We are now accepting applications for the March 2014 session.
The Kinney Center offers Sibshops for siblings of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program is offered to the brothers and sisters, ages 6 to 12, of children with ASDs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. Siblings are able to connect with peers and share common experiences, all while having fun! Please visit The Sibling Support Project website to learn more about the Sibshop curriculum.
The Sibshops hosted by the Kinney Center are facilitated by a Masters Level Social Worker with the assistance of the Kinney SCHOLARS, who are trained and supervised by a certified behavior analyst and a licensed psychologist.
The Sibshops meet one Friday night each month* for three hours. The program runs concurrently with the Kids Night Out program to provide parents with an opportunity to enjoy a night out without worrying about their child with autism and their siblings.
|6:00 PM - 6:15 PM||Arrival/Check-In|
|6:15 PM - 6:30 PM||Ice Breaker|
|6:30 PM - 7:15 PM||Feelings Activity/Discussion|
|7:15 PM - 7:45 PM||Group Activity/Snack Preparation|
|7:45 PM - 8:00 PM||Snack|
|8:00 PM - 8:30 PM||Interactive Activity/Group Game|
|8:30 PM - 8:50 PM||Show and Tell|
|8:50 PM - 9:00 PM||Return Participants to Parent Pick Up Location|
Due to the educational component of the Kinney Center, at various times, students enrolled in the autism minor or certificate program will be observing Kinney Center programs as part of their coursework.
In the case of inclement weather where a program must be canceled, sessions will not be made up due to time and space restrictions.
Please note that this program can accommodate only a limited number of participants. The program fee of $40.00 per child must be paid two weeks prior to the program date to guarantee placement. The Kinney Center offers a "sibling discount" to families with more than one child enrolled in the same program or concurrent programs (e.g. Kids Night Out and Sibshops).
*Sibshops do not take place in the months of December, January, and August due to Saint Joseph's University scheduling.
*On the evening of the Sibshop program, please drop off your child promptly at 6:00 PM. Please visit the Directions page for directions to the drop-off/pick-up parking lot. The program is held in the Kinney Center, which is located in Connelly Hall room 250. There will be Kinney Center staff directing program participants where to go. The program ends promptly at 9:00 PM.
Snacks will be provided.