Helping kids thrive when a sibling has significant special needs

Having a child who has special needs comes with a unique set of joys and challenges—not only for parents, but for siblings as well. While it’s not often discussed, the experience of the typical sibling is unique, requiring its own set of coping skills and strategies.

The Circle-S Support Group is a weekly program that provides a fun, social atmosphere for typical siblings to come together and learn coping skills unique to their situation. Led by trained facilitators, each session includes a pizza dinner followed by activities designed to promote resilience, creating a supportive space for kids of all ages to identify and express their feelings. Meanwhile, parents learn to better understand and support typical siblings. This all comes at no cost.

What you need to know

  • The Circle-S Support Group meets weekly for ten weeks.
  • This group is appropriate for kids ages 6-18.
  • This program is developmentally informed, meaning it is designed to support kids at each age and stage of development.
  • Parents (or guardians) meet separately in a professionally run circle.
  • Each session lasts approximately two hours.
  • High school students may participate without the attendance of a parent.
  • This is not a drop-in program. We encourage families to attend all sessions if possible to provide a predictable space and time for children to learn essential coping skills.
  • This program is provided at no cost to families.
  • Registration is required.

Fall Schedule

Weekly on Wednesdays from October 17, 2018 to January 9, 2019
6:00 – 8:00PM Collicot School; 80 Edge Hill Rd, Milton

“She (my daughter) loves going to the group and talks openly about her feelings on her way to and from the meetings. She’s comfortable and feels safe expressing herself with the counselors, as well as the other children in the group. Circle-S is such a helpful resource and the format is ideal. Unlike a camp, it’s living your life.”

Jenny Kunkel, Milton

Parent participant, Circle-S