Being a sibling of someone with disabilities can be challenging.
We get that siblings sometimes get less attention from their parents, who are juggling regular responsibilities and the extra demands of caring for a child with disabilities. Siblings often struggle with feelings of jealousy, anger, and frustration, and guilt for having these feelings knowing their brother or sister can't help it. But who can they share these emotions with so they don't fester inside? Where can they go to talk to someone who can reassure them this is normal?
UCP's Sibling Support is held monthly (see details to the right) for brothers and sisters up to age 12 years. Through games, siblings share their experiences and feelings with others "who get it" and learn coping mechanisms, as well as get reassurance that their emotions are normal. Cost is $3 for each child.
Parents caring for a child with disabilities need a break to refresh.
Respite Care is provided by Leawood Baptist Church in conjuction with UCP's Sibling Support. Respite Care is available for children with special needs and their siblings ages 6 months to 12 years old (see details to the right). Volunteers staff this program and have many years of experience in helping the child with special needs. Cost is $3/child eating dinner.