From Virginia Bassi, Ph.D.:
I am a licensed clinical psychologist doing research for a book I am writing on Siblings of Special Needs Children. I have worked with children and families with special needs children for over 25 years.
I am not a sibling of a special needs child, but my children are. One day, many years ago, my perceptive daughter told me I didn’t know what it was like to be the sibling. She was right. I listened to her story and realized that few professionals; teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc., ever hear these stories or inquire about them. Being in a family with a special needs child has an impact on each family member. These stories are important and need to be told and heard. I’d like to tell them. Please tell me your story.
You can define “special needs” as you see it and have experienced it. It can be diabetes, behavior challenges, cognitive impairment, autism, chronic illness, mental illness, etc. If you feel you’ve been raised with a special needs sibling, I want to hear your story.
All identifying information will be kept confidential. Names in the book will be changed to protect anonymity.
I would love to interview you at your convenience via phone, email, or in person. Please feel free to call me at 415.497.0356 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to thank you for your help in advance. Please feel free to pass this email on to everyone you know and post it on your Facebook page!