Helping Siblings Cope
It’s important to talk from the very beginning about the other children.
The minute one child gets diagnosed, all the focus, all the attention, all the learning ends up on
that particular child and on that situation. Sometimes, though never intentional. but almost to the
neglect of the other children. Parents become absorbed by the logistics of the sick child’s
needs, but need to keep in mind that the other children still have to go to school, still have to get
dressed, still have to eat, need to be picked up or need to be taken somewhere. It becomes
about figuring out how we’re going attend to the practical pieces and the emotional pieces.