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Siblings are Special Too

Understanding the Special Relationships of Siblings in Families with Children of Special Needs

Sibshop Workshops
These workshops are for typically developing children.

Lehigh Valley Sports Academy
Saturday, October 23, 2010  |  2 – 5pm  |  $20 per child
1665 E. Race St, Allentown, PA 18109
Join us for a fun filled afternoon at the Lehigh Valley Sports Academy. This afternoon includes obstacle courses, gymnastics, tumbling, trampolines and tumble tracks, foam pits, and not to mention a giant moon bounce! Please bring snacks or beverages if necessary. For children age 8 to 12 years.
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Lafayette College Football vs Holy Cross
Saturday, November 13, 2010  |  11am – 2pm  |  $13 per child
Fisher Stadium, High Street and McCartney Street, Easton, PA, 18042
Join us for a festive fall afternoon of football, fun and a moon bounce too!  Game starts at noon and we’ll meet at 11am for team building activities.  Please meet at the front gate of Fisher Field.  Look for a Sibshop sign.  Parents are welcome to stay however, the Sibshop activities are for siblings only.  Game tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for any additional children and may be purchased on Lafayette’s website.  Please bring a bagged lunch or $ to purchase food or snacks. For children age 8 to 12 years.
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SibshopsAbout Sibshops
Through over fifty years of experience, Via knows that individuals with a disability are part of a family and families share in both the joys and sorrows of their loved one.  A sibling relationship is often the longest relationship that many individuals have in their lives, often outlasting parent-child relationships and marital relationships.

Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.  Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much  to offer one another - if they are given a chance.

SibshopsSibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support.  Because Sibshops are designed for school-age children, peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view.

Sibshops are not therapy, group or otherwise, although their effect may be therapeutic for some children.  Sibshops acknowledge that most brothers and sisters of people with special needs, like their parents, are doing well, despite the challenges of an illness or disability. 


For more information, contact:
Marisa Nimtien, Director of Children's Services | 484-893-5379