Employee & Community Health

Sibshops focuses on the needs of siblings

10/20/2016

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SibshopsLogoIf one of your children has special needs or health conditions, now there's a fun, supportive program especially for their siblings. It's called Sibshops, and it's geared toward kids who have a brother or sister with a chronic illness, life-long health concern or disability. The goal of the program is to bring these unique siblings together to express the good and the bad about having a child in the family with special health concerns and provide a day that focuses just on them. 

The Child Life program at Mayo Clinic offers two Sibshops versions - a school-age program for siblings six-13 years old, and a teen edition for siblings 14-18 years old. Events are held a number of times a year, and each one has a unique and fun theme to engage the participants and foster support from their peers. Past themes include: Sibivor, Winter Olympics, Big Top Carnival, Star Party and many others. 

Our next event is Sibshops-Teen Edition on Friday, November 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee on West Circle Drive. The event includes a cooking class, conversation and a meal. Participants must register in advance. To register or for more information, contact the Child Life program at 507-255-4091 or at mayosibshop@mayo.edu.