Children who have a sibling with one or more disabilities are more likely to take on caregiver roles, the role of the elucidator, as well as exhibit externalized aggressive behaviors and/or internalized depression and anxiety than their peers. Causes of this vary but can include the differential impact of parents/caregivers, feelings of a “loss of childhood”, communication challenges, and social stigma. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic methodology in which a person works towards well-being by accepting and embracing current realities.5 S.O.D.A. is the acronym for a Sibling of a Deaf Adult/child and this paper explores how welcoming a SODA through an ACT inspired activity book could introduce a child to the asset-framed cultural aspect of Deafness while still making space for the range of possible emotions. This proposed activity book is an attempt to encourage resiliency and belonging for those who could be considered periphery members of the Deaf community and to help solidify a healthy family system during a time of transition.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Deaf--Family relationships; Siblings of people with disabilities; Deaf culture
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Knight, Ariella, "Welcome to Club SODA: Ways of Welcoming a Hearing Sibling into the Deaf Community to Create Feelings of Acceptance, Belonging, and Lifelong Allyship" (2023). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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