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BOOKS, VIDEOS & DVDS IN ACTIV LIBRARY - A SELECTION


Autism through a sister's eyes : a book for children about high-functioning autism and related disorders / Band, Eve B.; Hecht, Emily. -- Arlington, Tex.: Future Horizons, Inc. 2001. 67 p.

Nine year old Emily introduces us to her eleven year old brother Daniel. Daniel has autism and Emily shares with the reader some of the things she has experienced. For parents and children to read together, this book focuses on children who have siblings with autism and related disorders. Provides information on high functioning autism and promotes discussion about feelings and experiences living with a brother or sister with autism. Includes a glossary of terms and discussion questions for parents and children.

SC/AUT BAN [P10946]










Babies are noisy : a book for big brothers and sisters including those on the autism spectrum. / Harrison, Anne-Marie. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2014. 1 vol (unpaged) ; 22 cm.

This illustrated children's book is for preparing young children age three and up for the arrival of a new brother or sister. It covers everything from trips to the hospital and new sounds and smells in the home, to the fun family times ahead. It is full of strategies for coping with the sensory issues and routine changes that a new baby brings as the story is explained from the perspective of a child on the autism spectrum.

CC 301.427 HAR [P15199]










The best worst brother / Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 2005. [25 p.]

Emma is teaching her young brother Isaac to communicate with sign language but finds it very hard to be patient with him. Isaac has Down syndrome and ignores his sisters efforts to communicate. A book for siblings aged 4-8 years that includes a question and answer section about sign language at the end of the story.

CC 301.4273 STU [P10992]










Boy alone : a brother's memoir / Greenfeld, Karl Taro. -- New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 2009. 355 p.; 24 cm.

In this book the acclaimed journalist "speaks out about growing up in the shadow of his autistic brother, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined his childhood. Boy Alone is his brutally honest memoir of the hopes, dreams and realities of life with a mentally disabled sibling". (Book Jacket)

SC/AUT GRE [P12674]








Brotherly feelings : me, my emotions, and my brother with Asperger's syndrome / Frender, Sam; Schiffmiller, Robin. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007. 64 p.

An exploration of the emotions that siblings of children with Asperger's Syndrome commonly experience. Illustrated throughout, this book will help siblings to understand that their emotional responses - whatever they are - are natural and OK. Ideal for parents and professionals to use with siblings to discuss their emotional experiences, it can also help children with Asperger syndrome to form an understanding of the feelings of other family members.

SC/ASP FRE [P11802]








Brothers, sisters, and special needs. Information and activities for helping young siblings of children with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities / Lobato, Debra J. -- Balt.: Paul H. Brookes, c1990. 213p. ill.

Has an accompanying kit with cards and photos . See P70615.

CC 301.4273 LOB [P00665;P07195]








Daniel / Wilson, Sue; Wilson, Michael David. -- Claremont, WA: Sue Wilson, [2001] [29p]., col. ill.

Written by Michael, aged six, about his three year old brother Daniel who has Down Syndrome. The book is engaging and well illustrated with colour photographs of the two boys.

SC/DOW WIL [P09977;P09978]










Everybody is different : a book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism / Bleach, Fiona. -- London: National Autistic Society, 2001. 79 p.

A resource to help young people who have a brother, sister, relative or friend with autism. The book is designed to help siblings understand autism with the aim of managing difficult times and making the most of quality time together. The book defines autism and explains its characteristics and includes a chapter on odd behaviours. Issues on feelings are explored and strategies for coping in difficult times to make life easier are offered. There is a section on explaining special help schools and therapies and a glossary of terms.

SC/AUT BLE [P10775]








Family matters : siblings and cerebral palsy / CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. -- Perth: Cerebral Palsy Association of WA, 2006. 1 DVD

This DVD is a documentary film about the experiences of three famililies living with Cerebral Palsy, and the relationship dynamics between siblings within these families. Through the personal stories "this film provides an insight and understanding about the strengths and the challenges that such families have".(DVD cover)

SC/V CER FAM [P11961]










Fasten your seatbelt : a crash course on Down syndrome for brothers and sisters / Skotko, Brian G.; Levine, Susan P. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 2009. viii, 191 p. : 23 cm.

This book is a guide to the joys and challenges of growing up with a brother or sister who has Down Syndrome.

SC/DOW SKO [P15672]










I love you Natty : a sibling's introduction to Down's syndrome / Goleniowska, Mia; Goleniowska, Hayley. -- [UK]: Downs Side Up, 2014. 28 p. ; 21 cm.

