Autism Society of Greater Tucson Presents Sibshop Training Workshop by Don Meyer
bshop Training, Day One: Brothers and Sisters of People with Special Needs: Unique Concerns, Unique Opportunities. This core workshop uses a lively large-group discussion format to help participants learn about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs. During this workshop, participants share what they have observed in their families or the families they serve. Participants also learn what researchers, clinicians, and siblings themselves say about growing up with siblings who have special needs. Implications for parents and service providers will be discussed throughout the workshop. A Panel of Brothers and Sisters. One of the best ways to learn about sibling issues is to listen to the “real experts.” During this workshop, Don Meyer will moderate a panel of local adult brothers and sisters who will discuss life with siblings who have special needs. We’ll cover it all: the good parts, the not-so-good parts, and everything in-between. Along the way, panelists will offer suggestions to parents and providers. Sibshops: Getting Started Sibshops are kid-friendly workshops as rewarding to run as they are to attend. During this workshop, participants will learn the logistics of planning and implementing a local Sibshop for school-age brothers and sisters. We’ll review considerations including: collaborating with other agencies, defining the population you wish to serve, identifying financial resources, characteristics of good Sibshop facilitators, finding a place to hold your Sibshop, how frequently to conduct your Sibshop, and getting the word out to parents and providers. We’ll also discuss Sibshop goals and the recreational, discussion, and educational activities these goals suggest. Finally, we’ll sample an activity or two! Sibshop Training, Day Two: Demonstration Sibshop Participating in this workshop is the very best way to learn about what Sibshops are all about. During the Demonstration Sibshop, participants will put on their jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for up to 12, 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and know-how they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own first Sibshop. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Interested in having your 8-13 year old typically developing siblings of children with special developmental, health, or mental health concerns attend the Demonstration Sibshop on Saturday September 28 from 10-2. This is a fun event specifically for Siblings. Registration for the workshop is required – NO siblings will be admitted without prior registration. Children must be picked up promptly at 2:00.
University of Arizona History Roy Place Building
44 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701