Parent workshop: supporting your typically developing sibling

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Gellineau, Chelsea M.
Sibling relationships play an important role in a family system which can be influenced by the attitudes and behaviours of parents. Having a child with a disability in the family presents a distinctive set of challenges for the entire family. Research has shown that some typically developing siblings have negative experiences whereas others have had a positive experience. This project is a workshop that is designed to educate parents and caregivers about the lived experiences of children who have a sibling with disabilities. Once the parents and caregivers gain a better understanding of the impact a child with a disability has on the interrelationships of individuals in their family, they will be more cognizant of their own stressors their typically developing child experiences, as well as have the tools to strengthen their familial relationships. Parental initiative to understand their children and their family dynamics could strengthen the relationship between the parent, caregiver, the typically developing sibling and the child with a disability.
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