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Sibshops -- Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs -- Revised Edition By Don Meyer, M.Ed., & Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.

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"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." —Tom Fish, Ph.D., Co-founder, Director of Social Work and Family Support Services, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities

"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." —Mary McHugh, Author, Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability

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.

Table of Contents



About the Authors
Foreword
Tom Fish
Preface
Acknowledgments

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

Overidentification
Embarrassment
Guilt
Isolation, Loneliness, and Loss
Resentment
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

Maturity
Self-Concept and Social Competence
Insight
Tolerance
Pride
Vocational Opportunities
Advocacy
Loyalty
Conclusion

5. Getting Started

Cosponsors
Participants
Financial Issues
Facilitators
Location
Times and Dates
Publicity
Registration and Budget Management
Conclusion

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
Conclusion

7. Introductory and Trickle-In Activities

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

8. Sibshop Discussion and Peer Support Activities

Time Capsules
Moccasins
Sound-Off
Tanabata*
Dream Pillows*
Superheroes*
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
Conclusion

9. Sibshop Recreational and Food Activities

Games—New and Otherwise
Presenting Sibshop Recreational Activities

Airport*
Altoids Versus Wint-O-Greens!*
Backlash
Balloon Birdseed Beanbags*
Balloon Duo
Balloon Stomp
Beach Ball Bounce*
Behavior Modification
Blindfold Sort Out*
Blob Tag
Body Part Musical Chairs*
Body Surfing
Caterpillar
Centipede
Commons
Dangling Donut Eating Contest
Dot's Dot
Do You Want to Buy a Duck?*
Fingerprint Pictures
Fox and Chickens*
Hog Call
Hug Tag
Human Pinball
Human Spring
Instant Replay
Islands
Keep the Balloon in the Air*
The Lap Game
Last Details
Last Kid Standing*
Lean-Two
Mime Rhyme
Mouse Trap
Muscle Beach*
Mutual Monsters
Mummy*
Nose Toes
Pass the Orange
Prui
Psychic Shake
Pushpin Soccer
Red-Handed
Scrabble Scramble
Sightless Sculpture
Snowball Fight*
Stand-Off
Stand Up
Tag-O-Rama
That's a Wrap!*
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles*
Triangle Tag
Tug of War
Ultimate Nerf
Undercover Leaders
Vampire
Whispers!*
Wind in the Willow

Sample Sibshop Food Activities
Conclusion

10. Information Activities, Guest Speakers, and Special Events

Written Sources of Information
Sibshops as Information Sources

11. Workshops on Sibling Issues for Parents and Service Providers

Sibling Panels
A Workshop on Sibling Issues
Informal Discussions for Parents of Sibshop Participants
Other Resources for Parents and Service Providers

References

Appendix A: The Sibshops Standards of Practice
Appendix B: Books for Young Readers on Siblings and Disability Issues
Appendix C: A Brief Description of the Sibshop Model
Appendix D: What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know
Appendix E: Sample Sibshop Registration Form
Appendix F: Dear Aunt Blabby Letters

Index

* Denotes a new activity or game

 

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