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Siblings tell us that they are really good at communicating with their disabled brothers and sisters. They know what the expressions on their faces mean. They understand speech that other people may find difficult, or use sign language or Makaton to communicate.

Some things that might help you communicate with your brother or sister


Listen to what they are trying to say and watch the movements they are making.


Ask a speech and language therapist for ideas on how to communicate with your brother or sister.


Draw pictures of what you want to say or expressions on faces, like a sad face to show how you feel.

I'm really good at understanding my brother - I can always tell how he feels by looking at his face.

More good sibling stuff

There are many very positive things about being a sibling of a disabled brother or sister to enjoy and be proud of.

Sibling info about disability

Many siblings find it hard to understand disability. Find out about different disabilities and conditions here.

Ask our sibling advisor

Need some information or advice? You can ask our sibling advisor any question about sibling issues.