How To Prepare Your Special Needs Child For The New Baby
Albert Einstein was two and a half years old when he saw his baby sister Maja for the first time. He immediately asked, “Yes, but where does it have its small wheels?”He had been told that he would be able to play with the baby, and he fully expected this new toy to come equipped with wheels. When parents prepare a child for the arrival of a new sibling, it’s hard to know exactly what the child understands and expects. When the older child has special needs, it may be even more difficult to communicate the changes in the family. My older son, who has autism and learning challenges, was five and a half when his brother was born. My husband and I knew that it would be a sensitive adjustment, but we found many ways to make it easier for our older son - in fact, approaching the subject from several angles was the key to comprehension and compassion.