Interviewee: Mom, Lauren

Daughter: Christina, 8 years old, and her twin brother has autism.

Could you please tell us about your family and your child that attends Sibshops? 

Christina is 8 years old, and her twin brother has autism.

What made you motivated to get your child involved in Sibshops?

Christina expressed sadness and frustration that her brother doesn’t want to/isn’t able to play with her in the same way she sees other siblings playing together. While she is able to recognize and celebrate his strengths, she definitely experiences a great deal of frustration with his challenges (perseverating on his interests...not engaging meaningfully with her...).

What's your favorite part about having your child involved in Sibshops?

It’s important to me that she knows there are other kids out there who have the same challenges she does. I appreciate the weekly re-caps and am impressed with the activities the kids are engaging in. I also want Christina to have a safe space to vent about her frustrations with her brother without fear of being judged.

If someone was unsure about trying out Sibshops, what would you like them to know?

Even though Christina was hesitant at first since it was a completely new group of kids, a new space, and she was the youngest, the welcoming energy of the group allowed her to get acclimated quickly. Since she’s started the program and especially since the weekly virtual offering, I’ve noticed she very rarely expresses the frustrations about her brother that she did before.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I am very grateful for this resource and the positive impact it has had for our family!