Mixed Emotions – Making sense of your feelings about your sibling with special needs

  • Does your tween or teen have an intense love/hate relationship with their sibling with special needs?
  • Does she seem torn between wanting to protect her sibling and wanting to get away from him?
  • Does he find it hard to have friends over without his sister having a tantrum?
  • Does she struggle to try to make everyone in the family happy while keeping the peace?
  • Or perhaps she gets mad that you never seem to take her side in an argument?


Having a sibling with special needs means being faced with a unique set of challenges as well as unique opportunities for growth. This is especially true for tweens and adolescents who are just beginning to form their own identities and understand their relationships with others. During this 90 minute workshop we will explore the complex, often conflicting feelings participants have about their role in their families and relationships with their siblings with special needs. We will discuss how to balance participants’ own needs with their obligations to their family members, how to make sense of their own mixed emotions, and how to improve relationships within the family while also becoming more independent.

This discussion-based workshop is lead by Melanie Kaplan, LCSW and is open to both returning and new participants, ages 11-14.

Siblings of Kids with Special Needs Workshop
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee: $50