Support for Siblings
What are Sibling Groups?
The focus of Sibling Group (formerly referred to Sibling Support Groups or Sibshops) is on the typically developing siblings who have brothers and/or sisters with diverse learning needs. The group will celebrate the joys and share the challenges of being a sibling. The group will meet monthly for 1 1/2 hours and typically includes a snack, talking about a specific topic, art activities and games.
These groups provide the opportunity for typically developing siblings who have a neurodiverse brother or sister to connect and share their life experience. The groups are broadly designed on the SibShops model, and also incorporate therapeutic aspects such as education about their brother or sister’s neurodiversity, exploring feelings, concerns and questions about their roles as siblings, and developing skills to best connect with their sisters or brothers. Each session is structured around a developmentally appropriate theme, and will include a snack, some discussion time, and activities such as art or games. Andrea is a registered clinical counsellor and uses her foundations of client-entered and strengths-based approach in these groups.
Sibling groups are being run at our West Vancouver (#110 - 585 16 Street) and Richmond (3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond) clinic locations by Andrea Sharpe, M.Sc., M.Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor.