Intended for siblings of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, and/or Mental Health Issues
Over Zoom, siblings meet other children and teens who know what it’s like to have a brother or sister with behavioral challenges. Siblings have a chance to talk, learn coping skills and feel better. The Zoom is facilitated by psychiatrists and trainees at UMass Chan Medical School.
What about parents & caregivers? First-time participants join a Zoom session led by our trained parent mentor. They learn about the sibling experience, the importance of supporting siblings, and strategies to support siblings. Returning participants join a different Zoom session, led by the program social worker, to address ongoing family challenges that impact siblings.
Registration is required. We meet the first Thursday night of each month at 5:30pm.
1. Is there a cost? This is a free program.
2. Who is eligible? All caregivers are eligible if the affected child has siblings of any age. Siblings are eligible if they are 6 – 18 years old and do not have significant behavioral issues of their own.
3. Can caregivers attend even if siblings do not attend? Yes, and vice versa.
4. How do I register? To ask questions or reserve your spot, call (857) 523-1145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After signing an online consent form, you will receive an email with instructions to log into Zoom.