May 2, 2016: “None of my friends had a brother with disabilities…I always felt different,” is a common quote among this group of kids. Few siblings of children with special needs ever have a chance to talk about their issues with others who “get it”, until now. Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) offers a fun, lively upcoming workshop designed especially for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs called Sibshops. During these fun workshops, kids will have a chance to meet other kids and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a developmental disability, learning need, or special medical issue.
Sibshops, open to children from K-6th grade, reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer, if they are given a chance. The Sibshops model mixes information and discussion activities with new and fun games; designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range. Siblings may participate in community and/or site based activities to encourage sharing, laughter and FUN! There are currently more than 200 Sibshops across the United States, Canada and elsewhere. SKSF Sibshops are sponsored by The Arc of the Pikes Peak and organized and run by Julie Hudak-Salvat, LCSW, a credentialed Sibshops Facilitator, along with a team of professionals who love kids and understand the impact a child’s disability or illness can have on a family.
The next SKSF Sibshops Workshop is set for Saturday, May 21st, 2016, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the SKSF facility located at 3450 N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Pre-registration is required in order to participate. Cost is $15 which includes all activity expenses, snack, refreshments and take home item. For additional information contact Julie at 719-375-9285 or Linda at 719-447-8983 x19; firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit SKSFcolorado.org for more information about the Sibshops program.