Sibling Support Groups 

Sibshops are fun-filled days for brothers and sisters of children with special needs.  The day includes a variety of enjoyable and high-energy games and activities and opportunities to chat about what it’s like living with a brother or sister with special needs.  The recommended age group for attending Sibshops is 8-13 years though teenager. 

Sibshops were originally developed by Don Meyer over 25 years ago when he identified a need for peer support and information opportunities for siblings of children with special needs and to increase parents and service providers understanding of sibling issues.  The first Sibshop was held in Seattle Washington in 1982.  

In 1998 three members of Coaction staff attended training with Don Meyer and CoAction Sibshops have been running for the last 14 years!  Since the development of CoAction ASD services this team have also provided Sibshops twice a year to siblings of children with ASD.   Feedback from the children themselves and their families continues to be very positive.  
Since the development of the West Cork Child Development Services in January 2013 Sibling Support Groups have been offered to all families attending the services.  Our first WCCDS sibshop was held on the 2nd July and a fun and energetic day was had by all!!  We plan to continue to offer sibling support groups each year.

If you would like any further information on Sibshops please contact Sharon Hanna, Head of Psychology, Monday to Wednesday on 023 8890305.    There is also a leaflet which was produced by the Psychology team called ‘Parent information on Sibling Support –What it is like to have a brother or sister with special needs?’ Please let us know if you’d like a copy.