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A Message for Parents, Grandparents and Other Family Members

We’re 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:

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 hundreds of Sibshops in eight countries! Read a summary of a University of Washington study about the lasting impact of Sibshops.

No Sibshop in your community? or call us at 425-362-6421 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 "How to Let Young Siblings Know You Care."  Written with the help of over 50 sibs, this documents decribes what parents, family members, and service providers can do to let young brothers and sisters know that they are special, valued, and acknowledged.  

Read books about sibling issues.

Be one our angels! It’s tricky finding funding to support brothers and sisters. Your donations really help!

Join Us At One of Our Workshops or Training Events
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training.

Even if you don't want to  become a Sibshop facilitator, you can join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. 

Please know:
Registration costs are determined by the agencies hosting the workshops and trainings.  For information and to register, please contact these agencies directly. 

Below you'll find dates for upcoming Sibshop facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops.  If you'd like to discuss hosting a training in your community, please drop us a line at