Sibshop- for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)
Savannah, United States
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism will be hosting a Sibshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 10am-2pm at The Chatham Academy.
This Sibshop is a FUN interactive workshop for kids ages 8-13 who have a sibling with special needs.
Limited Space available. The cost of the workshop is $10 and includes all materials and lunch. There are a limited amount of scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis.
This is an extra special opportunity since this workshop will be led by Don Meyer, the founder of Sibshops. This will serve as a demonstratioin workshop for professionals who are learning to plan and facilitate their own Sibshops.We are very excited to be learning from him and to host more Sibshops in our area in the future.
What are Sibshops?
When a child is diagnosed with a special need, the entire family is affected. Sibshops provide support and guidance to siblings of children with special medical or developmental needs. Siblings are encouraged to share the challenges and celebrate the joys with brothers and sisters in similar situations. Sibshops are lively, action packed, 3 hour workshops that celebrate 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. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), and special guests. There are currently more than 200 Sibshops across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.
What are the goals of the Sibshop model?
• Goal 1: Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
• Goal 2: Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
• Goal 3: Sibshops will provide siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs.
• Goal 4: Sibshops will provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their sibling's special needs.
• Goal 5: Sibshops will provide parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
Lunch will be provided to the kids during the Sibshop. If your child has a food allergy or dietary restrictions it may be best for them to bring a lunch from home.
If you have questions or need more information contact Jennifer McGee, LPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912.355.9098
Sponsored in part by GA DBHDD
A BIG Thank YOU to Chatham Academy for allowing us to use their facility for this event!!!!
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The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism
Welcome to The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc. We diligently seek to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children and youth diagnosed with neurological disorders with related communication delays. We offer a variety of programs designed to address these challenges and help these children reach their full potential.
Neurological disorders may be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. Our approach of providing these children with a full range of educational and therapeutic services is designed to ensure that each child receives the individualized attention his/her situation requires in order to equip and enable lifelong success. History bears out the fact that without this multi-disciplinary approach to treat and educate the child, lifelong success is often unattainable.
It is the mission of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism to improve the quality of life for these children and their families. We are driven by the determination to assist a population historically under-served and hope that through our efforts more families with special-needs children will feel less isolated and more hopeful for the future of their children.