A message for parents, grandparents and other family members:
happy you’ve found us! As you know
better than just about anyone, a child’s disability or illness affect all family members. Throughout their lives, sibs have many
unique concerns--but they have many unique opportunities as well. When parents and others are attentive
to sibs’ issues, there are many reasons for hope!
While you’re here on our website, here are a few things you might want to check out:
SibParent is a yahoogroup where parents of kids with special health and developmental needs can talk about their “other” kids. It is a great bunch and is hosted by Andrea Congdon, a mom of children with and without special needs and a Sibshop provider and enthusiast. (If you don’t want to join SibParent, consider subscribing to the Sibling Support Project e-newsletter for occasional mailings on sibling-related issues and programs.)
Find a Sibshop for your typically developing kids. Sibshops are lively events for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. With an emphasis on wellness and fun, Sibshops give kids a chance to meet other sibs, play outrageous games, talk about the good (and not-so-good) parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it” and have even more fun! There are now almost 300 Sibshops in eight countries! Read a summary of a University of Washington study about the lasting impact of Sibshops.
No Sibshop in your community? Drop us a line or call us at 206-297-6368 and we can discuss possibilities! Parents are often the driving forces in getting Sibshops started for their typically developing kids.
Attend one of our workshops or a Sibshop training (even if you don’t want to run a Sibshop). One of the biggest favors parents can do for their typically developing kids is to learn about sibs’ issues across the lifespan. At our workshops, you will meet other parents who share your concerns and we’ll guarantee that you will learn—and laugh--a lot!
Read “What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know.” Written with the help of many sibs, this document is a collection of 20 great suggestions.
Read books about sibling issues. There has been an explosion of books by and about sibs in the past few years. On this website you’ll find a list of our favorite books for young sibs, adult sibs, parents, and anyone else interested in families of kids with special needs. (Buy them at our "Amazon Astore," and you’ll get the same great deals you always get on Amazon and we get a small percentage.)
Be one our angels! It’s tricky finding funding to support brothers and sisters. Your donations really help!