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Sibshops

Because siblings need support too!

Event dates vary. Can be held online or in-person.

Sibshops are intended for neurotypical children between the ages of 7 – 14 years old, who have a sibling diagnosed with Autism. Sibshops provide siblings of kids with disabilities with peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting. This group is led by a certified Sibshops facilitator.

Thank you to the Hussman Foundation for supplying us with a grant to start our Sibshops Program!

Information on the next event:

When: Saturday, August 17th
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: $5 per sibling

Frequently Asked Questions about Sibshops

  1. What are Sibshops? 
    For the adults who run them and for 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 who has a disability.  However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (usually 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 sister receive, and have some more fun.

    The Sibshops curriculum is used throughout the United States and Canada and in Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Argentina, Ecuador, Iceland, Ireland, England, Italy, Malta, Singapore, and Turkey.

    Our Sibshops are led by a certified Sibshops facilitator.

  2. Are Sibshops a form of therapy?
    Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend, but they are not therapy.  The Sibshop model takes a wellness perspective.  They’re a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.
  3. Who attends Sibshops?
    Sibs, of course!  Most Sibshops are for sibs of kids with special developmental concerns, including intellectual and developmental disabilities. Attendees should be neurotypical and be between the ages of 7-14 years old.