What are Sibshops?
This is a series of workshops designed to support the emotional and behavioral needs of siblings of kids who have significant special needs. Sessions are 4 hours long, with an after-care option. Participants can attend any single or multiple sessions within their age group.
Sessions are led by our certified, clinical staff and hosted at our clinic. We have designed these sessions to be engaging and interactive, including games, art projects, discussions, and more.
For the staff who run them and the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person with a disability. However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (sometimes for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, learn something about the services their brothers and sisters receive, and have some more fun.
Are Sibshops a form of therapy?
Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend but they are not therapy. The Sibshops model takes a wellness perspective. We mix information and discussion with interactive activities. Our approach recognizes that being a sibling of a person with special needs is a great experience for some, others not-so-good, and for many, somewhere in between. Our Sibshops reflect a belief that siblings have much to offer one another - when given a chance.
Who attends Sibshops?
Sibs, of course! Sibshops are for siblings of kids who have a disability, significant health concern, or other special needs. Our Sibshops were developed for sibs in the 9-13 & 14-17 year-old age ranges.