Sibshops

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REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS FREE PROGRAM FOR SIBLINGS WHO HAVE A SIBLING WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The sibling relationship is one of the longest relationships we ever have – 65 years or more. Siblings have an ever changing (developmental) need for information about their sibling’s disability, yet they are often neglected. The “family” that is addressed by professionals is in reality the parents or just the mom and the child with the disability.

Sibshops are for 8 – 15 year old typically developing brothers and sisters who have a brother or sister with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or special needs. (Typical Sibs only – no kids on the spectrum or with disabilities, please.) They provide opportunities for brothers and sisters to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. They provide a chance for siblings to meet other siblings who have a brother or sister with autism, learn about ASDs, share joys and concerns, problem solve, and have fun. The Sibshop model intersperses fast-paced recreational activities (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), with information and discussion activities, snack, and sometimes, special guests.

The goals of Sibshops are:
Goal 1: to provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
Goal 2: to provide brothers and sisters with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
Goal 3: to provide siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs.
Goal 4: to provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their sibling’s special needs.
Goal 5: to provide parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns band opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.

Sibshops are a lively mixture of new games, discussion, and guest speakers. Participants should dress comfortably and be ready for action. Pizza lunch included.

Program Information:

Date: Third Saturday in November 2018 – April 2019
November 17, December 15, 2018

January 19, February 16, March 9 and April 13, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Alternate Learning Center
3939 Wrenwood, Toledo, Ohio

Facilitators:
Wendy Smenner (Lake Erie West) and Kate Schwartz (Autism Society of NW Ohio)

Cost:
Sibshops are FREE thanks to a grant from the Autism Provider NetworkWhile Sibshops are more like a club than a class, we encourage all who register to make an effort to attend each session. 

Registration:
Contact Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor/Sibshop Facilitator at Educational Services Center of Lake Erie West.  Phone: 419-214-3066; Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org

DOWNLOAD Sibshop brochure 2018 19 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Photos from past Sibshops…

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