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Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs Paperback – February 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (February 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590301501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Insightful and informative, honest and heartening, Being the Other One is an empowering guide that illuminates the lifelong challenges faced by the siblings of people with disabilities. Whether you're a parent, a professional, or, like Kate Strohm herself, a sibling, you reach for this book again and again, finding both support and solutions in its pages."—Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey

"This book really made me think. Kate Strohm's wise commentary urges us all to be honest about the rough parts of living with disability in the family, and her practical strategies help us to make the most of what's good."—Judy Karasik, coauthor of The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family

"A wonderfully readable and practical contribution to the growing list of books about and by siblings of people who have disabilities. Kate does a marvelous job of weaving her personal experiences with useful advice for parents, service providers, and siblings themselves."—Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project of the Arc of the United States

About the Author

Kate Strohm is a counselor, health educator, and journalist. She is the director of Siblings Australia, a program that provides resources and support for siblings of children with special needs, as well as for their families and health care providers. She is a sibling herself to a sister with cerebral palsy.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The Other One on October 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I chose this book, I thought I would be adding to my teacher-knowledge of people with special needs and their families. I was stunned to find myself crying: this was me! I was reading about me and my family! The roots of my lifelong struggles and current stress were made plain. But who in MY family had special needs? I never thought of it that way. My sister has struggled with her weight and moods all her life, and so have we all. I am "the other one," and now I know why. I highly recommend this book, for speaking the "unspoken." Knowledge gives us the ability to understand, and to heal. At the end of each chapter are both a summary and strategies to deal with these issues. The author has given us an amazingly practical, working tool, in easy to read format. Whether you are a family member, teacher, or health professional, you'll be glad you read this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on September 18, 2007
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I grew up with a disabled younger brother, and am only now, in my 40s, starting to realize what affect that had on me, and on my way of reacting to life. This book gives me permission to explore this, without feeling guilty. I thank the author for her compassion and frankness. The many examples and testimonies allow a glimpse of many kinds of different affects, depending on different family situations. I highly recommend this book. It helps me understand myself a little better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Hanson on September 22, 2008
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I encourage siblings and parents to read this book if someone in their family has a disability. It hit so many issues dead on that I never realized anyone else experienced. It allows siblings to take an honest look at their experiences while growing up with someone who has a disability. It also gives great tips for how families can address these issues early on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deena160 on July 16, 2011
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This was recommended by someone in a caregiver support group. I bought this for my oldest daughter who has had to grow up with two disabled siblings. She's 20 now and I wish I'd read it 10+ years ago. Both my husband and I read it and thought it was pretty good and helpful to understand how growing up "The Other One" makes you different. Of course, we were aware to some degree, but it always helps reading about others' experiences. Will be giving it to my daughter next week and I hope knowing that she's not alone in how she's felt will help her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SLaw on February 7, 2012
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As a sibling of an older sister with special needs, I have spent the last 25 years of my life feeling like I was alone in the frustrations, anger and disappointment. I cannot tell you the relief that I have experienced just by reading this book. I know it doesn't change things, but it is nice to know that I am not a "bad person" for feeling some of the things that I have about my sister. This book has demonstrated that there are others out there, like me, who are working to address the difficulties that having a sibling with special needs causes, and ultimately thrive. I also just bought it for my parents, because I believe that reading this book, will help them see my point of view. In fact, conversations about this book that I have had with my parents have already gotten the ball rolling towards healing a very strained relationship. I would highly recommend it!
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