“Sibshops”: for siblings of children with special needs are offered monthly on the same night as the parent support meetings at the Consortium building in Lewes. More information can be found at http://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops
Brothers and sisters of children with special developmental needs have concerns that have been well documented in research and clinical literature. These concerns include a need for information, feelings of isolation, caregiving responsibilities, guilt, the pressure to achieve, and concerns about the future. Although the sibling relationship is the longest lasting relationship in the family, brothers and sisters of children with special needs have far fewer opportunities for peer support and education compared to their parents. Brothers and sisters, like their parents, deserve to have their information and support needs addressed.
- Follows the Sibshops model developed by Donald Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project of the Arc of the United States.
The goals are:
- To provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
- To provide brothers and sisters with an opportunity to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings, and
- To provide brothers and sisters with an opportunity to learn how others handle the situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs
- To provide brothers and sisters with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their siblings’ special needs.
- To provide parents and service providers with opportunities to learn more about common concerns of siblings.