Siblings of Children with Special Need
Sibshops are a FREE program designed specifically for brothers and sisters (ages 6 to 12) of children with special needs or disabilities.  Sibshops are a time to meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs, build friendships, have fun, do recreational activities, and share feelings with others who really know what it is like to have a sibling with a disability.
Photo of Group of Sibshop Attendees
Upcoming Sibshops

Sibshops will be scheduled again this coming Fall and Spring      (2015-2016)

Sibshops is a partnerships with Here4Youth,
LifeScape (formerly Children's Care Hospital and School),
 Center For Disabilities and South Dakota Parent Connection.

-- To save time when dropping the youth off, print and fill out this form ahead of time!

-- If you like to work with children and are looking for a FUN  volunteering opportunity, click Get Involved

Information About Sibshops
Sibshops is part of the Sibling Support Project, a national project dedicated to the concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and mental health concerns,

An ABC News 20/20 segment about Sibshops features a sibling of a young man with autism who attends them.

Other Resources for Siblings

Survey for Adult Siblings with Brothers/Sisters with Special Needs

The Center for Disabilities and South Dakota Parent Connection are interested in the experiences, opinions, challenges, and successes of individuals who have a sibling with a disability.  We would like to hear from you so that we can begin to develop an action plan to address the needs of siblings in our state.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey- click here

Scoop Essentials: Inside the World of Siblings 
They'll be around longer than any parent, teacher or therapist, but what does it mean to be a sibling of someone with a developmental disability? In this installment of Scoop Essentials, Don Meyer, director of Sibling Support Project, tackles this issue and more.

A video from Sanford School of Medicine University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities about sibling issues when having a sibling with a disability.

Support Groups for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

- Just for teenage brothers and sisters, available as Yahoogroup and    Facebook group. 
Click here for more information

Sibkids- A Yahoo group just for young siblings.  Sibkids has volunteer adult sibling and parent "camp counselors" who help make Sibkids a safe place to hang out.  Click here for more information.

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The contents of this website were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $95,700 and Grant D70MC24124, Integrated Community Systems For CSHCN, $287,678); and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.