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Sibshop of Harford County

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Contact Information

Partners For Success Resource Center

1824 Mountain Road

Joppa MD 21085

(Harford County)

(410) 578-5169 (Main Phone)

Dolly Magsino, Clinical Child Life Specialist

Website:  http://www.siblingsupport.org

Organization Type

Not For Profit

Service Description

Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support. Because Sibshops are designed (primarily) for school-age children, peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view.
Sibshops are not therapy, group or otherwise, although their effect may be therapeutic for some children. Sibshops acknowledge that most brothers and sisters of people with special needs, like their parents, are doing well, despite the challenges of an illness or disability. Consequently, while Sibshop facilitators always keep an eye open for participants who may need additional services, the Sibshop model takes a wellness approach.
Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-sogood thing, and for many somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another--if they are given a chance. The Sibshop model intersperses information and discussion activities with new games, cooking activities, and special guests who may teach participants mime, how to juggle or, in the case of one guest artist who has cerebral palsy, how to paint by holding a toothbrush in your mouth. Sibshops are as fun and rewarding for the people who host them as they are for the participants.

Program Information

Eligibility requirements:
Children ages 4-7 and 8-13 who have a sibling with special needs
Area served:
Harford County

Types of Service(s) Offered

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