Shipshop is a support group/workshop for children aged 8-13 whom have siblings with special needs, and in our case, with a special focus on adoption. This model is used in various countries as an engaging support group where siblings can share their stories, give and receive support, and just have fun with other children who can relate.
The goals of Sibshop are as follows:
Goal 1: Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
Goal 2: Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
Goal 3: Sibshops will provide brothers and sisters with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs.
Goal 4: Sibshops will provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their brothers’ and sisters’ special needs.
Goal 5: Sibshops will provide parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.