Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs can be a good thing for some, a not-so-good thing for others, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance.
Sibshops (sibling workshops) are peer support and educational programs where school age brothers and sisters meet other siblings to have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not so good parts of having a sibling with special needs, play some great games, and learn something about the services their brother or sister receive.
Youth Sibshops (8-12) are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.
New This Year: Teen Sibshops (13-17) focus on self-esteem building, peer connections, and topics related to being a sibling of someone with a brain- based disability through activities and discussions.
Having two age breakouts allows for each session to focus on an age appropriate theme, such as feelings, friends, self-esteem, bullying, or other topics related to being a sibling. This program fosters positive relationships between brothers and sisters, teaches coping strategies, and develops supportive friendships.
The Sibshop model was developed by Don Meyer of the Sibling Support Project.
No on-site registrations will be accepted!