This topical guide on EI families with siblings will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • The sibling survival guide: indispensable information for brothers and sisters of adults with disabilities
    Don Meyer & Emily Holl
    Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2014
    This book is a comprehensive guide for individuals who have siblings with special needs, the feelings that this sibling relationship fosters, and actionable behaviors and resources that will assist in the successful transition from sibling to eventual caregiver.
    HV 1570.5 .U6 S53 2014 886381841
  • Chloe, Instead
    Micah Player
    Chronicle Books, 2012
    This humorous, perceptive snapshot of sibling love is perfect for those who may need a bit of convincing what fun little siblings can be!
    For instructions on how to access this eBook, please read Getting Started with eBooks.
  • Siblings : the autism spectrum through our eyes
    Jane Johnson and Anne Van Rensselaer, eds.
    London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010
    This book is essential reading for children and teenagers with a sibling on the autistic spectrum, and for parents wishing to understand how autism in the family will affect their neurotypical child.
    WM 203.5 .J66sib 2010 467711506
  • Just one of the kids : raising a resilient family when one of your children has a physical disability
    Kay Harris Kriegsman & Sara Palmer
    Baltimore, Md. : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013
    This book is designed to help parents focus not on what could have been but instead on what can be, so that they, their children, and the grandparents thrive as individuals and as a family. The authors share valuable information for any family with children who have a physical disability, from any cause.
    HQ 773.6 .K75 2013 815835237
  • The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister With Special Needs
    Donald Meyer, Ed.
    Woodbine, 2005
    Siblings of special-needs children discuss hopes, fears, frustrations, resentment, and triumphs regarding their life with their siblings.
    HQ 773.6 .M612sib 2005 56686343
  • Siblings and autism : stories spanning generations and cultures
    Debra Cumberland and Bruce Mills
    London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011.
    Despite their many differences, the collection of stories in this book show that certain things are common to the “sibling experience”: the emotional terrain of looking on or being overlooked; the confusion of accommodating resentment, love, and helplessness; and above all the yearning to connect across neurological difference.
    WM 203.5 .C969s 2011 624546829
  • Autism in my Family:  A Journal for Siblings of Children with ASD
    Sandra TuckerLondon ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017
    This interactive workbook introduces the experience of autism in simple language that focuses on understanding and supporting a sibling on the spectrum.
    WM 203.5 .T795 2017 960844828nbsp;
  • Emily’s Sister: A Family’s Journey with Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder
    Michelle Gianetti
    England: Your Stories Matter, 2017
    This book, written from a child’s perspective, shows how one sibling learns how to understand and help her sister live a happier life.
    PZ 7.1 .G3482 2017 975004922
  • My brother is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story
    Murray Stenton
    Ann Arbor, MI : Loving Healing Press, 2017
    This book helps shine some light on the difficulties and the joy siblings of children with special needs experience every day.
    PZ 7.1 .St428 2017 963797853
  • Tell Me the Number before Infinity: The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family, and Oh Yes, a Disability
    Becky Taylor & Dena Taylor
    Capitola, CA : Many Names Press, 2016
    This book, written in two perspectives, tells of a girl’s educational journey and her transition from college into adulthood. Teachers, parents, and counselors can use this book as a  guide on the journey to make spaces more welcoming and more supportive.
    HQ 759.913 .T2121 2016 935885157
  • Special Brothers and Sisters
    Annette Hames & Monica McCaffrey
    London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005
    In this book, children and young people explain in their own words what it is like to live with their brothers and sisters, and talk about their feelings of love and frustration, joy and sadness.  Full of tips and advice to help siblings cope with their feelings and other issues, this book also provides clear explanations of medical words and different disabilities.
    HQ 773 .S64 2005 60590058
  • The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us
    Jeffrey Kluger
    Riverhead Books, 2011
    This book takes big ideas about siblings and turns them into smart, accessible writing that will help anyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.
    For instructions on how to access this eBook, please read Getting Started with eBooks.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Siblings of autism: the challenge and the hope
    United States: Listen 2 Kids Productions, LLC, 2013
    Siblings of kids who have autism have unique perspectives on Autistic Spectrum Disorder. These wise siblings ages four to eighteen tell us about their frustration, their pain, and their growth to acceptance and their exceptional loyalty to their siblings. A must see for parents, professionals and kids who live and work with those diagnosed with ASD.
    HQ 773.8 .S53sib 2013 849675469
  • Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum
    Coulter Video, 2007
    This video 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
    WM 203.5 .U55c 2007 157010109


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EI Families With Siblings