Support for Siblings


It can be hard to support siblings if your child with additional needs takes up most of your time and energy. This page lists some of the local and national organisations who can help.

Local Support

Locally, Carers of West Lothian offers groups and other support for Young Carers age 8 to 18.

Young people must be referred by a parent or other adult, see for details.

Carers of West Lothian also have family passes which they lend to members for local attractions such as Five sisters Zoo. You can contact them on 01506 448000 for more information.

Carers of West Lothian - Information, advice and support for all unpaid carers and disabled people

National Support

Nationally, Sibs has a website for siblings of both adults and young people with disabilities.

Their Young Sibs page is a good place to start, and includes a section where young people can submit a written question to an advisor and receive a reply.

For parents, Kids Health has a useful summary about how to meet the needs of all your children at different ages and stages.


Sometimes it can be difficult to find activities where brothers and sisters can join in together. Our leisure booklet lists clubs and activities which might be suitable. Download it from the image below –

No Limits sports club welcomes everyone, and is a good place to start.


The Amazing Things Happen TV page has several cartoon videos explaining autism, ADHD, Downs Syndrome and dyslexia.

CBeebies has inclusive cartoons such as Pablo’s Art World Adventure and Something Special, which helps children learn to communicate with Makaton signing to support their speech.

The Organisation for Autism Research

The Organisation for Autism Research has produced 3 guides for younger children, teens and parents. You can download them from the links below –

Signpost closed on 31st March 2023, and we are no longer able to offer you personal support.

However, this website will remain online and is full of resources, links and support information for you to use and download. Remember to bookmark this site and pop back whenever you need assistance.

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Website last revised 31 March 2023
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