Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs / Edition 1

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When it comes to organizing workshops for siblings of children with special health and developmental needs, Sibshops is just what communities need. The enormously popular Sibshop model has been used in more than 200 communities in eight countries, and the long-awaited revision of this exemplary guide makes it easier than ever to create and run successful, cost-effective sibling support group programs.

Sibshop programs provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a highly recreational context. Organizers and families appreciate that the workshops take a wellness approach, and the siblings who attend the workshops appreciate that they're fun and engaging. Highly practical and user-friendly, Sibshops is filled with straightforward instructions, photocopiable forms, more than 100 fun games and activities, and sage guidance on how to start, fund, and run a Sibshop.

Essential for agencies that serve families of children with disabilities, social workers, parent-to-parent programs, early intervention programs, developmental disability councils, child life specialists, and parents, this guidebook offers an inexpensive and easy-to-implement solution to addressing siblings' needs in a way everyone can enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Director of Social Work and Family Support Services, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities - Tom Fish
"A real winner. It is clear, concise, and full of great information. A must read for those interested in serving and supporting siblings of people with special needs of all ages."
Author, Special Siblings: Growing up with Someone with a Disability - Mary McHugh
"The authors have not left out anything that would be useful in starting one of these highly effective play and discussion groups. Written in a lively, informal, easy-to-understand way, this book is excellent."
President, Mount St. Mary's University - Thomas H. Powell
"The premier guide for professionals designing and implementing interactive workshops to help siblings confront the special issues they face . . . This new edition will be a tremendous resource for the profession."
authors of The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family - Paul And Judy Karasik
"Every agency working with families with disability should be running Sibshops. Don Meyer and Patricia Vadasy have worked out the logistics and invented terrific programming that you can tailor to fit your audience. Run a Sibshop. Make a difference."
Vanderbilt University - Ann P. Kaiser
"There is such a great need for positive, engaging ways to support siblings of children with disabilities . . . Sibshops are an innovative strategy for supporting families that has stood the test of time."
Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability, Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas - Ann Turnbull
"I highly recommend this book as a valued resource to enhance sibling quality of life and overall family quality of life—now and for the future."
author of Riding the Bus with My Sister - Rachel SImon
"A most valuable book! Parents, prepare to gain insights that will help you forever. Facilitators, learn not just the hows of running Sibshops, but also the whys."
Respite Supports Manager, Sibshops Facilitator - Jane Wysman
"I gratefully acknowledge and thank Don Meyer for identifying the importance of meeting the needs of some very significant family members." Parenting Special Needs - Terri Mauro
"Upbeat, accessible resource . . . A pleasure to read."
Exceptional Parent
"Parents and teachers will glean valuable insights with or without a Sibshops program."
From the Publisher

"Parents and teachers will glean valuable insights with or without a Sibshops program."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557667830
  • Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 412,876
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Meyer, M.Ed., Director, Sibling Support Project, 6512 23rd Avenue NW, Seattle, Washington 98117

Don Meyer is the director of the Sibling Support Project, a Seattle-based national project dedicated to the lifelong concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns. A sought-after speaker, Don has conducted workshops on sibling issues and trainings on the Sibshop model in all 50 states and in seven countries. He is the editor of The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs (Woodbine House, 2005), Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs (Woodbine House, 1997), and Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability (Woodbine House, 1995). With Patricia Vadasy, Mr. Meyer wrote Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs (University of Washington Press, 1996). His work has been featured on ABC News and National Public Radio and in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Don is married to Terry DeLeonardis, a special education preschool teacher and consultant. They have four children.

Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D., is Senior Researcher at Washington Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, where she conducts research on early reading instruction. She is most interested in research that may help children at risk for reading disabilities and children who are English language learners. Patricia and her colleagues have developed programs that paraeducator tutors can effectively use to supplement reading instruction for beginning readers.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Tom Fish

1. What Are Sibshops?

Who Attends Sibshops?
Who Sponsors Sibshops?
Who Runs Sibshops?
What Is the Optimal Number of Participants in Sibshops?
When Are Sibshops Offered?
How Often Are Sibshops Held?
What Are the Goals of the Sibshop Model?
How Do We Become a Registered Sibshop?

2. Unusual Concerns

Isolation, Loneliness, and Loss
Increased Responsibilities
Pressure to Achieve

3. Information Needs of Siblings

Information Needs According to Age
Avoiding Misconceptions about the Condition
Providing Brothers and Sisters Needed Information
When Siblings Think about the Future
Information at Sibshops
Adult Siblings

4. Unusual Opportunities

Self-Concept and Social Competence
Vocational Opportunities

5. Getting Started

Financial Issues
Times and Dates
Registration and Budget Management

6. Putting It All Together

Awareness and Recruitment Activities
Planning for Your Very First Sibshop
An Annotated Sibshop Schedule
The Activity Planning Form
Evaluating Your Program

7. Introductory and Trickle-In Activities

Group Juggling
Human Bingo
"I Am" Poem*
Favorites I
Favorites II
Strengths and Weaknesses
Two Truths and a Lie*
Instant Replay
Snowball Fight
Go Stand in the Corner!
Sibshop Action Art
The Name Game
True Facts*
The Web
When You're Hot, You're Hot!
M&M Game*

8. Sibshop Discussion and Peer Support Activities

Time Capsules
Dream Pillows*
Discussion Gift*
Dear Aunt Blabby
The M&M Game*
Feelings on a Rope*
Three Wishes*
Wheel of Feelings Beanbag Toss
Same and Different
My Sib & Me
Strengths and Weaknesses, Jr.
Two Bug Activities: That Bugs Me!* and The Love Bug*
Graffiti Wall
Inside/Outside Bags or Masks*
Sibling Slam Book*
Open Discussions

9. Sibshop Recreational and Food Activities

Games—New and Otherwise
Presenting Sibshop Recreational Activities

Altoids Versus Wint-O-Greens!*
Balloon Birdseed Beanbags*
Balloon Duo
Balloon Stomp
Beach Ball Bounce*
Behavior Modification
Blindfold Sort Out*
Blob Tag
Body Part Musical Chairs*
Body Surfing
Dangling Donut Eating Contest

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