Join us for the only Sibshop in Middle Tennessee! Sibshops are a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs. Being a sibling of a person with special needs can be a good thing and sometimes it can be not so good; we will reflect on these feelings, play games, as well as meet other siblings. Dinner will also be provided for the attending children.
For children ages 8-13
What are Sibshops?
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 siblings (usually for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a siblings 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?
Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend, but they’re 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?
Siblings, of course! Most Sibshops are for siblings of kids with developmental concerns. 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 siblings of kids with mental health concerns. While Sibshops were developed for siblings in the 8-13 year-old age range, Sibshops (depending on the community) are being offered for siblings as young as six and for teens as well.