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Part IV in Sibling Panel Series

In the first post, we shared our adult Sib Panel’s personal insights at growing up with a special needs sibling.  Earnestly and honestly, they shared their struggles as well as blessings gained.

In the second post, we highlighted practical recommendations how parents and families can help support Sibs.

In the third post, we shared research provided by Debbie Lillo from Joni and Friends.

In this fourth post, we conclude our series with a list of resources parents and churches can review with Sibs.  The articles, movies, books and websites listed below are both faith-based and secular, and can help serve as age-appropriate conversation starters.



Online Articles:

Explaining Special Needs to Your Child:  15 Great Children’s Books

Autism’s Invisible Victims:  The Siblings

Perpetual Parenting

The Special Relationships Special Needs Siblings Have

The Special Relationship Special-Needs Siblings Can Have

Helping Special Needs Siblings Feel Special, Too

What About the Siblings?

Siblings In A Special Needs Family

Siblings of Kids With Special Needs:  Do Their Lives Change?

Equal But Different

A hair-dryer kid in a toaster-brained world

Joni and Friends:  A Sister’s Role

Siblings tanks on added responsibilities for disabled brothers or sisters

Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson inspired by older brother’s perseverance


Picture Books:

Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs, Donald Meyer, Patricia Vadasy

Views from Our Shoes:  Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs, Donald Meyer

Brothers and Sisters, Donald Meyer

In Jessie’s Shoes, Beverly Lewis

You Are Special, Max Lucado

You Are Mine, Max Lucado

If Only I Had A Green Nose, Max Lucado

My Friend Has Autism (Friends With Disabilities), Amanda Doering Tourville

My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, Kathy Hoopman

All Dogs Have ADHD, Kathy Hoopman

All Kinds of Friends, Even Green! Ellen B. Senisi (spina bifida)

My Friend Isabelle, Eliza Woloson (Down Syndrome)

Shelly The Hyperactive Turtle, Deborah M. Moss (ADHD)

Since We’re Friends:  An Autism Picture Book, Celeste Shally and David Harrington (autism)

We’ll Pain The Octopus Red, Stephanie Stuve-Boden (Down Syndrome)

Don’t Call Me Special, Pat Thomas (physical disabilities)

Enrique speaks with his hands, Benjamin Fudge (sign language)

My Brother Matthew, Mary Thompson (nonspecific disabilities)

My Brother is Very Special, Amy May (apraxia)

The Alphabet War, Diane Burton Robb (dyslexia)

What’s Wrong With Timmy?  Maria Shriver

Keep Your Ear on the Ball, Genevieve Petrillo (blindness)

Rules, Cynthia Lord (autism)

Different Like Me:  My Book of Autism Heroes, Jennifer Elder

When My Worries Get Too Big!  Kari Dunn Buron (anxiety)

The Autism Acceptance Book:  Being a Friend to Someone With Autism, Ellen Sabin

My Friend With Autism, Beverly Bishop




Thicker than Water:  Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities, Donald Meyer

Boy Alone:  A Brother’s Memoir, Karl Taro Greenfeld (autism)



Arthur episodes on Aspergers Syndrome, “When Carl Met George”


Faith Jegede:  What I’ve learned From My Autistic Brothers


Long Brothers (Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year 2012)


Tobias writes to local Oklahoma news on behalf of his older brother Titus





The Story of Luke






Where Can I Borrow Materials?

Aside from purchasing new, parents can inquire with your local SELPA, Special Education department, or public library for borrowing.

County libraries can request materials to be transferred from another local branch.  Or, you can also place a request for your library to purchase an item if they don’t have it in circulation already.

Other local lending libraries include:



Do you know other good resources to recommend?   Please share in the Comments section below, so we can keep adding to this list.

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