STEPS – Group Therapy-Educational Program for Siblings of children with disabilities – An intensive alternative of program for siblings of children with Williams syndrome

David Havelka, Lenka Hrnčířová


Sibship is one of the most important relationships in life. However, this relationship may be very specific if one of the siblings suffers from a developmental disorder. In such a case healthy siblings are confronted with a similar number of stressful and challenging situations as their parents. These stressors lead to an increased incidence of mental health problems in this population. In order to support and fulfil the needs of healthy siblings, STEPS program (Group Therapeutic Program for Siblings of Children with Disabilities) was developed. Five siblings of children with Williams syndrome have participated in piloting of an intensive alternative of this program. The aim of this article is to provide basic information on the pilot of this program and provide suggestions for further development of support for at-risk and in our country neglected population – siblings of children with disabilities.

(Fulltext in Czech)


sibship, group work, therapy, education, Williams syndrome


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