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I have three daughters 9,6 and 3 and my middle daughter has cerebral palsy that results in her functioning cognitively at a 4 year old level. This reply is more along the lines of support rather than "tips" but I'll try to let you know what we're doing that seems to be working.

We have always tried to get each child into extracuricular activities (limited to one at a time). My older daughter is very attuned to special needs kids and loves to help out so she often participates as a teacher's helper in the special needs rec programs. Her friends all like to play with our middle daughter too (I'm sure the story will be different at 12 or so). Sometimes my oldest will complain she doesn't get her share of our attention, but other than that things go pretty smoothly. We haven't yet got her involved in a siblings program but we've heard good things about them.

Our youngest is at about the same level as our middle girl and they do go at it. Lots of rough play, talk, etc but it seems to all be in fun. I expect the next two years will be very interesting between them.

One thing my wife and I anticipate challenges with is sex ed for our special one. Would you mind letting me know how you've handled this in your family?


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