Sibshops

   

Thank you for your interest in Sibshops! This wonderful program provides a comfortable and fun environment to meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs. This program allows children to share the positives and negatives of having a sibling with special needs, as well as providing coping strategies and educational tools to the children so they can learn to adapt to common experiences more easily. At Sibshops, children who have a sibling with special needs play fun, new games and activities that promote team-building, self-awareness, a positive self-image, disability awareness, and discussions about the joys and challenges of having a sibling with special needs.

A common question parents ask is if they are allowed to stay if their child is nervous. Parents are welcome to stay for the first trickle-in activity (which is usually a ball game) until their child is comfortable. Please keep in mind that Sibshops is a time for this child to meet new friends and talk about different issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing if their parent or someone else’s parents are present. If there are any significant concerns we observe, we will communicate this with you. Otherwise, this is a time for this child to focus on themselves and most importantly, to HAVE FUN with other children they can relate to.  

Program Offerings:

This program is offered to 8-13 year olds in the following locations. A snack or lunch is provided. Please contact the Sibshops Coordinator for more information regarding programming for ages 4-7 and 14-17.

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

Baltimore

Meets monthly on Saturdays from 10-2pm for ages 8-13

Meets monthly on Saturdays from 10-12 pm for ages 8-13

Meets monthly on Saturdays from 10-2pm for ages 8-13

Montgomery County

Meets monthly on Sundays from 1-5pm

Meets monthly on Sundays from 1-5pm for ages 8-13

Special Families Unite*

Meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm for ages 6-12

Meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm for ages 6-12

Meets monthly on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm for ages 6-12

* The Special Families Unite group is a support group that is held at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for families of children with special needs. The group meets monthly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm and provides services for the entire family. Parents and/or caregivers meet for a support group, child care is available for children with special needs, and siblings attend Sibshops. A meal is provided for parents and caregivers. Click here for more information.

Registration

If you are interested in having your child participate in our program, please complete the registration form or contact the Sibshops Coordinator to receive a form.  Please email or mail in your completed registration form along with a check with the registration fee (Fees vary by location and/or age group). Scholarships are available upon request.

BALTIMORE DATES
MONTGOMERY COUNTY DATES

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Release forms must be completed prior to the start of each session. Please complete each form and either return it to the Sibshops Coordinator by email/mail or bring the completed form to the first session. Hard copies can be provided upon request.

Additional Information

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to working with you and your child(ren)

Email: sibshops@mwph.org

Phone: 410-578-5169

Mailing Address: Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital

Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Department

Attention: SARAH BEALE/SIBSHOPS

1708 West Rogers Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209