Support for Siblings of Children with a Serious Illness or Disability: Insights from Clinical Social Worker Monica Handlos from Pediatric Home Service
When a child has complex health needs or a disability, all family members are affected. Healthy, typically developing siblings often experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, sadness, anger, confusion or guilt. But Monica Handlos of Pediatric Home Service is helping provide support for siblings by helping them find common ground with other children facing similar challenges, guiding them to understand and manage their feelings and helping them and their parents navigate the uncertain path they are traveling. Tune in to learn what to watch for, how to encourage healthy coping and why groups that provide support for siblings are so helpful.
Do you have a child – or know a child – who has a sibling with serious health problems or a disability? How do you think that experience affects the child in both positive and negative ways? What did you learn in this Mom Enough show about ways you or others could help this child?
To learn more about Pediatric Home Service’s Sibling Support program, click here.
To view a brief video a parent discussing her child’s experience with Sibling Support, click here.
For Pediatric Home Service’s blog, click here.
For our ME interview with Dr. Roy Maynard of PHS, click here.