WisconSibs Sibshops are workshops for children ages 6-12 who are brothers and sisters of children with disabilities or long-term illnesses. Typically lasting three to four hours, Sibshops are lively, relaxed events that combine recreation, information, and discussion, and give siblings the opportunity to celebrate the contributions and the challenges of their brothers and sisters with others their age who “get it.”
Sibshops are guided by trained facilitators (school psychologists, teachers, counselors or adult siblings, for example) in small, age-appropriate groups. All are trained in sibling issues, and always keep an eye open for participants who may need additional support.
The Sibshop concept was created by Don Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project, who continues to oversee the training of new leaders and the registration of official Sibshop. Harriet Redman, WisconSibs executive director, is a first-generation trained facilitator.
More information – Click for Sibshop FAQ.
For information about joining the WisconSibs troupe of Sibshop facilitators, click here.
Sibshops have been offered monthly during the school year in northeastern Wisconsin since 1997 by the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network, now known as WisconSibs/Fox Valley. Most are for boys and girls, but our S.P.A. (Sisters are Pretty Awesome) Sibshop is just for girls and their moms, and our H.U.L.K. (Huggable Unselfish Loveable Kids) Sibshop is just for boys and their dads.
Our Sibshop theme this year is “Every Day’s a Sib Day!”. We look forward to celebrating siblings and having fun recognizing and addressing their unique roles as siblings.
|Sibshop 2017-2018 schedule
January 6 9 am-noon
May 3-4 – Circles of Life Sibshop
Kids growing up with brothers or sisters with mental health issues can get pretty isolated and even forgotten. Sometimes it feels like no one understands and you are the only one. Sibshops give kids a chance to meet other kids who share many of the same feelings and also want to have fun. At Sibshop, they no longer feel alone.
The Women’s Fund of the Fox Valley Region is making it possible for kids who have siblings with mental or emotional health concerns to participate in Sibshops during January – May 2018.
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Want to attend Sibshops but not able to make it to the scheduled locations? Some local Arc or CESA organizations occasionally host these workshops, so check with them to see whether any are scheduled for your area. To find a Sibshop near you, click here. Like our Facebook page to keep informed.
Or, if you are an agency or individual wanting to know more about offering Sibshops where you live, contact the WisconSibs office.
Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special health or developmental needs.
Whether you come to all the Sibshops, or just a couple, you are always welcome. You will find friends there.
Join us for monthly Sibshops from September through April. WisconSibs is proud to be a registered Sibshop provider, along with over 800 Sibshops registered throughout the world. Contact us for information about Sibshops at WI state Autism Conference and Circles of Life conference.
Over 60% of children who have a sibling with cognitive disabilities expect to take care of their sibling when they become adults
Even very young children understand that they play a role in their sibling’s life. Siblings are important role models for their brothers and sisters, their classmates, even other relatives. They also quickly become important advocates and often caregivers for their siblings. When parents recognize that their “typical” children need support, they can help ensure these experiences are positive and their children are prepared to cope with challenges while celebrating the joys of having a sibling with special needs.