Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition
Special Education
Long-awaited revision of the essential guide for organizing and running support groups for siblings of children with special needs.
67830 978-1-55766-783-0
2008 264
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When it comes to organizing workshops for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs, Sibshops is just what communities need. The enormously popular Sibshop model has been used in more than 200 communities in eight countries, and the long-awaited revision of this exemplary guide makes it easier than ever to create and run successful, cost-effective sibling support group programs.

Sibshop programs provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a highly recreational context. Organizers and families appreciate that the workshops take a wellness approach, and the siblings who attend the workshops appreciate that they're fun and engaging. Highly practical and user-friendly, Sibshops is filled with straightforward instructions, photocopiable forms, more than 100 fun games and activities, and sage guidance on how to start, fund, and run a Sibshop.

Essential for agencies that serve families of children with disabilities, social workers, parent-to-parent programs, early intervention programs, developmental disability councils, child life specialists, and parents, this guidebook offers an inexpensive and easy-to-implement solution to addressing siblings' needs in a way everyone can enjoy.

About the Authors
Tom Fish

1. What Are Sibshops?

Who Attends Sibshops?
Who Sponsors Sibshops?
Who Runs Sibshops?
What Is the Optimal Number of Participants in Sibshops?
When Are Sibshops Offered?
How Often Are Sibshops Held?
What Are the Goals of the Sibshop Model?
How Do We Become a Registered Sibshop?

2. Unusual Concerns

Isolation, Loneliness, and Loss
Increased Responsibilities
Pressure to Achieve

3. Information Needs of Siblings

Information Needs According to Age
Avoiding Misconceptions about the Condition
Providing Brothers and Sisters Needed Information
When Siblings Think about the Future
Information at Sibshops
Adult Siblings

4. Unusual Opportunities

Self-Concept and Social Competence
Vocational Opportunities

5. Getting Started

Financial Issues
Times and Dates
Registration and Budget Management

6. Putting It All Together

Awareness and Recruitment Activities
Planning for Your Very First Sibshop
An Annotated Sibshop Schedule
The Activity Planning Form
Evaluating Your Program

7. Introductory and Trickle-In Activities

Group Juggling
Human Bingo
"I Am" Poem*
Favorites I
Favorites II
Strengths and Weaknesses
Two Truths and a Lie*
Instant Replay
Snowball Fight
Go Stand in the Corner!
Sibshop Action Art
The Name Game
True Facts*
The Web
When You're Hot, You're Hot!
M&M Game*

8. Sibshop Discussion and Peer Support Activities

Time Capsules
Dream Pillows*
Discussion Gift*
Dear Aunt Blabby
The M&M Game*
Feelings on a Rope*
Three Wishes*
Wheel of Feelings Beanbag Toss
Same and Different
My Sib & Me
Strengths and Weaknesses, Jr.
Two Bug Activities: That Bugs Me!* and The Love Bug*
Graffiti Wall
Inside/Outside Bags or Masks*
Sibling Slam Book*
Open Discussions

9. Sibshop Recreational and Food Activities

Games—New and Otherwise
Presenting Sibshop Recreational Activities

Altoids Versus Wint-O-Greens!*
Balloon Birdseed Beanbags*
Balloon Duo
Balloon Stomp
Beach Ball Bounce*
Behavior Modification
Blindfold Sort Out*
Blob Tag
Body Part Musical Chairs*
Body Surfing
Dangling Donut Eating Contest
Dot's Dot
Do You Want to Buy a Duck?*
Fingerprint Pictures
Fox and Chickens*
Hog Call
Hug Tag
Human Pinball
Human Spring
Instant Replay
Keep the Balloon in the Air*
The Lap Game
Last Details
Last Kid Standing*
Mime Rhyme
Mouse Trap
Muscle Beach*
Mutual Monsters
Nose Toes
Pass the Orange
Psychic Shake
Pushpin Soccer
Scrabble Scramble
Sightless Sculpture
Snowball Fight*
Stand Up
That's a Wrap!*
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles*
Triangle Tag
Tug of War
Ultimate Nerf
Undercover Leaders
Wind in the Willow

Sample Sibshop Food Activities

10. Information Activities, Guest Speakers, and Special Events

Written Sources of Information
Sibshops as Information Sources

11. Workshops on Sibling Issues for Parents and Service Providers

Sibling Panels
A Workshop on Sibling Issues
Informal Discussions for Parents of Sibshop Participants
Other Resources for Parents and Service Providers


Appendix A: The Sibshops Standards of Practice
Appendix B: Books for Young Readers on Siblings and Disability Issues
Appendix C: A Brief Description of the Sibshop Model
Appendix D: What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know
Appendix E: Sample Sibshop Registration Form
Appendix F: Dear Aunt Blabby Letters


* Denotes a new activity or game


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: Exceptional Parent - June 1, 2009
"Parents and teachers will glean valuable insights with or without a Sibshops program."
Terri Mauro, Parenting Special Needs - February 8, 2008
"Upbeat, accessible resource . . . A pleasure to read."
Ann Kaiser, Vanderbilt University - October 29, 2007
"There is such a great need for positive, engaging ways to support siblings of children with disabilities . . . Sibshops are an innovative strategy for supporting families that has stood the test of time."
Ann Turnbull, Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability, Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas - October 29, 2007
"I highly recommend this book as a valued resource to enhance sibling quality of life and overall family quality of life—now and for the future."
Rachel SImon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister - October 29, 2007
"A most valuable book! Parents, prepare to gain insights that will help you forever. Facilitators, learn not just the hows of running Sibshops, but also the whys."
Jane Wysman, Respite Supports Manager, Sibshops Facilitator - October 29, 2007
"I gratefully acknowledge and thank Don Meyer for identifying the importance of meeting the needs of some very significant family members."
Paul And Judy Karasik, authors of The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family - September 25, 2007
"Every agency working with families with disability should be running Sibshops. Don Meyer and Patricia Vadasy have worked out the logistics and invented terrific programming that you can tailor to fit your audience. Run a Sibshop. Make a difference."
Christina Rogers, Strong Families Manager, Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine - September 11, 2007
"I use the Sibshop book constantly. It is the resource for sibling support . . . I refer to it for every workshop."
Mary McHugh, Author, Special Siblings: Growing up with Someone with a Disability - September 6, 2007
"The authors have not left out anything that would be useful in starting one of these highly effective play and discussion groups. Written in a lively, informal, easy-to-understand way, this book is excellent."
Thomas H. Powell, President, Mount St. Mary's University - September 6, 2007
"The premier guide for professionals designing and implementing interactive workshops to help siblings confront the special issues they face . . . This new edition will be a tremendous resource for the profession."
Tom Fish, Director of Social Work and Family Support Services, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities - August 28, 2007
"A real winner. It is clear, concise, and full of great information. A must read for those interested in serving and supporting siblings of people with special needs of all ages."