Sibshops are opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities to play and obtain peer support with education included. They are lively pedal-to-the-medal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops is not group therapy although their effect may be therapeutic for some children.
Who Participates in Sibshops?
Sibshops is designed for children ages, 6 – 13 who have a brother or sister with disabilities. Sibshops is facilitated by a Trained Adult Sibling Facilitator.
Why do Siblings Need A Program Such as Sibshops?
Siblings of children with disabilities want to understand what’s going on with their brother or sister and the implications. They need information for reassurance, to answer their own questions and questions posed by others, and to plan for their future. And, unless their brother or sister has a terminal condition, the need will be lifelong and the topics ever-changing.
What are the Goals of the Program?
Participants get to meet other siblings in a relaxed recreational setting, where they can discuss their personal joys and concerns with other siblings who understand. They will learn how to handle situations commonly experienced by siblings and the implications of their brother’s or sister’s special needs.
Sibshops also provide parents and professionals in the community an opportunity to learn more about the concerns and issues frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
RSVP’s should be received no later than the Monday before the event. See the latest Gazette for details. You can use Paypal to pay for each session individually or for the whole season. You can also pay by check the day of. Please print/fill out The Sibshops Information Form and bring it with you.
Please pre-pay for 1 full year or 5 sessions by September 1st