Kids don’t come with instructions!  Sometimes it is hard for kids who have a sibling with a special need.


What are Sibshops?
Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program that provides peer support within a recreational environment.  It’s designed to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.  Each Sibshop encourages kids to participate in site based activities that encourage sharing, laughter and fun!  Kids will have a chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability or a medical condition.

 Are Sibshops a form of therapy? 
Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend, but they’re not therapy.  Sibshops takes a wellness perspective.  They’re a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.

Who attends Sibshops? 
Sibs, of course!  Most Sibshops are for siblings  of kids with developmental concerns.  Increasingly, Sibshops are being offered for brothers and sisters of kids with health and  mental health concerns.  The Hays Sibshop is offered to kids 6 to 8 years of age.

Who is sponsoring the Hays Sibshop? 
The Hays Sibshop is sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Teacher Education Program.  The program is made possible with a United Way of Ellis County Community Impact Grant.  For more information about the event contact Dana at 623-2400.

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