"Siblings are too important to ignore because no one logs more hours and minutes with special needs children than their brothers and sisters, with the exception of the parents, usually the mother," he emphasized.Moreover, siblings will be in the lives of the disabled family member longer than anyone, including service providers and parents, a relationship often in excess of 65 or 70 years, he told Psychiatry Advisor.
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"Additionally, cultural, parenting, or family patterns of secrecy prevent siblings from being included." Although the siblings know that there is something wrong, they are "left in the waiting room, wondering what is going on with their brother or sister." "Because children have wild imaginations, in the absence of accurate information, they imagine that the situation is worse than it actually is," said Dr Milevsky, who is also associate professor, Department of Psychology, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
So "it is important for parents to clue children in and keep them updated," he advised.
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