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STAR Hosts Sibshop For Siblings Of Those For Special Needs In Norwalk

STAR will host a Sibshop for siblings of those with special needs in Norwalk on March 4.
STAR will host a Sibshop for siblings of those with special needs in Norwalk on March 4. Photo Credit: contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Siblings of those with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities between the ages of 7 and 13 are invited to attend and participate in Sibshops, a special program that encourages the very special role of the sibling in the life of a child with special needs. The next workshop will be Friday, March 4.

Sibshops provide activities and bonding experiences for kids -- many of whom are destined to take on caretaking or other additional responsibilities in the life of a sibling with special needs. Sibshops are strategically designed to encourage, foster and recognize the special role of the sibling before he or she reaches adolescence, often resulting in a much closer lifetime bond between the two.

The next workshop will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for young people ages 8-13 who have a sibling with a disability or special needs at STAR, at 182 Wolfpit Ave., in Norwalk. The workshop is $30 and includes dinner and all materials.

"We are proud to offer the Sibshop program to the community, and so gratified to see this program has attained popularity among siblings of some of our STAR participants as well as some other siblings from surrounding communities," said Linda Snell, director of STAR's Family Services. "It is wonderful to see the brothers and sisters of those with developmental disabilities take on the leadership and awareness of their special relationship, further helping to strengthen their sibling relationship, and also the family."

For information about Sibshops, email Snell at lsnell@starinconline.com or call 203-354-0142.

STAR is a nonprofit organization established in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy.

It informs and encourages the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. STAR serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston. For more information about STAR, visit its website.

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