Professionals

Brothers & Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families by Thomas H. Powell and Peggy Ahrenhold Gallagher, 1992, Paul H Brookes Pub Co. The reader-friendly volume appeals both to faculty at teaching and research institutions and to family members and practitioners who work with people with disabilities. In addition, the book provides an extended focus on family members beyond parents, including grandparents and other extended family members who interact with siblings in their relationships within a family

Brothers, Sisters and Special Needs: Information and Activities for Helping Young Siblings of Children with Chronic Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities by Debra Lobato, 1990, Paul H Brookes Pub Co. “Brothers, sisters, and special needs” shows professionals and parents how they can help a child’s understanding of disability or chronic illness develop in a healthy, adaptive direction during the preschool and elementary school years.

Sibshops by Don Meyer, 1994, Paul H Brookes Pub Co. This book is aimed at parents of children with a disability, adult siblings, and professionals who work with families. It is highly accessible, informative, and a pleasure to read. The text is interspersed with cartoon drawings and pictures that add considerably to the general sparkle of the whole work.

Wishing On the Midnight Star: My Asperger Brother by Nancy Ogaz, 2004, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. These books could be useful for working with a class where children with Asperger’s are to be included. Staff would be reminded very powerfully of the young people’s feelings and fears in being in class and school and how they will cope. The books could prompt discussions in class to help other pupils to understand more and, one hopes, target less children who are going to be different.’