The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Peter Burke is a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Hull, England. He has written extensively on the siblings and families of disabled children, mostly from the vantage point of recognising their rights and providing them with the necessary social and government support. Peter Burke spoke also from personal experience as his own son is confined to a wheelchair.
Brothers and Sisters of Disabled Children is a well though out, well presented study of the effects that having a disabled child in the family has on younger and older siblings…By providing a detailed description of the theory and practice, and effectively summing up his research, Burke makes you feel as if you have been there throughout the book's development. With a list of references, Brothers and Sisters of Disabled Children makes the reader want to follow up on the evidence provided, which lends credibility to the recommendations made by the author.
British Journal of Special Education
Reading this book as a parent of three young adults, one of whom is disabled, was thought-provoking and certainly initiated discussion both within our family and with other families with similar experiences... The book clearly emphasises that all family members should have the opportunity to contribute to family discussions to express their feelings and needs, which individual family care plans and service development should reflect. It also emphasises the continued need to work towards changing attitudes within society towards disabled people.
Care and Health Magazine
The publication is based on the author's study of the needs and experiences of non-disabled siblings of disabled children, through family interviews and one-to-one meetings. The results are presented within a richly textured framework of theory and practice, which should be of use to students, staff and policymakers... This authoritative publication should provoke not only thought but also practical action.