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.
The Sibshop curriculum is used throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Guatemala, Turkey, and Argentina.
The Arc of King County in Seattle produced an excellent video about sibling issues and Sibshops. It’s almost 15 minutes long, but provides great insights from sibs of different ages and cultural backgrounds. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and check it out!
If you are interested in locating a SibShop near you, go to http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops/find-a-sibshop.
Teen and adult siblings can connect with other siblings through FaceBook and Yahoo. Go to http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/sibteen-facebook-group-and-yahoogroup to find out how.