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Left in the waiting room: A pilot study of a digital intervention for siblings of children with disabilities


The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital would like to invite you to participate in an intervention called i-SibworkS, an online peer support group intervention led by clinicians to serve the mental health needs of siblings of children and youth with disabilities.


Dr. Shannon Scratch, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation 

Dr. Alex ElKader, Kinark Child & Family Services

Call to action

We are looking for youth aged 6 – 16 who are siblings of youth with disabilities 

Who can participate

We are looking for youth between the ages of 6-16 who are siblings of children with disabilities. Youth must be English speaking, have no formal developmental disabilities, willing to engage in weekly sessions and have access to a reliable internet connection.

Funding agency

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) and Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (OCECYMH).


What's involved

Six weeks of intervention delivered online through the video conferencing platform Zoom. Participants will complete a set of questionnaires on social and emotional functioning, stress and behavior routine. Parents of participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires. Participants may be asked to share their feedback on the program through a semi-structured exit interview. Parents of participants may also be asked to participate in an exit interview.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Hiba Hakeem at  and she will get back to you shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

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