Sibshops - Siblings learn about the joys and challenges of having a brother or sister with special needs

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Location: Varies , Cities across Illinois , Illinois

Date: Varies by location; call for specifics.

Sibling Support in Illinois
Aspire Children's Services
Primary Contact: Debby Mayo, Manager of Family Support Services
1815 Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 708-236-0979
Description: Siblings from the age of 5 and older are welcome to participate in activities to meet each other, have fun, share experiences,and learn about the joys and challenges of having a brother or sister with special needs.

JCFS Sibshops
Primary Contact: Tammy Besser
Jewish Child and Family Services
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 773-467-3751 
Sibshop Description: Monthly Sunday afternoon Sibshops at our Northbrook location for siblings ages 5-12; Sibshops can be provided at other locations upon request.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center Sibshops
Primary Contact: Sheila Swann-Guerrero
Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center
3040 N. Wilton
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-296-8127
Sibshop Description: The Advocate Illinois Masonic PDC Sibshop provides siblings (5-18 years) of brothers and sisters with a disability with a host of opportunities, including; Bi-weekly Evening Sibshops, Bi-monthly Saturday Sibshops, Monthly Teen Dinner Club, Summer Mini-Day Camp Sibshops and Family programs for parents and all family members.

Blazing Prairie Stars
47W.635 Beith Rd
Maple Park, IL 60151
Super Sibs at the Farm brings together brothers and sisters of children with special needs to share a unique experience designed just for them. Through games and ground work with horses, siblings learn about horse families as a way to explore their feelings about their own special families. Activities will allow group members to work together cooperatively, play horse games, observe horse communication and dynamics, as well as learn to groom and care for the horses. This group is sponsored by Hoofbeats and Heartbeats.

Communication Clubhouse in Downers Grove
2901 Finely Road, Suite #102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 495-6800
FAX: (630) 495-8200
“Siblings R Special 2!”:
Meet other siblings in a relaxed and fun setting. Being brother or sister to a special needs child can be a joy . . . and a challenge at times, too. In this group, feelings about that relationship can be voiced, recognized and honored. Our group allows siblings to have their own “special” time to address their concerns and to be the center of attention. Siblings share their common experiences, concerns and strategies for coping.

Oakhill Wellness & Counseling Center
Sibtime is a fun, non-threatening supportive experience where children and adolescents come together to have the opportunity to learn about their brother’s/sister’s disability, learn about themselves and share what it is like to have a sib with special needs. We focus on building self-esteem and confidence in each participant.  This informal group is designed to be fun for everyone, so we will provide a range of interactive games, opportunity for discussion, and expression of feelings through various activities. All activities are planned according to age appropriateness.
This group is facilitated by Katherine Kubal, LCSW and Stacey Stewart, LCPC. Both therapists bring years of experience in working with special needs children and their families.
35 S. Washington St., Suite 300, Naperville, IL
(Catch 35 and Century 21 Building)
If you would like more details about the group please call Stacey Stewart, Oakhill Wellness at 630-717-9858, Ext 6 OR view our website at

Options & Advocacy Sibshops
Primary Contact: Cindy Sullivan
Options & Advocacy
365 Millennium Dr., Suite A
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
815-477-4720 x233
Sibshop Description: Suppporting the siblings of those we serve. 

Forever Sibs
Primary Contact: Tony Tzoubris at 888-907-SIBS or
1100 N. River Rd. The Villa
DesPlaines, IL 60016
Sibshop Description: ForeverSibs was founded in 2009 in an effort to acknowledge the siblings of children who are affected by a rare disease/disorder, or autism. The mission of ForeverSibs is to honor and recognize the unique role of brothers and sisters of children with medical and developmental challenges through social support and education, thereby decreasing their anxiety and isolation.
ForeverSibs is a membership based organization that provides resources, support, and gift packages that are sent in the mail to siblings who have a brother or sister with special needs. A parent, extended family member, or other adult may enroll a child in the program on an annual basis for a nominal cost. Membership fees will help defray the cost of these items and will also support the ForeverSibs Vocational Program. This highly structured, supervised program trains teens and young adults with a rare disease, disorder, or autism to participate in a variety of vocational tasks associated with operating the organization.

KSRA Sibshop
Primary Contact: Shannon Vanatta
Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association (KSRA)
1403 Sycamore Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

SPEED 802 Sibshops
Primary Contact: Denise Moore
1125 Division
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
708-481-6100 Ext.3217
Sibshop Description: Sibshops will be provided to SPEED campus as well as our 15 member school districts that SPEED services.

Primary Contact: Jessie Carson
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
2121 W. Indian Trail
Aurora, IL 60506
Sibshop Description: Our Sibshops will use the goals and model specified on the Sibshop website.

Morton District #709 Sibshops
Primary Contact: Jennifer Perez
Morton District #709
1050 S. Fourth
Morton, IL 61550
Sibshop Description: Morton District #709 and Child and Family Connections #14 are coming together to support our area siblings. We would like to provide fun activities, provide a safe environment and foster relationships for siblings in our community.