One aspect of family-centered care is that the needs of the whole family must be considered. There are many supports in place for the child with special needs, but there is little support, if any, for the siblings.
Sibshops are where school-age brothers and sisters connect with their peers (usually for the first time) and form friendships that can provide a lifetime of support. Sibshops are powerful, effective and fun workshops for siblings.
There are 26 Sibshops across Canada , but none in the Hamilton area. Opening Hearts offered the first Sibshop in Hamilton on June 21, 2014. It was an amazing success with the all of the kids being very excited about coming back to more Sibshops.
2017-2018 Sibshop Schedule
We are pleased to announce our 2017-2018 Sibshop schedule. We will run monthly from October 2017 to June 2018, every second Saturday of the month. Please see the following table for dates, times and locations.
|October 14, 2017||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|November 11, 2017||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|December 9, 2017||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|January 13, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|February 9, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|March 9, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|April 14, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|May 12, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
|June 9, 2018||10am to 2pm||Delta United Church|
Delta United Church
47 Ottawa St S
Hamilton, ON L8K 2C9
Map to Delta United Church
Since each Sibshop session is limited to 20 participants, all participants must register in advance.
Sibshops for 2017-2018 are for siblings who are 8-12 years of age.
The Goals Behind Sibshops:
- Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
- Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
- Sibshops will provide siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs.
- Sibshops will provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their sibling’s special needs.
- Sibshops will provide parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
What Sibshop Grads are Saying
Not long ago 2 researchers from the University of Washington surveyed “Sibshop Grads”, with an age range of 18-30. Here is some of the results.