This is a first introduction to Down's syndrome. It is a positive book to help a sibling understand why the new baby needs to spend some time in hospital, why adults were worried, and how the sibling could be involved and welcome the new baby into the family, and somtimes give a little extra help and support. It looks at how the new sibling can be fun, but sometimes annoying like any other.

SC/DOW GOL [P15319]










I'm a teenager... get me out of here! A survival guide for teenage siblings of young people with autism / Brock, Carolyn. -- London: National Autistic Society, 2010. 39 p. ; 30 cm.

Written for teenage siblings of a brother or sister with autism, this is a light-hearted but helpful survival guide. It aims to help them realise they are not alone, feel encouraged that they are doing OK, know where to look for further help, understand their sibling better, explain the brother or sister to other people, work out ways of avoiding difficult situations, see the good things that can come from having a sibling with autism, and laugh and see their situation in perspective.

SC/AUT BRO [P14128]








Ian's walk : a story about autism / Lears, Laurie. -- Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co, 1998. 32p., ill.

A picture book about a young girl Julie and her brother Ian, who has autism. When Ian gets lost in the park Tara realises how much she cares about him. An engaging story which illustrates the difficulties of sibling relationships.

SC/AUT LEA [P08922;P08921;P08927]










In Jesse's shoes : appreciating kids with special needs / Lewis, Beverly. -- Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House Publishers, 2007. [29 p.]

In this story, Jesse's sister Allie struggles to understand her eleven year old brother and becomes frustrated by some of his behaviours. When Allie walks Jesse to his special school bus, other kids make fun of both of them. One day Jesse makes his sister try his own shoes on and she begins to understand the way he views the world. This beautifully illustrated book encourages families and others to appreciate and befriend children with intellectual disabilities.

CC 306.876 LEW [P12097]








Just because / Elliott, Rebecca. -- Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2010. 1 vol (unpaged) ; 27 cm.

Toby thinks his sister Clemmie is the best and this is the heart-warming story of their adventures and the special bond between a brother and sister - no matter that "she can't walk, talk, move around much".

CC 301.4273 WIL [P14096]










Leah's voice / DeMonia, Lori. -- Houston Tex.: Halo Publishing International, 2012. 27 p. ; 22 cm.

Leah's voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism. Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren't more understanding. Leah's Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges.Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

SC/AUT DEM [P15147]










My brother Ben / Kingston, Sarah; Davies, Cathie. -- Brisbane: book in hand, 2004. 32 p. ; 21 cm.

This book was written by a young girl about her twin brother with autism. It was written by Sarah as a way of introducing her brother to his classmates when Ben started attending classes at a mainstream school. By sharing it, Sarah and her mother hope it will help others to understand, respect and enjoy differences in children they meet.

SC/AUT KIN [P13634]










My brother Charlie / Peete, Holly Robinson; Peete, Ryan Elizabeth. -- New York: Scholastic Press, 2010. 29 p. ; 29 cm.

The authors wrote this book as a gift to families struggling with autism and to those who have no autism in their immediate families but who have friends who are facing it. It is about how special all children are, and how every one of us can find value in the uniqueness of people. The story is told from a sister's point of view, as her brother teaches the family important lessons about togetherness, hope, tolerance and love.

SC/AUT PEE [P15145]










My brother is autistic / Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer. -- New York: Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 2008. 31 p. ; 24 cm.

This book tells the story of a boy whose brother Billy had autism. When he becomes embarrassed by Billy's behaviour in front of friends, he asks his teacher to explain autism to the kids in school. With their teacher's help, the children learn about people who were able to overcome the challenges of autism and go on to do important things. It describes some of the realities that children with autism and their brothers and sisters experience every day. The author encourages all children to learn patience, understanding, and tolerance when dealing with an autistic friend. It includes a note to parents at the end.

SC/AUT MOO [P14226]










My brother is different / Gorrod, Louise. -- London: National Autistic Society, 1997. 20p

Using simple language and engaging illustrations, this book looks at autism from the perspective of a sibling.

SC/AUT GOR [P14221;P07932]










My brother is different : a parents' guide to help children cope with an autistic sibling : a sibling's guide to coping with autism.My brother is different : a sibling's guide to coping with autism / Morvay, Barbara J. 2009. 83 p. ; 22 cm.

