Children growing up with a sibling who has a disability may experience moments of embarrassment that are both natural and not necessarily related to the sibling’s disability. But for those moments when emotions are tied to disability, veteran siblings share advice for parents to help prepare.
Skotko, Susan P. Levine and Rick Goldstein surveyed siblings nationwide, and of survey participants, 9 percent of 9- to 11-year-olds and 7 percent of older siblings admitted to feeling embarrassed, in general, by their brother or sister with Down syndrome.
“Most often, these feelings of embarrassment are temporary, and brothers and sisters oftentimes have trouble recalling these moments years later,” Skotko says.
Susan, the third-born, volunteered to take care of Christy full time, and Jenny, the eighth, searched for a specialist (the family members asked to...