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Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
One young girl describes her 24-year-old brother who is barely verbal and, in her words "is like a 4-year-old child." This young man loves clocks and can watch them indefintely and his sister describes her trips to clock shops so he can watch clocks.
Another child describes providing skilled care for her older brother who is 12 and has a severe case of cerebral palsy.
A brother and sister, in individual installments introduce readers to their sister who has Down Syndrome.
A young boy tells of life with a sibling who has autism.
These are but a few of the heartwarming, gut-wrenching real accounts involved in day-to-day contact with a sibling who has special needs. Each child brings a special brand of input to the table and readers will come away with a sense of empowerment and enrichment. This is an excellent book for families to bond over and explore issues with. It is also an extraordinary teaching tool. If nothing else, it will certainly raise the flag of acceptance. Please read this and share it with somebody.
I imagine some of the essays could cause embarrassment for some families since the kids were quite honest with their feelings and interpretations. One girl said she did not like when her mother yelled at her disabled brother. Many of the siblings assist in the daily living for their special needs brother or sister. Some of the essays offer advice on how to treat your sibling, while others have attended Sibshops and kept in contact with other siblings.
Each sibling cares for their brother or sister, worries about them when they are at school and has a basic understanding of the therapies involved with their siblings. The older siblings were able to express themselves with details on school placement and going out in the community with their special needs sibling.
A common statement from the siblings is how it is hard for them to do things they like because there is no one to watch their sibling with a disability and too hard to bring them along on outings in the community.
This has helped me as a parent to two autistic children because my older son is verbal and can comprehend that his brother is not like other kids.
I only wish books like Views from our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs and Laughing & Loving with Autism: A Collection of "Real Life" Warm & Humorous Stories were around thirty years ago to assist me as a sibling.Read more ›
I would recommend this book highly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for older kids maybe but not under 10. Not sure about the "wisdom" for my child. It was more a book of kids venting about their siblings, but stating they still love... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jackie J
my twin grandson was born with this and he has a twin brother and a older sister some day can read it and understand . it helped me understand. wonderful book.Published 9 months ago by colleen
Bought the book for our able daughter to know that she's not alone in having a disabled sibling. Me and husband were reading it and found it useful too - could identify with some... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J Austen
Very cleverly written and quite an eye-opener for family members. Good to know we are not alone!Published 20 months ago by Concerned mom
I would definitely recommend this book! Its written from the perspective of a bunch of different children of various ages who have a sibling with special needs. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Vica
I've used this with kids one-on-one if the child is upset at all the attention his or her sibling is receiving because of a special need. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by N. C. Farrand
Our 11 year old daughter has a lot on her plate to deal with her younger brother who is legally blind and has Aspergers. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by T. Murray