A message to service providers
for stopping by. Many service providers wisely value the families they serve
and are committed to providing family-centered care and services. However, even
the most family-friendly providers often overlook brothers and sisters. Thanks for being a provider who knows
that special health, developmental, and mental health concerns affect all
While you’re here on our website, here are a few things you might want to check out:
Learn more about Sibshops and where they can be found. Sibshops are lively events for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. With an emphasis on wellness and fun, Sibshop 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 and we can discuss possibilities! Sibshops are an affordable way to demonstrate your interest in the well being of the family members who will have the longest-lasting relationship with people who have special needs.
Attend one of our workshops or a Sibshop training (even if you don’t want to run a Sibshop). We guarantee that you will think it is time well spent and you’ll learn—and laugh--a lot! It will also change how you look at the families you serve. We’d love to conduct workshops at your agency. Write to us and we can discuss details!
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. “I am Constantly Thinking About Bev’s Future” provides eye-opening insights into the concerns of older sibs.
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. (If you buy them off our Amazon Astore you’ll get the same great deals you always get on Amazon and we get a small percentage.)
Learn about our family of yahoogroups so you can recommend them to the families you serve: SibKids (for young sibs); SibNet (for adult sibs); SibParent (where parents can go to talk about their “other” kids); and SibGroup (for people running Sibshops). And please subscribe our e-newsletter for occasional mailings!
Be one our angels! It’s tricky finding funding to support brothers and sisters. Your donations really help!