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Effective Nov. 1, 2023, clients and families, visitors, vendors and staff are required to wear a mask while moving throughout the hospital, including while in elevators, in spaces where clients receive care or participate in research. A medical grade mask will be available upon entry.


FAMILY TIPSHEET: Supporting Siblings During the COVID-19 and Coronavirus Outbreak

FAMILY TIPSHEET: Supporting Siblings During the COVID-19 and Coronavirus Outbreak

Please note: The information provided in this tipsheet is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, agencies or private businesses, or as a comprehensive resource list. 

Based on when you are viewing this tipsheet, the information may not be the most up to date. Please refer to the date this tipsheet was last updated, at the end of the document. You can also access this tipsheet online at 

This tipsheet provides a listing of supports, services and ideas for siblings of children with disabilities during the outbreak. 

Tips for Parents or Caregivers

Activities for Siblings

Online Book Readings for Siblings

  • Sunday Storytime: A variety of children’s books read by siblings in the disability community on Sundays (My Neighbour Totorrence)
  • The Invisible String and the The Invisible Web: Two books about the invisible
    connections between people when they cannot be together in the same space,
    read by the author (Patrice Karst)
  • The Sister Book and The Brother Book: Both include a page where you can
    insert a picture of your sibling at the end, parts read by the author (Todd Parr)
  • The Goodbye Book: For children who might be going through separation or loss, read by the author (Todd Parr)

Organizations with Online or Virtual Supports

We encourage you to visit our website to access all of our COVID-19 or Coronavirus specific family tip sheets, which include virtual activity ideas, explaining COVID-19 to your kids, an example home schedule, and emergency supports. 

This tipsheet belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please visit

Created by the Family Support Specialists at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on April 22 2020. If you have a question or a resource to share, please feel free to reach out to us at