How has your social-emotional development been influenced by your interactions with your siblings throughout your life?
We learn to exhibit a variety of emotions, including love, frustration, devotion, and jealousy, through our siblings. These relationships provide us with companionship and support, as well as the ability to resolve difficult situations. We understand the importance of social relationships and how they help us create our identities here.
What's the difference when there's a special-needs child in the picture? Naturally, due to the differing demands of the sibling with special needs, the family dynamic and structure will need to be adjusted; nonetheless, there are numerous advantages to having a disabled sibling for your child.
It has been claimed that children with a disabled brother are more gentle and kind, sensitive, and responsive to the needs of others. As a result, they are said to be tolerant, compassionate, responsible, autonomous, and mature.
As a sibling to a child with a handicap, it is expected that our mental processes of how we think and feel will change on a daily basis. It's critical to acknowledge that both the good and bad moments are common throughout this trip, just as they are for the parents. The following is a list of emotions that siblings of disabled children may experience:
When a sibling with a disability achieves something or has a personal understanding of what disability is, the sibling may feel proud.
Anger and Resentment
Your youngster may believe that they are competing for your attention or that their obligations are different from their disabled sibling's. If they feel limited in what they can accomplish, as well as the strain of caring for their sister, they may become resentful.
They may be humiliated by their siblings' public behaviour and what their classmates think of them. questioned
Your child may be disappointed that their sibling is unable to partake in the same activities, games, and experiences as them.
They may have a "no one understands" attitude because they believe they are unable to relate to others about their disability experience.
Your neurotypical youngster may be concerned about their future duties in their sibling's life, as well as the possibility of their erratic behaviour.
With all of these feelings in mind, you may be asking yourself, "What can I do?" First and foremost, you must provide support for your neurotypical child by ensuring that you have personal activities you can do with them one-on-one. This can also be empathised by recognising their efforts to the family and letting them know how important their participation is.
It's also critical for them to be able to communicate both happy and negative emotions while also knowing that they're accepted and understood. This can be extended to involving them in the decision-making process for your special-needs child, as it will reinforce the fact that their perspective is valued.
Above all, let your children be kids and enjoy all the pleasures of growing up!