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Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down
Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters (2009)
Brian G. Skotko and Susan P. Levine
Woodbine House via Monarch Books of Canada
5000 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario, M3H 5T5
191 pages; $18.95 US
Written by a physician and a social worker working in the Stereotypes of persons with Down syndrome are addressed.
United States, this book is based on questions from 3,380 sib- There is minimal repetition between chapters even
lings collected over many years. Organized around a driving though some questions are relevant in more than one chapter.
theme, the nine chapters cover important issues such as the The authors report siblings’ own solutions to difficult situations
facts about Down Syndrome, how they learn, family issues, (traffic jams). Suggestions are positively framed and siblings’
dealing with frustrating behaviours and uncomfortable situ- feelings are validated. Information specific to the United States
ations, sorting out sibling’s feelings, becoming an advocate, context is minimal. There are no obvious questions which
looking to the future, and resources (