Sibling rivalry isn鈥檛 unique to parents raising a child with a bleeding disorder. However, when one child is diagnosed with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease (vWD), it affects the entire family dynamic. Sometimes unaffected siblings feel resentment, left out, jealous, scared, and confused.

This toolkit includes resources intended to help parents deal with what is almost inevitable 鈥 sibling rivalry. Some of these items can be found individually in the聽HFA Resource Library聽as well:

  • presentation聽(past webinars and slides)
  • downloads聽(articles, blog entries, tools/documents)
  • links to other resources


Stop Sibling Quibbling Webinar Slides_image HFA Families Webinar Recording & Slides: “Stop Sibling Quibbling!:”聽In this April 2014 HFA Families webinar, presenter Diane Horbacz reviews the social and emotional stages of childhood development, addresses common issues siblings face, and gives tried and true tips for parents on how to deal with children living with a bleeding disorder.View the recording聽HERE.View the accompanying slides聽HERE.
The Invisible Child_image The Invisible Child: Understanding the Experiences of Siblings in the Context of Family Illness:This presentation was originally presented in July 2011 at the Akron Children鈥檚 Hospital as part of their monthly Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum Series.



Special Sibs_image

Special Sibs:This document was created by HFA using information from the “Stop Sibling Quibbling” webinar by presenter Diane Horbacz. 聽It provides pertinent information on how bleeding disorders affects siblings.
Moms Blog “Infusing Love: A Mom’s View”:聽聽The following are entries from the HFA Mom’s Blog, “Infusing Love” about siblings and bleeding disorders:“Siblings: Unaffected, but Certainly Affected”“Hug O’ War”
SIblings with Special Needs Change Childhood_Image NPR, “Siblings with Special Needs Change Childhood:聽This is a link to a 30 minute podcast and transcript of a 2012 report about how having a sibling with special needs affects childhood. Podcast includes an interview with Don Meyer, Founder of the The Sibling Support Project.
Siblings of Sick Kids Learn A Life Lesson Early_image NPR, “Siblings of Sick Kids Learn a Life Lesson Early:聽This is a link to a 4 minute podcast and transcript of a 2010 report detailing how siblings of those with chronic illness develop life lessons that are helpful throughout the life-span.
Hemaware_Cope with Sibling Bleeding Disorder_image National Hemophilia Foundation,聽Hemaware, “How to Help Children Cope with their Siblings鈥 Bleeding Disorder:”聽This is a 2010 article from the National Hemophilia Foundation’s聽Hemaware聽publication.聽
NICHCY_Sibling Issues_Image NICHY, 鈥淪ibling Issues鈥:聽Comprehensive article from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities discussing sibling issues for those with a chronic illness or disability.
HealthyChildren.org_Siblings_image Healthy, “Siblings of Children with Chronic Illness:”聽聽Article from, a website of the American Academy of Pediatrics.



Advance Healthcare Network_siblings_image

Advance Healthcare Network,聽聽“The Impact of Chronic Illness on Siblings:”聽This is an article intended for Nurse Practitioners, but offers good parenting strategies and discusses the impact of chronic conditions on siblings.
Sibling Support Project_image Sibling Support Project:聽The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.
USA Today_siblings_image USA Today, “Book gives siblings of ill kids some much-needed attention:”聽Brief 2008 article from USA Today about a book detailing the feelings of siblings of someone with a chronic disorder or disease.聽
Link to PDF聽HERE.
Link to website聽HERE.

Learning Central

HFA’s Learning Central: One of the ways you can learn about bleeding disorders is to educate yourself with medically-vetted, accurate information, like the educational information found in HFA’s Learning Central e-learning platform. You may learn something new or brush up on facts or gain the information you need to help educate others about bleeding disorders.

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