Thursday, March 19, 2009

Support for non-disabled siblings

Support for non-disabled siblings - 3/19/09 - Chicago News -

"March 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Having a sibling with a disability is not always easy. Many need a support network to share their experiences.

It's bowling night for teens from Illinois Masonic hospital's Sibshop.

'It's really about enjoying each other 's company, celebrating the good things as well as maybe talking bout some of the difficult things that come about when you have a brother or a sister with a disability,' said Coordinator Sheila Swann Guerrero.

Guerrero says Sibshops has been a supportive network for non-disabled siblings for 20 years.

'They might not get the same amount of time with their parents as they would like to have, and often in our sib groups, giving children the opportunity to express that and then hear that other brothers an sisters are experiencing the same thing kind of gives them the green light that it's ok.'

Sixteen-year-old John Dahlstrom has been involved with Sibshop for many years. His older sister has Williams syndrome."

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