12 episodes

We focus exclusively on supporting siblings of kids with disabilities—a too-often overlooked population—and the unique issues they face. Hear from psychologists, researchers, and sibs of all ages on how to best support the sib in your life. For parents, healthcare providers, and sibs themselves.

Hosted by Jessica Leving, author of Billy's Sister: Life when your sibling has a disability (Amazon.com).

The Special Siblings Podcast: For Parents, Healthcare Providers, and Sibs Themselve‪s‬ Jessica Leving

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

We focus exclusively on supporting siblings of kids with disabilities—a too-often overlooked population—and the unique issues they face. Hear from psychologists, researchers, and sibs of all ages on how to best support the sib in your life. For parents, healthcare providers, and sibs themselves.

Hosted by Jessica Leving, author of Billy's Sister: Life when your sibling has a disability (Amazon.com).

    Mark's Story

    Mark's Story

    Autism, cancer, and a first-generation immigrant... this sibling story is one to remember.
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    As referenced in the episode:

    The Arc: thearc.org
    The Sibling Support Project: siblingsupport.org
    The Sibling Leadership Network: siblingleadership.org
    Better Help Online Counseling, 2 weeks free: betterhelp.com/siblings
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    For more information, visit siblingcenter.org

    • 36 min
    Coping with COVID-19, Part 2: Managing Anxiety in an Uncertain World

    Coping with COVID-19, Part 2: Managing Anxiety in an Uncertain World

    Dr. Dustin Siegel, Psy.D., of The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago shares tips for those of us feeling a little extra anxious as we face changing daily routines and uncertain futures. 
     
    For a full list of links to resources mentioned on the show, visit https://siblingcenter.org/blog/f/new-podcast-episodes-up-coping-with-covid-19

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    For more on The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities, visit www.siblingcenter.org.

    Counseling promotion: BetterHelp.com/siblings

    • 28 min
    Coping with COVID-19, Part 1: How Worried Should We Be?

    Coping with COVID-19, Part 1: How Worried Should We Be?

    Scientist and mom Sandra Snook, a comparative pathologist and creator of sssnoolife.com, offers her take on what level of concern different groups should actually have. For more on coronavirus, visit www.cdc.gov.

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    For more information on The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities, visit www.siblingcenter.org.

    To take advantage of our partnership with BetterHelp, visit BetterHelp.com/siblings. 

    • 27 min
    Planning for the Future: Featuring Prof. Meghan Burke

    Planning for the Future: Featuring Prof. Meghan Burke

    Children with disabilities are outliving their parents at higher rates than ever before, often leaving siblings to become caregivers. How is this transition being managed? Does having multiple sibs change things? Professor Burke is investigating.

    For more...

    On Professor Burke: education.illinois.edu/faculty/meghan-burke

    On calls to participate in this critical research: siblingleadership.org

    On The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities: www.siblingcenter.org

    BetterHelp.com/siblings

    • 38 min
    So... What Can We Do?

    So... What Can We Do?

    Grad student - and sibling - Emily Thompson shares her pioneering work developing a treatment plan for therapists to better serve sibs. And get this: it's the first of it's kind.

    To contact Emily, email ebthompson93@aol.com.

    TEDxTalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSwqo-g2Tbk

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    For more information on The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities, visit www.siblingcenter.org.

    To take advantage of our partnership with BetterHelp, visit BetterHelp.com/siblings. 

    • 36 min
    Disability - It's a Family Affair

    Disability - It's a Family Affair

    Therapist Diane Gould discusses how disability affects all members of the family - including siblings, grandparents, and cousins. Plus, tune in for easy, tangible tips for how to support the whole family.

    To learn more about Diane, visit www.dianegouldtherapy.com

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    For more information on The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities, visit www.siblingcenter.org.

    To take advantage of our partnership with BetterHelp, visit BetterHelp.com/siblings. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

D_Siegel ,

Therapist perspective

Jessica Leving's podcast, book, and organization are all wonderful and helpful tools to aid siblings, families, and those in supporting roles to better understand this under-researched and talked about population. If you have a family member with special needs, this podcast is a must-listen.

angelamariez ,

Sibling Review

This podcast is amazing and so eye opening. As an adult sibling, I found myself sobbing in the car while listening because I couldn’t believe that other people actually felt the way I have felt and it was so nice to feel validated. Can not recommend this podcast enough. Amazing job, Jessica :)

AllieRDavis ,

Sibling

Jessica, thank you so much for this podcast. I am learning so much about myself as an adult sibling through your podcast. My conversation with you and your podcast has helped me tremendously in some of the experiences (and coping with these experiences!) that have become the norm for me as a triplet sibling to an amazing lady with Down syndrome. I cannot thank you enough.

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