Sibshops is an exciting program just for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. The goal of Sibshops is to address the needs of siblings by allowing them to share, play and learn with other children through relevant, age-appropriate fun activities in a safe, nurturing environment.
Adult Siblings visit http://www.php.com/support/siblings-siblings
Sibshops are held the second Saturday every month 10am to 1pm, except July and August.
At a Sibshop, brothers and sisters will:
Click here, complete and bring the form bring
to the first sibshop that your son or daughter attends.
Excellent hand-out on siblings of children with special needs
Who attends Sibshops? Sibshops are for 8 to 12 year old brothers and sisters of children who have special needs.
Who sponsors Sibshops? Sibshops is a program of Parents Helping Parents but if you know of an organization that would like to help fund this program please let us know!
Who facilitates Sibshops? Sibshops are run by PHP staff and volunteers
What are Sibshops? Sibshops are a lively mixture of games, discussion, crafts and guest speakers. Participants should dress comfortably. We also provide lunch!
When and where are Sibshops? Sibshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See the event listing on the right hand side of this page for future dates. Each Sibshop will be held at Parents Helping Parents, Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-San Jose, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 100.
Sounds great! How do I register? Please register online or call (408) 727-5775 for more details.
I Have Needs Too!
Supporting the Child Whose Sibling Has Special Needs
by Elizabeth Batson with help from the kids in the 2010-2011 Sibling Workshops at Parents Helping Parents.
Available at the PHP library and at Sibshops.
What do you need to know about your other children? This article may shed some light: http://www.parentprojectmd.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Understand_family_siblings_jack&printer_friendly=1
The SibNet Listserv is an online community for adult siblings around the world to share information and discuss issues of common interest. You can now join the SibNet group via Facebook as well as Yahoo.com. to subscribe go to http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/SibNet
SIBLINGS FACE CHALLENGES
People who have a sibling with a mental health disorder are more likely to experience episodes of depression at some point in their lives, say researchers who analyzed four decades of data. Additionally, they found that people who have a sibling with low IQ are more likely to live near that brother or sister but to be somewhat emotionally detached from that sibling. The findings were reported in the Journal of Family Psychology. For more information go to
Tips for Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities
Tips for Parents of Adolescent & Young Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities
SibTeen Yahoo Group
Video List created by Sibs:
Great video about a boy and his sister, who has Down syndrome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FgPUAL67-qY