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Jaimie - posted on 12/06/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm new here, but I'm looking to connect with other moms who deal with siblings who have special needs and those who are typically developing. I have a neurotipical 6 year old daughter, a 4 year old son who is non-verbal and autistic, a 16 year old step-daughter with depression and anxiety and a 20 year old step-son who is neurotypical and has no other issues (other than being 20- lol).

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Jaimie - posted on 12/07/2014

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Our insurance covers only a few sessions, but maybe it's worth it, even for just a few. We live in a really rural area and there aren't a lot of resources available for free or low cost help. Thank you for your suggestions.

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2014

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Have you tried looking into insurance-covered therapy? Or free counseling groups in the area? Even if you have opposite shifts, you (or he) could go first as an initial step. My therapist gave me a lot of insight on how to talk to my younger child who is having some issues. Maybe it could help you, too. The pediatrician said even a few sessions could give you some very valuable tools, and she was right.

Good luck!

Jaimie - posted on 12/06/2014

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If only there was time and money for counseling for us all! My step-daughter gets counseling for here issues, but there's no way that we could all have it. On top of that, my husband and I work opposite shifts. I agree that it'd be really helpful though. Thank you for the feedback.

You're correct, being a sibling (or parent) of a special needs child is never easy.

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2014

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My first advice to you would be to get some family counseling for you (and your spouse) and all your children. Maybe just you and your spouse should go to the first session to share your concerns with the therapist first.

Good luck!

btw, I had a sibling with special needs. It takes a lot of patience and understanding. She developed physically, but not so much in other areas.

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