Sibshops are peer gatherings that include open and lively conversations, recreational and educational activities which gives the siblings a chance to meet with other kids their age with similar family dynamics.
Here at S.I.B.S., we receive frequent calls from caregivers and professionals wanting to learn more about Sibshops or receive training. Each time we’re able to hold a Sibshop, more individuals receive training to become facilitators, and these facilitators bring easy-to-implement programs back to their agencies and neighborhoods. And as a result, more families receive much-needed support.
The two-day Sibshop intensive training covers topics such as:
The Sibling Support Project describes Sibshops this way:
Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, 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 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.”
Goals of Sibshops
S.I.B.S. partners with other local agencies in order to provide hosting, volunteers, food, materials and registration for Sibshops. Want to offer your facility, time, or support? Contact S.I.B.S. VP Tara Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org.