Penn State Hershey Sibshops help siblings of children with special needs

April 02, 2015

The Child Life Program at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital recently announced Sibshops. These lively, action-packed three-hour workshops celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs and special medical needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs/special medical needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. Brothers and sisters have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance.

The Sibshops model mixes information and discussion activities with special guests and games designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range.

Sibshops are for 6- to 13-year-old brothers and sisters of children who have special needs or special medical needs. The sessions are run by a certified Child Life specialist and a certified recreation therapy specialist, both having a professional understanding of the effect a child’s special needs or chronic medical needs can have on brothers or sisters.

Sibshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at the Children’s Hospital. It is free and lunch is provided.

For more information and to register, call the Child Life Program at 717-531-8366 Option 1 or email childlife@hmc.psu.edu. Space is limited.

Last Updated April 02, 2015