At Good Shepherd, we believe that the family plays an integral role in a child’s recovery. We are proud to present Sibshops, a support group for the siblings of children with special medical or developmental needs.

What are Sibshops?

Sibshops are lively, three-hour workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs. They are open to children, ages 8 to 13, who have a sibling with a special medical or developmental need.

Sibshops reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer, if they are given a chance. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off-beat and appealing to a wide ability range) and special guests. There are currently more than 200 Sibshops across the United States, Canada and elsewhere.

Sibshops are organized and run by a team of professionals who understand the impact a child’s illness can have on a family and who love working with kids.

Sibshops are held on the second Saturday of each month (no sessions in January or February) , from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, 850 South Fifth Street, Allentown. The cost to attend is $5 per session, per child. Snack is included.

How to register your child for Sibshops at Good Shepherd:

1) Download the registration form and information sheet from this page.

2) Complete the registration form and select the dates for the Sibshops you would like your child to attend. Remember that Sibshops are more like a club than a class, so don’t worry if your child cannot attend every session. And don’t hesitate to register your child for any session, even after the sessions have begun.

3) Save the dates you’ve chosen and mark them on your calendar.

4) Complete the Sibshop information form and sign the release.

5) Send the registration and information forms along with payment to the addresses listed on the bottom of the information form.

Make checks payable to: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

A limited number of scholarships are available. If you would like a scholarship for your child, please indicate so on the registration form.

There are a limited number of spaces available for each Sibshop. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Sibshops at Good Shepherd, contact us or call 610-807-4240.