Sibshops are for siblings age 7-12 who know a little about Down syndrome, but could use some healthy interaction with other siblings and have the opportunity to talk about their concerns in a natural - FUN - environment. Kids eat during Sibshops and are ready to swim at the Family Swim Party which follows!

Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support. Because they are designed for school-age children, peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids-eye view.

Sibshop goals

  • Provide brothers and sisters of children with special needs and opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
  • Provide brothers and sisters with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings of children with special needs.
  • Provide brothers and sisters with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs.
  • Provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their brother’s and sister’s special needs.
Why does my friend with Down Syndrome act differently than other kids?

People with Down syndrome have difficulty with language and talking.  Many kids want to interact and play with their friends, but don't know how, are afraid they won't be understood, or afraid they will be told "no, you can't play". Some kids with Down syndrome get overwhelmed when too many things are going on at the same time.

Do people with Down syndrome grow up?

Yes. In adulthood, many people with Down syndrome have jobs, go to college, live independently, and support their communities. People with Down syndrome bring to their jobs enthusiasm, reliability, and dedication.