Celebrating Siblings and 30 Years of Sibling Support
Having a child with a disability can present all sorts of challenges for members of your family including their siblings. The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental or mental health concerns. Their mission is to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents’ and providers’ understanding of sibling issues. This is accomplished by hosting workshops, listservs and websites for young and adult siblings, parents and providers.
One key program of the Sibling Support Project are Sibshops- workshops that target young siblings of individuals with special needs. Sibshops are a spirited mix of games (designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends and discussion activities. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another – if they are given the opportunity.
This September, Sibshops are celebrating 30 years of service to young brothers and sisters across the globe. With almost 400 Sibshops in almost every state and in countries from Iceland to Argentina and Ireland to Japan, there’s much to celebrate! Find a Sibshop near you.
For more information about the Sibling Support Project check out their website.
A Focus on Oral Health
To achieve and maintain good oral health, children with disabilities often require a special approach to dental care. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has created a guide for caregivers that explains home-based oral hygiene for their family member with special needs. The guide provides a three step model to a healthy mouth and tips for preparing for your next a dental visit. Check out Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver’s Guide.
The NIDCR has also developed a series of publications, Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities, that equips dental professionals with the basic information they need to deliver quality oral health care to people with special needs. The publications present an overview of physical, mental and behavioral challenges common in patients with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability and offer strategies for providing oral care.
With the right information and some adaptation everyone can have a healthy smile!
Submit Your Ideas to Change the World for People with Cerebral Palsy
Last week World Cerebral Palsy Day kicked off the “Change My World in 1 Minute” campaign where individuals with CP, their family and friends suggest what they need to make their life more independent and rewarding. Do you have ideas to submit?
Ideas are posted on the World CP Day website and everyone is encouraged to review the ideas and vote for the concepts that will have the greatest impact on people’s lives. At the end of September the top ideas will be made a reality. Submit your ideas and vote today!