Siblings Support Project in South Dakota

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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 children at a Sibshops event
Sibshops 2017-2018

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Northern State University, Gerber Building, Room 210
1200 S Jay St., Aberdeen
10 am- 1 pm

Saturday, February 24th
at LifeScape
2501 W 26th St., Sioux Falls

Saturday, April 28th
at Ramkota Hotel
3200 W. Maple St., Sioux Falls
In conjunction with Partners in Policymaking Graduation

Sibshops is a partnerships with Here4Youth, LifeScape, USD Center For Disabilities and SD 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, contact us at

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

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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, $90,030 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.