The focus of this book is the sibling of an autistic child. It is a guide to help families cope with the overwhelming feelings and fears experienced by the "normal" child. The book is two-sided. Part 1 is for the parents and deals honestly with the effect their autistic child is having on the other child. On the other side Part 2 and 3 are written from the child's perspective. The thoughts and feelings of the sibling are shared through his eyes. The aim of Part 3 is to help children accept and cope with their life while reinforcing parental love.

SC/AUT MOR [P14164]










My eXtra special brother : how to love, understand, and celebrate your sibling with special needs / Heyman, Carly. -- USA: aMuse Productions, 2003. 93 p.

The author is the sister of an older brother who has Fragile X syndrome. Her story offers support to any siblings who have a brother or sister with special needs. The book focuses on the positives of special needs children and how siblings can maintain a beneficial family relationship whilst overcoming the many challenges faced on the journey through life. Included in the book is a section on frequently asked questions about Fragile X syndrome.

SC/FRA HEY [P10717]








My family is different : a workbook for children with a brother or sister who has autism or Asperger syndrome / Brock, Carolyn. -- London: National Autistic Society, 2007. 40 p. ; 30 cm.

This book is aimed at helping children aged 5-8 years who have a brother or sister with autism or Asperger syndrome to understand him or her better. It also: encourages honest and open dialogue between family members about the impact of autism on their lives; encourages brothers and sisters to think about ways they can help eachother; assists parents in seeing things from the perspective of all their children; celebrate differences and see the positive side of autism. It includes photocopiable activities and games.

SC/AUT BRO [P12891]










My sister, Alicia May / Ling, Nancy Tupper. -- Raynham Center, MA: Pleasant St. Press, 2009. 26 p. ; 26 cm.

This is a beautifully illustrated book for siblings and peers of children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Based on the lives of two real sisters, this book expresses the joys and challenges of growing up with a sibling who has special needs. It also offers a window into their world for all children, teachers, and members of the community.

SC/DOW LIN [P15144]










My sister is different / Hunter, Sarah Tamsin. -- London: National Autistic Society, 2006. 20 p.

Ten year old Sarah writes about living with her younger sister who has autism. She describes the many challenges and the fun times to help other children who have siblings on the autism spectrum. Suitable for children up to 12 years old.

SC/AUT HUN [P11673]








My sister Leila / Blunsden, Allie. -- Beaconsfield, WA: Watch Mouse Publishing, 2013. 1 v. (unpaged) ; 21 cm

This illustrated book is a unique story about a special family. Leila has cerebral palsy and this story is written by her mother for her own children and all the siblings who live with a brother or sister with special needs. The author's hope is that parents can use it to encourage open lines of communication between siblings and parents so that they realise it is okay to express the feelings they have, even when they are not always positive. It is also important that they contemplate the wonder and joy their special needs brother or sister bring to their lives.

SC/CER BLU [P14941]










My special brother Rory / Fairfoot, Ellie; Mayne, Jenny. -- London: The National Autistic Society, 2004. 16 p. ; 15 cm.

This book about a brother with autism was written by the author when she was six and a half years old. She describes why her brother is special.

SC/AUT FAI [P13126]










Oh brother! Growing up with a special needs sibling / Hale, Natalie. -- Washington DC: Magination Press, 2004. 48 p.

Eleven year old Becca talks about living with her thirteen year old brother, Jonathon, who has an intellectual disability. Becca provides an honest account of the problems and worries that siblings of special needs children face. Her experiences provide useful suggestions to other siblings going through a range of emotions in everyday family life.

CC 301.4273 HAL [P10822]










The ride together : a brother and sister's memoir of autism in the family / Karasik, Judy; Karasik, Paul. -- New York: Washington Square Press, 2003. 199 p.

Written in text and comic strip form, this book describes one family's journey through the world of autism. From the perspective of a younger brother and sister, this is an intimate account of family life with their older brother David, who has autism, from living at home when they are children through to adulthood. Life with David is not easy and yet their love for him help them to face all challenges.

SC/AUT KAR [P11117]








Riding the bus with my sister : a true life journey / Simon, Rachel. -- Sydney: Hodder, 2001. 296p

This story chronicles the life of Rachel, the author, and her intellectually disabled sister, over a year as they ride the buses together. Riding the buses becomes a personal journey for Rachel as she develops a new understanding of Beth, enriching her life and helping her come to terms with her past.

