Sometimes brothers and sisters of children who have disabilities feel they are the "forgotten" members of the family. They share many of the concerns that their parents have, including isolation, a need for information, guilt, concerns about the future, and care-giving demands. They also face issues that are uniquely theirs including resentment, peer issues, embarrassment, and pressure to achieve.
Sibshop provides siblings with peer support and information, thereby allowing them to know that they are not the only youngsters who are in this situation. At least quarterly, volunteers – particularly adult siblings – facilitate Sibshop, where siblings can talk about their concerns and assist one another to discover new coping techniques. Social and recreational activities are planned so that they can have fun and develop friendships with other siblings.
Download a Sibshop Registration Form (PDF document)