Employee & Community Health

Sibshops focuses on the needs of siblings



If 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 Sibshops (ages 6-13) event is Monday, February 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bowlocity Entertainment Center in Rochester (2810 North Broadway). Cost for this event is $10 per person. To register or for more information, contact the Child Life program at 507-255-4091 or at mayosibshop@mayo.edu.