Program For Siblings Of Kids With Disabilities

Lisa Croce


Sibshops and Los Alamos Family Strengths Network have partnered to present a four-week, Saturday morning series of Sibshops.

Sibshops is a structured, but energetic and fun workshop-style event for kids who have a sibling with any type of special need, whether developmental, medical or behavioral. Sibshops are designed to be engaging, educational, supportive and simply a blast for children around 8 to 12 years of age.

During the program, the children will celebrate the unique joys they experience as a brother or sister of a person with a special need, as well as share about their challenges.

“It is a joy to watch the bonding and revelations that often occur between the participants,” Sibshops facilitator Lisa Croce said.

Past participants view their experience as positive, sharing comments like, “I didn’t know that so many kids had siblings with disabilities. Sometimes I thought I was the only one in the world…” and “I can’t imagine having a plain old sister.”

All in all Sibshops is set to be a dynamic workshop for the participants. Croce is a certified Sibshops facilitator and a registered nurse who works for the Jemez Valley Public Schools and has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health.

Croce is new to the Los Alamos area and excited to introduce Sibshops to the community. This four-part series is 10:15-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 14 through March 7 at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr., in Pueblo Complex.

To register, visit or call FSN at 505.662.4515. Visit to learn more about Sibshop. FSN is a United Way Community Partner.