Often the focus of exceptional families can be on the child dealing with a disability. But how do parents support the special needs child’s siblings, who are often lost in the shuffle? Local mom and Lucas County Parent Mentor Wendy Smenner experienced those challenges with her own children, Wesley and Conor, firsthand. She was inspired to bring support group Sibshops to the area. Sibshops aims to provide a safe space for siblings of children with disabilities to talk, connect and have fun with other kids who understand their circumstances. Children can gather for fun games and hands-on cooking activities, and take a break from their regular routines under the guidance of professionals who “understand the impact a child’s special needs can have on brothers and sisters.” Sibshops is open to children from 8 to 14 and meets one Saturday a month from 10am-1pm at the Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood Rd. Future meetings are January 5, February 9 and March 2.
For more information or to register (space is limited), contact Wendy at 419-471-0384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. —AO