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Join us for the first Sibshops of the 2016-17 school year!

What are Sibshops?

Sibshops are lively, engaging 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. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Sibshops are not therapy, 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 a disability or illness. Consequently, while Sibshop facilitators always keep an eye open for participants who may need additional services, the Sibshops model takes a wellness approach.

Who participates in Sibshops?

We will have at least two Options & Advocacy staff at every Sibshops session. Assisting them will be teen and adult siblings of individuals with special needs. Occasionally, we will include other guests such as therapists, speakers, and volunteers. We hope to have 15 – 20 siblings participating in each session. They will range in age from 8-14 and come from all over McHenry County.

When and where will Sibshops be held?

We will be meeting the third* Saturday of each month during the school year (September – May), from 9:00-11:30 am at Spectrum Support, LLC, 1575 W. Lake Shore Dr. in Woodstock (*December’s date is the second Saturday due to the holidays). Exact dates are listed in the Participant Registration Form and on the calendar.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please call or e-mail one of the coordinators. Our information is below and we’ll be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have.

Winter Noe
815-477-4720 x230

Sarah Gulgren
(815) 353-4184