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For the Brothers and Sisters of NICU Babies

A NICU stay affects the whole family. Like parents, siblings need support, encouragement and information to navigate through these challenging circumstances. Hand to Hold offers unique resources for kids no matter what their age or developmental level is. For more resources like this visit www.handtohold.org/support/sibling-support/

Siblings Are Special - Free activity pages for kids who have a sibling in the NICU. Created by Hand to Hold in Partnership with GE Health Care. Use these to talk to your kiddos about what happens in the NICU!

Sibling Sundaes Keeps Families Together - "Hand to Hold partners with St. David's to hold Sibling Sundaes once a month. It's a godsend for parents pulled in different directions when a pre-mature baby comes. The program teaches their other children all about preemies -- why they need around the clock care -- and how to handle them. It's a way to make the entire family feel whole again before the new arrival is ready to head home for good." #NICU

Portable dry erase busy bags help your older sibling with writing skills and more. Great ideas for quiet time - whether at home, in the car, or at a dr. appt.

Organize Puzzles into Zippered Pencil Pouches : cut the puzzle picture off of box and store in pouches too!

Hand to Hold has coloring books for big brothers and sisters of NICU babies. Available in English and Spanish. "Come Home Soon, Baby Sister!" or "Come Home Soon, Baby Brother!"

Toddler Busy Bags - a unique gift idea for families who have a lot of dr visits and for siblings who have a brother/sister in the nicu.

{Professional Insight} Preparing Children for a Sibling’s NICU Stay by Dina O'Brien - For more resources like this visit www.preemiebabies...

Toddler Busy Bags - great for waiting rooms

Highly recommend this book for siblings of special needs kids and parents for that matter. It gives the sibling point of view and is a real eye opener. It is a very good book besides, will make you laugh and maybe cry.

Siblings In A Special Needs Family: When Kim Hanna's daughter Zoe, 6, was asked what she thought about her 3-year-old sister having Down syndrome, her response was simple. "Jade doesn't know how to be a kid with Down syndrome. She just knows how to be awesome."

Sibling Support Project website. Resource listings and events posted for siblings of people with special needs. (SibShop events, books, etc)

siblings: brothers and sisters of children with special needs

Book, Germs Are Not For Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick

Loads of washing hands and stop the germ posters for free.

hand washing poster

What Does a Child Life Specialist Do? For more resources like this visit www.handtohold.org

Super Siblings - Super Hero Shoes tutorial

Siblings

Perspective of siblings of people with disabilities "I have been graced with amazing perspective and insight, social awareness, appreciation, tolerance, pride, loyalty, and an abundant heart."