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Typically developing siblings of kids with special developmental, health or mental health concerns in Northern Nevada are invited to a series of six Sibshops in 2017! Sibshop Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 13 years old and have a sibling with a disability or mental health concerns. Register for $5 per Sibshop per family.

  • January 27, 3:30-5:30, Renown Regional Medical Center

  • March 5, 1:00-4:00PM, Reno Fire Station #11

  • May 20, 9:30-11:00AM, During the Spring Fling at the Boys & Girls Club, 1300 Foster Drive

  • July 26, 10:00AM-1:00PM, Galena Creek Visitor Center LUNCH will be served.

  • September 24, 1:00-4:00PM, Valley Wood Park

  • November 4, 1:00-4:00PM, Vassar-Cordone NonProfit Center

Friday, January 27, 3:30-5:30 PM: Meet at Renown Regional Medical Center in the Tahoe Tower Ground Floor Lobby for an informational tour with hospital staff members. We will tour the Laboratory, XRay & Imaging Center and the Emergency Room. Learn what happens when your sib goes to the hospital. We will also learn about careers in the health field. Pizza will be served after the tour.

Sunday, March 5, 1:00-4:00 PM: Fire Station #11, 7105 Mae Anne Avenue. Meet in the Community Center room on the ground floor of the Fire Station. Sibshop games and snacks.

Saturday, May 27, 1:00-4:00 PM: Vassar Cordone NonProfit Center, 1301 Cordone Avenue. Fun activities and snacks! Meet downstairs in the lower level conference room.

Wednesday, July 26, 10:00AM-1:00PM: Sibshop Hike at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. Meet at Galena Creek Visitor Center located six miles up the Mt. Rose Hwy. 18250 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511. We will have a snack during the hike, and sandwiches after the hike.

Sunday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 PM: Field Day at Valley Wood Park, 6555 Valley Wood Drive. Snacks and drinks provided.

Saturday, November 4, 1:00-4:00 PM: Fun and Sibshop Games at Vassar Cordone NonProfit Center, 1301 Cordone Ave. Meet downstairs in the lower level conference room.

What are Sibshops?

For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability. However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (sometimes for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, learn something about the services their brothers and sisters receive, and have some more fun. (We're big on having fun!)

Are Sibshops a form of therapy?

Sibshops may be “therapeutic” for kids to attend, but they’re not therapy. Sibshops take a wellness perspective. They’re a celebration of the many lifelong contributions made by brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.

For more information, contact Diana Rovetti at rovetti@unr.edu.

This project is supported by the State of Nevada through the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and the JUSTin HOPE Foundation. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of any of the above listed agencies.

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