Sibshops at CHOP

Sibshops is held six Saturdays a year for siblings in first to eighth grades. It is a fun and rewarding program for brothers and sisters of children with special health or developmental needs to gain peer support and education through facilitator led discussions, activities and games.

A larger group is broken into two smaller groups — one for grades first to fourth and an older group of fifth to eighth graders. This allows for each session to focus on an age appropriate theme, such as feelings, friends, self-esteem, bullying or other topics related to being a sibling. This program fosters positive relationships between brothers and sisters, teaches coping strategies, and develops supportive friendships.

Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in adult support groups that are facilitated by the Sibshops social work team. These groups run simultaneously with the children’s groups and focus on helping parents to cope with the challenges of meeting the needs of all of their children.

Learn more about sibshops

If you are interested in learning more about sibshops and have a sibling in first to fourth grade, please email brothersandsisters@email.chop.edu.

If you are interested in learning more about sibshops and have a sibling in fifth to eighth grade, please email brothersandsisters2@email.chop.edu.

We also offer Teen Sibshops for siblings ages 14-18 years. Teen Sibshops focuses on self-esteem building, peer connections, and topics related to being a sibling through activities and special outings. This group currently meets six times a year. If you are interested in learning more about sibshops and have a sibling in ninth to 12th grade who would benefit from peer support, please email teensibs@email.chop.edu.