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Other Child Syndrome

This was written by my wife Becky and I as a combined effort to bring our professions together

The other child syndrome is a very real problem for families with two or more children. Other Child Syndrome, (OCS), is something I (Becky) created because of traumatic events in my past that led to extreme life-changing family dynamics.  OCS can be a serious struggle with families of a special needs family member.  It is when that child takes up all the attention and the other child, or children, are pushed aside, often without parental knowledge.

          I (Becky) have experienced OCC firsthand.  My family went through a lot and one of the pivotal events, that shaped my family, was when one of my brothers was in a serious auto accident that left him head-injured and in a nursing home for 9 years.  Prior to that incident, the same brother abused my sister and I.  Sa ...

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