CC 301.4273 SIM [P09411]








Ruby's studio : the siblings show -- [Los Angeles]: The Mother Company, LLC, 2015. 1 DVD

Show casing award-winning animation and dance along videos, popular host Ruby and her cast of real life siblings explore how to get along, resolve conflict and boost harmony. Themes covered include: sibling rivalry and how to problem solve; embracing birth order; preparing for a new baby, and celebrating family in all its forms including adoption and blended families.

CC 301.4273 RUB [P15711]










The sibling slam book : what it's really like to have a brother or sister with special needs / Meyer, Don Ed. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 2005. 152 p.

Fifty four questions were posed to a group of teenage siblings, with their responses being recorded in a notebook style diary. Insightful, funny and opinionated answers were given on a range of topics about having a sibling with a disability, experiences in everyday life, to what they thought the future may hold.

CC 301.4273 SIB [P10967]










Siblings and autism : stories spanning generations and cultures / Cumberland, Debra, Ed.; Mills, Bruce, Ed. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011. 239 p. ; 23 cm.

This is a collection of personal accounts where siblings from a variety of backgrounds, and in different circumstances, share their experience of growing up with a sister or brother on the autism spectrum. Despite thie differences, the stories show that there is much in common with the sibling experience.

SC/AUT SIB [P13535]








Siblings : brothers and sisters of children with special needs / Strohm, Kate. -- Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press, 2002. 223p

The author, a health professional and journalist who has a sister with cerebral palsy shares the story of her journey from childhood to adulthood with her disabled sibling. Other siblings also tell their life stories. She outlines strategies that siblings themselves, as well as parents and professionals can use to support brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

CC 301.4273 STR [P10333]








Siblings : coming unstuck and putting back the pieces / Strohm, Kate. -- London: David Fulton Publishers, 2004. 221 p.

Provides insight and advice on how to support siblings of children with disabilities. The personal stories of siblings gives an honest reflection of the sometimes mixed emotions that siblings feel and discusses ways in which parents and practitioners can fully understand the concerns and issues that siblings have and offer strategies to best support them.

CC 301.4273 STR [P10926]








Siblings of children with autism : a guide for families / Harris, Sandra L.; Glasberg, Beth A. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 2003. 180 p.

This book provides guidelines about how families can support their other children as they cope with the intensive needs of a child with autism. Practical strategies for explaining autism to siblings, helping siblings through emotional stages, finding time for family and self and helping children play together can assist parents through the processes. A new chapter on adult siblings offers encouragement and advice on establishing and maintaining a relationship for life.

SC/AUT HAR [P10991]








Siblings : the autism spectrum through our eyes / Johnson, Jane Ed.; Van Rensselaer, Anne Ed. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010. 94 p. ; 22 cm.

In this book people of all ages who have grown up with autistic siblings share their stories, honestly recounting the good, the bad, and the annoying. The brothers and sisters who wrote the stories know that it helps to know there are people who really understand what it is like to have a sibling with autism, and wanted to talk about how they feel - so that others would know they are not alone.

SC/AUT SIB [P13326]








Sibshops : workshops for siblings of children with special needs / Meyer, Don; Vadasy, Patricia. -- Baltimore, Md: Paul H Brookes, 2008. xix, 240 p. ; 29 cm.

This is a guide to developing workshops where 8-13 year old siblings of children with special needs can share their stories, give and receive support, and just have fun with other children who've been there. It includes in-depth instructions and photcopiable forms needed to start, fund and run a Sibshop - as well as games and activities.

CC 301.4273 MEY [P12881]








Special brothers and sisters : stories and tips for siblings of children with a disability or serious illness / Hames, Annette, Ed.; Mccaffrey, Monica, Ed. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2005. 95 p.

Siblings explain in their own words what it is like to live in a family where a brother or sister has a serious illness or disability. The siblings range in age from three and a half to eighteen years of age. Each story has been arranged chronologically with an index in the back of the book to help search for a particular disability or illness. Keywords give a brief description of the disability or illness and an information box gives tips and ideas on issues talked about in the stories.

CC 301.4273 SPE [P11054]










Special siblings : growing up with someone with a disability / Mchugh, Mary. -- Baltimore, Md: Paul H Brookes, 2003. xxvii, 241 p.

This is Mary McHugh's story and the stories of others who have siblings with an intellectual disability. She tells how it was for her, in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, and how she came to love and care for her brother. Her insight into the experiences of siblings is a 'must' read for families.

