Resources for Parents and Other Family Members

5 Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families

Siblings Under Stress

Advice From Siblings of Special-Needs Kids

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Siblings Cope

Tips for Parents Talking To Their Children About Their Sibling with Disabilities (Word Doc)

Asperger’s Sibling Support: 15 Practical Tips for Parents/Caregivers This handbook provides parents/caregivers with viable strategies for supporting Asperger’s siblings (the often-overlooked piece in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) support puzzle). 

better bookBy collaborating  on this handbook with a professional psychologist, the author was able to leverage the insight she learned from years of counseling about her lifelong relationship with her own brother. The success of the collaboration is evident here — you’ll find an accurate understanding and explanation of Asperger’s sibling dynamics. In step-by-step format, the author provides straightforward information for helping Asperger’s siblings deal with day-to-day challenges such as explaining Asperger’s behavior to others, understanding lopsided household rules, feeling loved and respected as an individual outside of their role as an Asperger’s sibling, and comprehending the unique advantages of living in an Asperger’s family. This is an important resource for anyone wanting to understand and support ASD siblings.


The Waisman Center, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has developed a disability awareness Spanish language radio novela. The Chavez family story is told over 13 episodes and begins with Ana’s diagnosis with cerebral palsy through her first job as a young adult. It provides an entertaining and educational insight into the experience of families, siblings and children with disabilities and community members as they move through the different settings and life cycle events of Ana and her family.  To request copies, email the Waisman Center. For additional information about the novela contact Elizabeth Hecht at 608-263-7148.

The Sibling Support Project  – What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to KnowEn Español

Cerebral Palsy Guide provides educational information, financial options and emotional support for parents and children impacted by cerebral palsy.