When a newborn arrives, older siblings often times have difficulty adjusting to the change. Now, imagine if that newborn has special needs. When the attention is diverted to managing the unexpected stresses, the oldest sibling is left with feelings of confusion and resentment. The home environment in which they are used to living has suddenly changed.
These changes aren’t limited to the household, they also extend into school and extracurricular activities. From bullying at school to financial hardships resulting in parents not having enough money to meet the needs and wants of sibling, the impacts and life changes are far-reaching.