Sibling Group is for brothers and sisters, ages 5-18, of people experiencing diversabilities. Sometimes, siblings become lost among the therapeutic needs of their brother or sister. This group is a special time for siblings to participate in fun activities, learn advocacy strategies and self-care techniques, and engage with other siblings sharing similar experiences. Sibs over 13 years are old are invited to attend as mentors of fellow Sibs.
Sib Group’s mission is to provide a safe, comfortable space for sharing honestly about what it's like to be the sibling of someone experiencing diversabilities. Sib Group envisions a society in which Sibs are acknowledged and honored for who they are and the role they play in complicated family dynamics involving diversabilities.
Siblings engage in themed activities ranging from arts and crafts, to gross motor skills and community-building activities. Amanda Hamer, MS, NCC provides facilitation for this group based on her decades of experience working with children and families as well as her educational and professional experience as a counselor and her experience as a mother of three. Woven into activities is the general theme of what it means to be a Sib.
Saturday sib group
On the first Saturday of every month during the school year, brothers and sisters ages 5-18 who have a sibling experiencing diversabilities, are encouraged to come hang out together! Saturday Sib Group provides a space for Sibs to hang out, share stories, play and create things together. This is a time for siblings to share wisdom and understanding, enjoy fun activities, as well as learn self-care techniques and advocacy strategies. It is a wonderful, special time that is all about Sibs!
summer sib camp
Offered once a year during the summer months, Summer Sib Camp is a 3-day themed experience for Sibs.
2017 - Animal Adventures Camp: animal centered activities including visits to an alpaca farm, the Reptile Zone and the Humane Society of Central Oregon
2016 - Adventure Camp: three days of Central Oregon outdoor adventures
2015 - Art Camp: created own art, field trip to A6 print studio, visit from percussion specialist and local musician Derrick Strange