UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) Lilas Lab hosted a week occupation at the Centres of Arts and Education in the city of Kalamata (Greece) in partnership with Association of Parents of Children & Adolescents with Autism and Specialised Autism Day Care Centre of Messinias Prefecture (part of decentralized Greek National Health System-Domain of Mental Health).
Being the sister of a child with Autism can be both a challenging and enriching experience. Siblings’ experiences can be complex and often difficult to capture using traditional methods, as they are often habitual and taken for granted. Many everyday activities are likely to be left unquestioned. Siblings in early adolescent years growing up with a sibling with ASD have been the subject of little previous research, especially in terms of sisters’ experiences.
Explaining the process behind the occupation, Ms Georgia Pavlopoulou,PhD research student and Head of Family & School Partnership at Lilas Lab says: ‘This is part of my PhD work here at UCL with supervision by Dagmara Dimitriou that aims to explore and describe relationships and environmental settings in the life of the typically developing sisters growing up wi