Resources for Teen Siblings
Sibteen is a place where teenage sibs of people with disabilities can connect with others who get it. It’s a fun and thoughtful group where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand!
Here is a video from OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services highlighting the sibling perspective. Check it out!
Helping Sibs of Kids with Disabilities Manage Embarrassment
This great resource offers tips and strategies to manage the joys and challenges of growing up with a sib with a disability. Good reminders for us all!
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers, and caregivers confront daily. This extends to siblings, who often face overwhelming challenges – similar to those that parents encounter – but at a time before they’ve developed appropriate coping strategies.
To address the need for information and support, OAR has launched its “Autism Sibling Support” initiative, beginning with three new resources:
- Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide
- Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens
- Autism, My Sibling, and Me (workbook for young children, ages 5 to 10)
Siblings with a Mission is an international, nonprofit organization that supports siblings who have brothers and sisters with developmental disabilities and complex health conditions. They provide resources for siblings of all ages and those who support them, including parents, family members, health care professionals, and service providers.
Teens Speak Out in Impact
the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., you can easily access 24/7 emotional support. You do not have to be suicidal to reach out. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, can be easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on 988lifeline.org.