Our pregnancy book focuses on how to tell siblings a child with Down syndrome is on the way, how to answer their questions, and how to find resources. We suggest some wonderful books, but we have learned about some other inspiring resources.
I had a chance to watch the movie Deedah tonight, a short film narrated by seven year old Charlotte May about her brother Jonathon who has Down syndrome. Without pretense or affectation, Charlotte forthrightly answers questions about Jonathon, including love, bullying, uniqueness, delays, and humor. It may be a useful way to illustrate the future for your other children. It is also perfect for class presentations for Down Syndrome Awareness Month (October) or World Down Syndrome Day (March 21).
If you have teenagers at home, it may be helpful to read “How I Learned Unconditional Love” by blog writer Adriana Moniz. Adriana candidly details the shock and sorrow of learning about her new brother’s Down syndrome diagnosis when she was 13. Similar to the growth so many parents experience, Adriana’s perspectives shift, and she reflects on her love for her brother and how that prepared her for motherhood.
Please let us know of any other useful sibling resources, or let us know your reflections on sibling relationships. If you are an expectant parent, feel free to share your questions or concerns.