CC 301.4273 MCH [P09406]








Stronger siblings / SIBLINGS AUSTRALIA INC. -- [Australia]: Siblings Australia Inc. [2012] 1 DVD ( 48 min)

This DVD is to assist parents and those who work with them, to understand the experience of brothers and sisters of children with disability, and how to support them. Parents and siblings share their stories and together with professionals, explore a number of issues including why siblings need support; the short and long term issues; how concerns show up in behaviour; the needs of siblings; the role parents play; and outside support including extended family, friends, schools and organisations. Included with the DVD are discussion notes that can be used by a facilitator working with a group of parents, or by a group of parents themselves.

CC 301.4273 STR [P14346]










Thicker than water : essays by adult siblings of people with disabilities / Meyer, Donald J (Ed.) -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 2009. xii, 234 p. ; 23 cm.

This is an essay collection from thirty nine adult siblings who reflect on how their lives have been shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. The range of different experiences and stories should enlighten other siblings, parents, caregivers, and the wider community.

CC 301.4273 THI [P13119]








Understanding brothers and sisters on the autism spectrum -- [Winston-Salem, NC]: Coultervideo, Inc, 2007. 1 DVD (94 min)

This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children on the autism spectrum and their parents. Each program covers a range of autistic challenges and strengths, and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other. Parents can show the programmes that best support their age and development levels. Programme One for 4-7 year olds features puppets (7 min.), Programme Two for 7-12 year olds (25 min.) includes interviews with siblings and narration, as does Programme Three for for 12 year olds to adults (27 min.). Programme Four includes interviews with parents of children on the autism spectrum and is for parents (35 min.).

SC/V AUT UND [P13617;P14602]










Understanding brothers and sisters with Asperger syndrome -- [Winston-Salem, NC]: Coultervideo, Inc, 2007. 1 DVD (109 min)

This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children with Asperger Syndrome and their parents. Each program covers a range of challenges and strengths, and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other. Parents can show the programmes that best support their age and development levels. Programme One (7 min.) features puppets and explains AS to siblings from 4-7 years. Programme Two (23 min.) for 7-12 year olds and Programme Three (33 min.) for ages 12 through to adult include interviews with siblings and narration. Programme Four (46 min.) includes interviews with parents of children diagnosed with AS and narration and is for parents.

SC/V ASP UND [P13618]










Views from our shoes : growing up with a brother or sister with special needs / Meyer, Donald J Ed. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 1997. 113p

A collection of thoughts from 45 brothers and sisters of children with special needs collated by the author of the Sibshops program. Their comments are brief but direct and reflect the special perspective of siblings of children with disabilities.

CC 301.4273 MEY [P07838;P10083]










We'll paint the octopus red / Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. -- Bethesda, Md: Woodbine House, 1998. 25p., ill.

A picture story book about Emma and her new baby brother Isaac. Isaac is born with Down syndrome but Emma discovers she will still be able to do all the things with him she had planned to do, including painting the octopus red.

SC/DOW STU [p08808]










What about me? : the autism survival guide for kids : a book for the brothers and sisters of a child with autism / Koutsis, Athanasia; De Clercq, Gerda. -- Wantirna, Vic.: Wantirna Heights School, 2006. 31 p.

Join Spike the dog as he navigates through a survival guide that will help brothers and sisters understand why siblings with autism behave the way they do. Gives a brief introduction about autism and shares the experiences of other children who have a brother or sister with autism. Provides tips and ideas on making life easier and getting along with one another. Suitable for children aged 7 to 13 years.

SC/AUT KOU [P11544;P15416]










What about me? : when brothers and sisters get sick / Peterkin, Allan. -- Washington DC: Magination Press, 1992. 30 p.

This illustrated story deals with the many conflicting emotions that a well child experiences when a sibling becomes ill, and will benefit both the children and the parent. The introduction offers suggestions for parents to help their well children cope with a chronically ill sibling.

CC 301.4273 PET [P12447]








Wishing on the midnight star : my Asperger brother / Ogaz, Nancy. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2004. 144 p.

An adventure story about Alexander Stone and his brother Nic who has Asperger syndrome. Alex makes a wish one night and discovers that you have to be careful what you wish for. Nic may not be what Alex wants for a brother but he teaches Alex a lesson in love and believing in others that bring them closer together.

SC/ASP OGA [P10602]










You are special too : a book for brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome / Santomauro, Josie. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2009. 32 p. ; 22cm.

This book offers a fun and accessible introduction for the sibling of a child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It is intended as a support tool in the initial period after diagnosis. Varied and engaging it addresses questions and concerns that the child might have.

SC/ASP SAN [P12830]