Media-enhanced Technology for Promoting the Behavioral Health and Family Relationships of Typically Developing Young Siblings

Researchers are developing and testing a media-enhanced mobile technology that helps families develop behavioral health routines focusing on the typically developing (TD) siblings (age 3-5) of children with disabilities.

The intent of this project is to increase access for families from minority ethnic and cultural and rural backgrounds to support services for Typically Developing (TD) siblings of children with disabilities and health impairments. Supports for TD siblings are not widely available, and are even less available for these typically underserved families. Minority families of children with disabilities have more limited access to basic health services to support their needs including referral and access to specialty services.

The in-person sibling support workshops that have been available in limited locations for siblings are less accessible to minority and rural families, and the smart speaker technology used in this project reduces common barriers these families face in accessing this support (time, travel, distance). The technology content will be developed with this family audience in mind, and participant recruitment will target these families with support from community recruitment partners.

This is a subaward with Influents Innovations from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.


9/16/20 - 6/30/22


National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities