Having a child with a disability changes the dynamics of the entire family, including the interaction between siblings. Typical siblings in these families are not often given the opportunity to express and deal with the struggles that surface when having a sibling with a disability, and often times parents do not know how to help their child cope with their frustrations or interact with their sibling.
In this short video, child therapist Lynsey Pearson, M.S.Ed, PC, discusses how typical children can be affected by having a sibling with a disability and how families can help them cope. “It is imperative that we recognize the effect that having a sibling with a disability has on a child and give them the attention and understanding that they deserve. Not only does this support the child in the struggles they may be facing, but also fosters the development of a happy and healthy relationship between siblings,” says Lynsey.
Each summer Lynsey leads a six-session support group for children who have children with disabilities. To learn dates and times, see our events & workshops listing.
Lynsey Pearson, M.S.Ed, PC is professional counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton. Throughout her career, she has worked with children with developmental disabilities and their families, from the moment of diagnosis into adulthood.