Children Programs

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We offer Sibshops to children ages 8 - 13 who have brothers or sisters with any special needs (not only deafness), meeting every 6 weeks. We also offer Teen Sibshops for those kids who have "aged out" of the traditional Sibshop program. RSVP Required - contact Tina!

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We offer Sibshops to children ages 8 - 13 who have brothers or sisters with any special needs (not only deafness), meeting every 8 weeks. We also offer Teen Sibshops for those kids who have "aged out" of the traditional Sibshop program. Pre-registration is required - contact Tina.

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Super HERO Sibshop - A program just for brothers and sisters (8-13 years old) of kids with special needs. Food, games and fun! 

Cost: $5.00 per child (a limited number of scholarships are available)

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Who: Brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

Ages: 6-12 years

What: Sibshops are best described as opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. Sibshops intersperse information and discussion activities with games that are unique and up-beat. Sibshops give siblings a chance to share, have fun, build friendships and find support!

How Much: $10 per child per Sibshop session.  A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Sibshops are best described as opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. Sibshops intersperse information and discussion activities with games that are unique and up-beat. The program gives siblings a chance to share, have fun, build friendships and find support. Sibshop reflects the Boling Center's commitment to families by focusing on the well-being of the family member most likely to have the longest lasting relationship with the person with special needs. For more information about this program and/or to sign up your child for a Sibshop event, please read and complete the Sibshop Registration Form below. The project is currently sponsored by the Harwood Center, Inc., Hope Presbyterian Church and the UT Boling Center. Sibshops were developed by Don Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project and creator of the Sibshop model.

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In the winter months the group will meet at the address provided but during the warmer months they will meet at various parks. Make sure to get added to the email list to know which park the group is meeting at. 

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Lunch provided and a fun craft for the kids while parents socialize. 

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There will be a brief meeting from 11-12 and the Easter Party will begin at noon.  Easter costumes can be worn if you want to.  

Admissions:  Adults who bring food: $5; Adults who don't bring food: $7; Visitors: $3; Kids 11 and under are free. 

There will be games!

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We'll provide lunch and a fun activity for the kids.  This is a great opportunity for parents to connect with other parents and for professionals to strengthen their relationships with families.

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The meeting will be in the second floor large classroom. We will elect officers and organize future meeting dates and events, so please come ready with ideas!

Childcare available at the Achieve Center - Please RSVP to Marty at achievecenter@comcast.net if you need childcare.