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Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
Edited by Donald J. Meyer


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isbn# 978-0-933149-98-4
7" x 10"
106 pages
30 line illustrationsl
Grades 3-7
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"Have you ever wondered how having a child with Down syndrome is really affecting your other children? Donald Meyer is the Director of the Sibling Support Project in Seattle and he knows. But instead of telling us himself, he had 45 children, ages 4 to 18, write about their lives with their sisters and brothers with special needs. (Eight of them have Down syndrome.)

This book, written by and for children, helps them meet other kids who have similar thoughts and experiences. The good stuff, the not-so-good stuff, and everything in between are here. This book would make a very nice gift."
-NADS News, January 1998 (National Association for Down Syndrome)

"A collection of 45 brief essays by children and young adults who have a sibling with special needs, ranging from mental retardation through a number of rare syndromes. The writings are arranged in chronological order, from that of a 4-year-old to an 18- year-old. As such, they vary in quality as well as in insight into family relationships. The writings seem to be quite honest as some children come right out and say that they feel they are treated unfairly and that their siblings can get away with things that they cannot. In most cases, however, the children speak out against those who make fun of or misunderstand the youngsters who are different. As such, this book would be useful for schools that have special-ed programs or a number of mainstreamed students for it concentrates on what special-needs children can do rather than what they cannot, and makes a firm statement advocating community support for all members of the family. The final piece is an eloquent plea for giving opportunities to special children. The drawings illustrate the children in sometimes amusing ways and add informality rather than clarification. Information on the special needs is included, as well as addresses and Web sites to find more information. The disabilities or disorders are explained in a glossary. This is certainly a different kind of book on developmental disabilities and, as such, fills a need."
-School Library Journal

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