It’s also an excellent opportunity for siblings to learn about and understand the unique challenges their brothers or sisters with disability may face, and to learn empathy and compassion. Here are some tips for including siblings of children with disability in activities:

  • Involve siblings in planning: Involving siblings in the planning of activities can help to ensure that everyone’s needs and preferences are taken into account. This also gives siblings a sense of ownership and investment in the activity, making it more likely that they will be engaged and excited to participate.
  • Look for inclusive activities: There are many inclusive activities available that cater to people of all abilities, such as adaptive sports, inclusive theatre productions, and sensory-friendly events. These activities provide an opportunity for siblings to participate together and build memories as a family.
  • Create special moments: It’s important to create special moments and opportunities for siblings to bond and connect. This can be as simple as taking a walk together, cooking a meal together, or having a picnic in the park. These moments can be meaningful and memorable for both siblings, and the child with a disability.
  • Encourage open communication: Encouraging open communication between siblings can help to build understanding and empathy. It is important to create a safe space for siblings to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and to actively listen and validate their emotions.
  • Seek out support: There may be times when additional support is needed, such as respite care or specialised therapy. Seeking out support from local organisations and support groups can provide additional resources and guidance for families.

Inclusion is a vital part of building strong and supportive families. By making an effort to include siblings of children with disabilities in activities, families can create lasting memories and build deeper connections. With a little creativity, thoughtfulness, and empathy, families can make sure that everyone is included, and that everyone’s needs are met.