Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center

SibLink Groups

SibLink groups are designed to improve healthy siblings' understanding and positive adjustment to a brother or sister's illness or disability in an atmosphere of peer support. SibLink's group program is open to the public and provides a great opportunity for healthy brothers and sisters to meet and share with other children whose families face similar circumstances. Families do not need to be patients of Hasbro Children's or Bradley hospitals to enroll in SibLink.

See below for more information on SibLink groups:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a SibLink group?
SibLink groups are a great way for siblings to meet other siblings whose brothers and sisters have a chronic illness or disability. We have groups for siblings ages 4-7 years old, 8-12 years old, and teens. Siblings meet together for 4-6 sessions, and each meeting lasts about 1-1/4 hours. Parents of SibLink group participants also meet to address their questions and concerns about siblings.

What are the benefits of SibLink group?
Siblings adapt best to their brother's or sister's illness or disability when they have accurate information and the opportunity to talk with other children who have similar experiences. SibLink groups give siblings the chance to ask questions and learn about their brother's or sister's illness or disability in words they can understand. Siblings meet other kids who know just how they feel. Being in a SibLink group teaches siblings that they are not alone.

What kinds of activities are involved?
Whether you're an athlete, a musician, or a math whiz-there will be something interesting and fun waiting for you at a SibLink group. Group activities are educational, therapeutic, and fun. We have discussions, demonstrations, and special SibLink games that help siblings solve the challenges they face. And, if that isn't enough, we have great snacks, too!

How are the kids grouped?
Siblings are grouped with other children or teens their age. Siblings have the chance to meet with other siblings whose brothers and sisters have similar illnesses and disabilities, and they will learn about other conditions as well. Through SibLink, siblings quickly find their common ground!

Where are the groups held?
The groups are held at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI.

Who runs the groups?
SibLink groups are a team effort! Doctors Debra Lobato and Wendy Plante take turns coordinating the groups and meeting with parents. Since SibLink is part of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, we make it our business to train future child psychologists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians about sibling needs. SibLink loves having these talented and dedicated young professionals working with us as SibLink group leaders.

How do I get my child involved?
To get your child involved in a SibLink Group, please call 401-444-8945, or email us at [email protected].