Helping Brothers and Sisters When a Child has a Brain Injury
Roberta DePompei, Ph.D., Ron Savage, Ed.D. and Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.
Helping brothers and sisters of a child with a TBI understand what has happened is the first step for family adjustment. Visits to a hospitalized sibling with a brain injury can be upsetting for brothers and sisters. Age affects a child’s understanding of what has happened. This tip card helps parents address emotional reactions before and after visits by brothers and sisters. When a sibling comes home after hospital or rehabilitation care, brothers and sisters may not understand the physical, behavioral, and cognitive changes caused by the brain injury. It provides suggestions for helping siblings understand these changes and also how to deal with questions and expectations of friends and peers.
2008, second edition