Ciarlo EDSP 432 Module 2 Activity 2
Response to the Impact of Disability on Families
What is the impact of having a child with a disability on families?
Having a Sibling with a Disability video (see below) - In this video two siblings talk about their experiences growing up with a sister who has cerebral palsy and their feelings about their family life.
Autism's Affect on Siblings video (see below) - In this video, CBS talks to a doctor who specializes in helping parents and siblings with their family member who has autism.
" I feel like I had to grow up rather quickly - and I didn't have as much quality time with my mum and dad to just be a kid" - Charlotte, 19
What I've Learned
I also learned from the Organizations website that we have a lot of groups here that parents and families can go to for support. I also learned that there are groups that can point families in the direction of seminars, health care facilities, and sport organization for their child with disabilities.
A second take away was that some siblings felt jealous at time that their sibling with the disability was taking that parent time away from them.
My third take away is from the Autism's Affect on Siblings video. I learned that the siblings of a child with autism can feel very lonely and left out growing up.
My fourth take away is from the 10 Helpful Special Needs Organization site. It was that there are resources and groups just for parents who have a child with a disability as well as ones for their child.
My fifth take away is that there is a group called Parent to Parent USA that will help match parents with other parents who have a child with the same disability. This is so that these parents can connect and help support one another.