A message for teen brothers and sisters
We’re glad you’ve found us!
While you are on our website, here are few things you might want to check out:
SibTeen groups are just for teen sibs. SibTeen comes in two “flavors”: a Facebook group and a yahoogroup. Both are closed groups, meaning only members can read what you write. Visit SibTeen to learn how to connect with other teen sibs from around the world! SibTeen members talk about their brothers and sisters, but they talk about other stuff too.
Sibshops. In case they’re new to you, Sibshops are really fun events for young sibs of kids with special needs. There are over Sibshops so who knows? There might be one near where you live. No Sibshop in your area? You might want to help get one started by or calling us (at 206-297-6368).
Are you too "old" for the Sibshop in your community? Most Sibshops have teen sibs who are junior facilitators. Being a junior facilitator is a great way to help younger sibs--and junior facilitators say they get a lot out of it too. (It is also a great way to work off those service-learning hours you need to graduate from high school!)
Read books by and about young sibs. We have three: Views from Our Shoes (45 brief essays written by sibs ages 4-18); The Sibling Slam Book (written with the help of 80 teen sibs from four countries); and Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs(which provides lots of information on various disabilities.
While we’re proud of our books, there are other good books about sib issues for young readers. Here’s a few of our favorites: Tru Confessions; Are You Alone on Purpose?; and Rules. While there are number of sib-related movies out there (e.g., Benny and Joon, Rainman) everyone’s favorite seems to be What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s our favorite too! .
, if you’d like!