What about brothers & sisters?

What about brothers and sisters?

Siblings often feel left out and forgotten when they have a brother or sister who is different or has special needs. Sometimes, their behaviour may not seem very caring, but it is important to remember that siblings care for each other a great deal. Brothers and sisters can be just as worried about their sibling as you are about your child. Most of the suggestions in this section apply to siblings as well as to the child who has microtia and atresia. Siblings of a child who looks different need to learn how to deal with stares, questions and comments about their brother’s or sister’s looks.

As much as possible, coping with a family member who looks different should be a family affair. If brothers and sisters are included and informed they will feel happier and more settled and they too can become a valuable source of support.