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

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 31 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 show:
    The Arc: thearc.org
    The Sibling Support Project: siblingsupport.org
    The Sibling Leadership Network: siblingleadership.org
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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
    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., shares tips and guidance for those of us feeling a little extra anxious as we face changing daily routines and uncertain futures. 
     
    For a full list of links mentioned on the show, visit https://siblingcenter.org/blog/f/new-podcast-episodes-up-coping-with-covid-19


     
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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. 

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

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

    In "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 instance, what should we do if we feel sick? What if, as many of us do, we have someone in our lives who is immunocompromised or medically complex?
    Plus, tales from her own current experience navigating having a daughter who is down with flu-like symptoms.
    For more about 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 in history, often leaving adult siblings to transition into caregiving roles later in life. How is this transition being managed? What supports are needed? How does having multiple siblings change things? Professor Meghan Burke, Ph.D., BCBA-D, of the University of Illinois, is doing research to find out. Join us as she shares some of what she's learned.
    For more information...
    On Professor Burke's work, e-mail meghan@illinois.edu or visit https://education.illinois.edu/faculty/meghan-burke.
    On the Sibling Leadership Network, which often puts out calls for adult siblings to participate in this critical research, visit siblingleadership.org. 
    On The Special Siblings Podcast and our book Billy's Sister, visit siblingcenter.org
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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
    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.
    To view the referenced TEDxTalk, visit 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
31 Ratings

31 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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