability Occurs -- Birth Order and Gender -- When the Younger Sibling Surpasses the Older -- Size of the Family -- Adolescence -- Adolescent Angst -- Embarrassment with New Friends -- Mental Illness -- Fitting In -- Life Is Unfair -- Anger and Frustration -- Guilt -- Getting Help -- Love and Pride -- Who Are You? -- Asking to Be Included in Family Discussions -- The Search for Identity -- Fear of Abandonment -- Peer Pressure -- Adulthood -- Someone to Talk To -- Deal with Anger -- Talk to Someone -- SibNet -- Friends -- Your Relationships -- Caretakers -- Escape Artists -- Influence of a Sibling's Disability on Potential Relationships -- When Do You Bring up the Disability? -- Choosing Friends -- Relatives -- Your Career -- Choosing Human Services Work -- When the Human Services Field Is Not the Right Choice.

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.

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