SIBSHOP FAQS2020-12-07T22:23:38+00:00

FAQs about Sibshops

What are Sibshops?2020-12-07T22:32:29+00:00

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.

Are Sibshops a form of therapy?2020-12-07T22:31:54+00:00

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.

Who attends Sibshops?2020-12-07T22:31:14+00:00

Sibs, of course!  Most Sibshops are for sibs of kids with special developmental concerns, including intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Increasingly, Sibshops are being offered for brothers and sisters of kids with health concerns (often at children’s hospitals), and we’re beginning to see Sibshops emerge for sibs of kids with mental health concerns.  While Sibshops were developed for sibs in the 8-13 year-old age range, Sibshops (depending on the community) are being offered for sibs as young as six and increasingly for teens as well.

Who sponsors Sibshops?2019-05-23T17:28:21+00:00

A wide range of agencies sponsor Sibshops: early intervention centers, school districts, children’s hospitals, chapters of the Arc, Easter Seals programs, autism societies, Down syndrome groups, developmental disabilities councils, Jewish community centers, churches, parks and recreation programs, etc.  Often, local agencies work with other like-minded agencies to cosponsor one Sibshop for all the brothers and sisters in a given community.