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Sibshop offers program for siblings of children with special needs

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 5:43 p.m. CDT

LAMOILLE — Brothers and sisters of children with special needs from Bureau, LaSalle and Lee counties now have a program that’s just for them called Sibshops.

At Sibshops, they’ll have a chance to meet other children whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability. Most important, they’ll have fun!

The first Sibshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at LaMoille High School. This Sibshop is cosponsored by LaMoille Community Unit School District. The cost is $5 which includes lunch and lots of fun activities.

Brothers and sisters will have the longest-lasting relationship with a sibling who has special needs – one that can easily exceed 65 years. During their lives, they will experience most of the unique concerns and joys their parents do. But few siblings of children with special needs ever have a chance to talk about their issues with others who “get it” – until now.

Register in advance by contacting Carol Darveau at LaMoille High School, 815-638-2144 or c_darveau@hotmail.com.

In addition to receiving peer support, Sibshop participants will play lively “new games,” learn about their siblings’ special needs and the services they receive, participate in cooking and craft activities, and make new friends. Sibshops are a spirited celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters.

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