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.
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 “Sibs of Tomorrow”. We look forward to celebrating siblings and having fun recognizing and addressing their unique roles as siblings.
|Sibshop 2018-2019 schedule
|January 5 9 am-noon
Kroc Center – 1315 Lime Kiln Rd, Green Bay, WI
February 9 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
YMCA – 225 W Kennedy St, Kimberly, WI
March 3 1:30-3:30 pm — S.P.A. (Sisters are Pretty Awesome) Sibshop
for girls age 6 and older and their moms
Old 45 Archery – N2779 WI-15, Hortonville, WI
April 6 — Celebrate Siblings’ Day at Fox Cities Kidz Expo –
Visit Sibshop at WisconSibs booth – Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Appleton
April 13 Autism Society Conference
Kalahari, WI Dells, WI
|May 2-3 – Circles of Life Sibshop Stevens Point, WI for children ages 8-17 who have siblings with disabilities. For information about this conference and Sibshop
Each sibling attending this Circles of Life Sibshop must have a Registration form completed and submitted by April 18, 2019. Download Sibshop Registration for Circles 2019
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.