Sibworks program

The Sibworks program for young primary school aged siblings has been used by providers around Australia and also overseas. It has been evaluated by the University of Adelaide (HERE) and has been included in the Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles.

Siblings of children with disability or chronic illness have particular needs themselves. Some can feel quite isolated. Sibling groups allow these children to come together, have fun, share experiences and learn ways of dealing positively with challenges they face.

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The manual and accompanying participant booklet outline a specific program for young siblings and is based on the collective experiences of the authors (Kate Strohm from Siblings Australia and Dr Monique Nesa from Curtin University) and service providers around Australia, as well as overseas. A short video about the program appears below.

Whilst the program has been primarily devised for siblings aged between 8 and 12 years, it can be adapted for other age groups. The program runs for 6 sessions and has been written in detail to provide maximum benefits for facilitators and participants. This second revised edition provides an additional 2 day format as well as the original 6 weeks format, plus lots more! Also, there is now an updated participant booklet for siblings.

Guidelines are provided (via handouts) for raising parents’ awareness of sibling needs.

If you would like to find out more about or order this program please contact us