Project Description

Sibling Support & Sibshops

Sibshops Kindering Bellevue & Bothell

Sibshops are lively, action-packed, three-hour workshops that provide support and guidance to typically-developing siblings of children with special needs. Celebrating the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs, the Sibshop model mixes information with fun to promote connecting with others that share their unique experience through discussion and activities such as games, art, music, cooking and more. Sibshops is designed as a special space and time for siblings to share, relax, and have fun together. While trying something new can be exciting, we also understand that new participants can feel nervous or unsure. Parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to drop participants off at the beginning and end of Sibshops; however, if needed, they are welcome to stay (either in the building or nearby) until their child is comfortable participating independently at Sibshops.

Who

1st – 6th grade typically developing siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops are facilitated by staff and supported by extraordinary volunteers. If you are 16 years of age or older (sibling experience not necessary, but helpful) and interested in joining our team as a volunteer, or if you have questions about this program for your child, please email us at sibshops@kindering.org.

When & Where

Kindering is pleased to offer Sibshops at the Bothell, Bellevue, and Renton locations. Participants are welcome to attend any of the Sibshops that work with their schedule each month, whether or they have attended a Sibshops at that location before. Sibshops are more like a club than a class…don’t worry if your child can’t attend every Sibshop during the school year, we’re happy to see them whenever they’re available to join! Sibshops will be hosted at the following locations/times:

Bellevue Bothell Renton
Kindering
16120 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98008
(Behind the Crossroads fire station)
COMING SOON!
Meadow Crest Early Learning Center
1800 Index Ave NE
Renton, WA 98056
3rd Friday each month
September 2018 – June 2019
2nd Thursday each month
October 2018 – June 2019
(except April 2019, 3rd Thursday due to spring break)
4:30-7:30pm 4:30-7:30pm

Cost

Sibshops are $30 per session, per child. This includes dinner. Scholarship funds may be available upon request.

Registration

  • Step 1: Sign up for each session online by filling out the Sibshops Registration Form (Please note that each monthly workshop must be registered for separately using this form)

Please note: Although we make every attempt to accommodate everyone who registers, we do have a limited number of spaces (16) for Sibshops. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and confirmed via e-mail. In the event that we do not have enough children registered for a group, Sibshops will be cancelled for that month.

Questions? Please contact Rosanne Carter  at (425) 984-2623 or email the Sibshops team at sibshops@kindering.org