This 8-week program hosted by SEED and presented by Spectrum Strategies offers fun, structured activities and discussions specifically designed for siblings of special needs children. The group will be moderated by experienced mental health facilitators and divided into two separate age groups. Participants can do the full 8 week course or opt to do 4 different weeks of their choosing.
Based on a curriculum known as “Sibshops”, Spectrum Strategies’ classes provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’ point-of-view.
The classes are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs, while acknowledging that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between.
The class model intersperses information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), cooking or craft activities, and special guests who may teach participants mime, how to juggle or, in the case of one guest artist who had cerebral palsy, how to paint by holding a toothbrush in your mouth. Sessions are intended as a fun and rewarding experience, not a sit-in-a-chair-and-articulate-my-feelings intervention. While these workshops are not therapy, their effect can be therapeutic.
The program will be led by Dr. Alissa Scanlin and assisted by one or two MFCC interns who already have a background in counseling and/or working with special needs families.
To sign up for the class, click here.