Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My sibling has Special Needs. What about me?

This is a very typical question for kids who have siblings with special needs.  It can feel lonely, it can be stressful, but now it can be fun too!  I am so excited to introduce you to Sibshops.

Sibshops is a non-sectarian, fun and lively program specially designed for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.  

Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (usually for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, learn something about the services their brothers and sister receive, and have some more fun.  

Is it therapy?  No, but it may be theraputic for siblings to have somewhere to be honest, discover that they aren't alone and just have fun.

Best known for helping local communities start Sibshops chapters, the Sibling Support Project is the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns. You can check out their website at The Sibling Support Project and find events in your neigbhourhood.

The Ottawa chapter is launching this month and has lots of events coming up this year.  

I hope you'll take advantage of this amazing resource and share it with friends.  Isn't it great to know you're not alone!

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