Sibshops provide siblings of children with special needs with peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting.
Sibshops are interactive, fun workshops that provide a supportive space for children and youth to connect around the unique experience of growing up with a sibling with special needs and/or mental health struggles, these participants are referred to as Sibs.
Certified Sibshop facilitators host sessions based on the Sibshop model. Our Sibshops include facilitators who bring the special insight of adults who grew up with a sibling with a disability. Sibs aged 8-11 are invited to attend.
From the Sibs
“Sibshops provided me a space to feel connected to other Sibs who were navigating similar situations as I was with my brother. Until Sibshops I never felt like I had a community that understood what I was experiencing”
“Sibshops created a space where I could be myself, talk about the ups and downs of being a Sib and do fun activities with people who understood what I was going through”
From the Parents
“My daughter benefitted from regular contact with other siblings who understood the things she was experiencing”
“The long-term relationships my daughter made with other Sibs has helped her develop strategies for getting along with her brother with special needs”
“Sibshops gave my daughter a safe space to talk about the challenges of living with a sibling with special needs”