Children with siblings who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) often feel isolated. It is normal for them to have questions about their experience and want to talk to someone. The Sibling Group program offers a safe and supportive environment for children with siblings with IDD to interact with other children with similar experiences through art, discussions and fun activities. We use a variety of approaches, including:
- Art and drama activities
- Mindfulness meditation
- Snack breaks
Our goal is to promote open conversations about what IDDs are and how to cope with stressors. The Sibling Group team includes a staff psychologist who supervises the group and psychology graduate students who co-facilitate it.
If available, there may be separate groups for the 8-12 years and 13-17 years.