The Children’s Institute is proud to partner with Sibshops, a support group for the siblings of children with special medical or developmental needs and challenges. The Sibshops model takes a wellness approach, providing opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.

Sibshops offer dynamic activities such as games, educational videos, cooking activities, and special guests who may teach participants various skills and share their personal life stories. Workshops are designed to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs, reflecting the organization’s belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another. Sibshops aims to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support.

Sibshops will be held at at The Children’s Institute on the third Saturday of each month from 2:00PM to 4:30PM. The address is 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15217. The cost to attend is $5 per session, per child (recommended ages 7-13 years old). A healthy snack is included.

How to register your child for Sibshops at The Children’s Institute:
1) Download the registration form and information sheet. 
2) Complete the registration form and choose the dates you would like your child to attend. Remember that Sibshops are more like a club than a class, so don’t worry if your child cannot attend every session.
3) Complete the information form and sign the release. Send forms and payment to:
Attn: Rebecca Tyers
711 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Checks can be made payable to: ACHIEVA. Questions about registration can be directed to Rebecca Tyers at 724-288-1365.
Note: There are a limited number of spaces available for each Sibshop. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about Sibshops at The Children’s Institute, please contact Elyse Yacavino at 412-420-2124 or [email protected]

Please visit the Sibshops website for more information. 

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