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 is a Facebook group just for teen sibs. It's a closed group, 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 hundreds of Sibshops around the world so there might be one near where you live. No Sibshop in your area? You might want to help get one started by writing 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 can also be a great way to work off those service-learning hours you need to graduate from high school!
Read books by and about young sibs. One of our books is especially for teen sibs: The Sibling Slam Book was written with the help of 80 teen sibs from four countries.
While written primarily for adult sibs, you might also enjoy our newest book, The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensible Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities.
While we’re proud of our books, there are other good books about sib issues for young readers. Here are a few of our favorites:
• Tru Confessions;
• Are You Alone on Purpose?;
• Al Capone Does My Shirts;
• The Sound of Letting Go; and
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! Learn about sib-related books and movies here.
As a teen sib, you might like this short paper: What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know.
Drop us a line, if you’d like!