The Sibshop Curriculum--Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with special needs
Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition
By Don Meyer, M.Ed., & Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.
When it comes to organizing workshops for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs, Sibshops is just what communities need. The enormously popular Sibshop model has been used in more than 200 communities in eight countries, and the long-awaited revision of this exemplary guide makes it easier than ever to create and run successful, cost-effective sibling support group programs.
Sibshop programs provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a highly recreational context. Organizers and families appreciate that the workshops take a wellness approach, and the siblings who attend the workshops appreciate that they're fun and engaging. Highly practical and user-friendly, Sibshops is filled with straightforward instructions, photocopiable forms, more than 100 fun games and activities, and sage guidance on how to start, fund, and run a Sibshop.
Essential for agencies that serve families of children with disabilities, social workers, parent-to-parent programs, early intervention programs, developmental disability councils, child life specialists, and parents, this guidebook offers an inexpensive and easy-to-implement solution to addressing siblings' needs in a way everyone can enjoy.
264 pages /7 x 10
2008 / $34.95
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. What Are Sibshops?
Who Attends Sibshops?
Who Sponsors Sibshops?
Who Runs Sibshops?
What Is the Optimal Number of Participants in Sibshops?
When Are Sibshops Offered?
How Often Are Sibshops Held?
What Are the Goals of the Sibshop Model?
How Do We Become a Registered Sibshop?
2. Unusual Concerns
Isolation, Loneliness, and Loss
Pressure to Achieve
3. Information Needs of Siblings
Information Needs According to Age
Avoiding Misconceptions about the Condition
Providing Brothers and Sisters Needed Information
When Siblings Think about the Future
Information at Sibshops
4. Unusual Opportunities
Self-Concept and Social Competence
5. Getting Started
Times and Dates
Registration and Budget Management
6. Putting It All Together
Awareness and Recruitment Activities
Planning for Your Very First Sibshop
An Annotated Sibshop Schedule
The Activity Planning Form
Evaluating Your Program
7. Introductory and Trickle-In Activities
"I Am" Poem*
Strengths and Weaknesses
Two Truths and a Lie*
Go Stand in the Corner!
Sibshop Action Art
The Name Game
When You're Hot, You're Hot!
8. Sibshop Discussion and Peer Support Activities
Dear Aunt Blabby
The M&M Game*
Feelings on a Rope*
Wheel of Feelings Beanbag Toss
Same and Different
My Sib & Me
Strengths and Weaknesses, Jr.
Two Bug Activities: That Bugs Me!* and The Love Bug*
Inside/Outside Bags or Masks*
Sibling Slam Book*
9. Sibshop Recreational and Food Activities
Games—New and Otherwise
Presenting Sibshop Recreational Activities
Altoids Versus Wint-O-Greens!*
Balloon Birdseed Beanbags*
Beach Ball Bounce*
Blindfold Sort Out*
Body Part Musical Chairs*
Dangling Donut Eating Contest
Do You Want to Buy a Duck?*
Fox and Chickens*
Keep the Balloon in the Air*
The Lap Game
Last Kid Standing*
Pass the Orange
That's a Wrap!*
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles*
Tug of War
Wind in the Willow
Sample Sibshop Food Activities
10. Information Activities, Guest Speakers, and Special Events
Written Sources of Information
Sibshops as Information Sources
11. Workshops on Sibling Issues for Parents and Service Providers
A Workshop on Sibling Issues
Informal Discussions for Parents of Sibshop Participants
Other Resources for Parents and Service Providers
Appendix A: The Sibshops Standards of Practice
Appendix B: Books for Young Readers on Siblings and Disability Issues
Appendix C: A Brief Description of the Sibshop Model
Appendix D: What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know
Appendix E: Sample Sibshop Registration Form
Appendix F: Dear Aunt Blabby Letters
* Denotes a new activity or game
Comments about Sibshops
Sibshops is a terrific book! Don Meyer integrates his extraordinary wisdom and experience with the growing body of research about the relationships between sisters and brothers when one has a disability. Then by including many very thoughtful details and sensitive explanations and examples, Don show how caring parents and professionals can create Sibshops and continue his pioneering work in local communities everywhere."
--Stan Klein, Ph.D., Co-founder, Exceptional Parent Magazine
Although the book has only 236 pages, each chapter is treated with incredible depth and much humor. The reader can only be in awe of that the authors, through ingenuity and clarity, could consolidate so much detailed information, all the while entertaining the reader... In their efforts to provide a guideline for organizing support groups for siblings of children with special needs, Meyer and Vadasy have created a treasure. It is a book from which all service providers may benefit. Presented with sensitivity and humor, this powerful and scholarly guidebook may prove to become a classic of its kind."
--Thelma Alpert Blumberg, MA, NCSP, National School Psychologist Communique, November 1997
This book is aimed at parents of children with special needs, adult siblings, and professionals who work with families. It is highly accessible, informative, and a pleasure to read. The text is interspersed with cartoon drawings and pictures that add considerably to the general "sparkle" of the whole work. It is overall positive, optimistic, and inspiring. I want to organize a Sibshop tomorrow!
--Christine Eiser, University of Exeter (U.K.), Journal of Pediatric Psychology, March, 1996
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