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Eight Things Siblings of Children with Special Needs Struggle With

From the Washington Post
Having a sibling with special needs is a reality many children are born into, including my three typically developing children. Of all the things my children experience that I never did, their experience of growing up with a sister with significant disabilities is something I struggle to understand, even as I watch it unfold daily.
The advantages to having a brother or sister with special needs are numerous and include being more empathetic, more responsible and more resilient. However, these typically developing siblings also shoulder tremendous burdens that are not often or easily discussed. 
Documentary filmmaker Rachel Feichter has a typically developing 11-year-old and a 7-year-old, Tali, who has special needs as a result of a neurological autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's encephalitis. Feichter discovered that there is a lack of information regarding he full experience of having a sibling with special needs when she searched for information to help her …