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Sibshops are workshops for siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations filled with unique games, cooking activities and recreation mixed with information and discussion. Children ages 5 - 12 yrs can enjoy a lively, relaxed event that emphasizes a kid's-eye view of sibling issues. Sibshops are guided by adult facilitators in small, age-appropriate groups.

What do kids say about Sibshops?

"Sibshops are cool. We have lots of fun." --Age 8

"You get to ask questions about stuff and get answers. No one gets mad or laughs at you for asking."--Age 10

"I got to meet other kids like me. It was great."--Age ?

What do parents say about Sibshops?

"For once, I don't feel guilty about my kids feeling left out."

"I like that he's making friends with others who understand what it's like having a family member with autism."

"Sibshops gives my daughter experience explaining about her brother-she gets help finding words from other kids to help people understand. That's something I'm not always able to do."

Click here to download Sibling Activity Booklet


2016 Sibshop Sessions




Sibshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
(Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, etc) 

Please call (715) 221-7419 or (715) 221-8824 to register.

For more program information call:

Hayley Patoka, BS, CCLS, CTRS
Certified Child Life Specialist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic Children's

Kari Bluhm, MS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic Children's




Sibshops for Siblings of Children with Special Medical Needs

(Cystic Fibrosis, Epilepsy, Cancer, Spina Bifida, Diabetes, Crohn's Disease, etc)

Marshfield YMCA 9 am - Noon

For more program information call:

Jaurdon Nelson, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital


Kids Wish Network

Hero of the Month sponsored by Kids Wish Network

Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through programs like the Hero of the Month Club.

The Hero of the Month program was designed to help little heroes who have had to face some of life's unfortunate experiences. These children do not have life threatening illness but rather have had to endure some extremely sad or extraordinary circumstance.


June 2014 Hero of the Month: Faith

Twelve year old Faith was admitted to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital on April 18th, 2014 following the inability to bear weight on her right leg. Faith underwent a joint aspiration at an outside facility and was then transferred by ambulance for further treatment. Faith was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, septic shock, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary emboli which required treatment with multiple line placements (including a PICC line in her arm), x-rays, scans (including MRI and CT) and admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. As part of her treatment, Faith also needed to start injections twice daily which continued at home, along with IV antibiotics through her PICC line. With her determination and the help of her medical team, therapies, and Child Life Specialists, she progressed each and every day. Faith enjoyed playing basketball from her wheelchair, playing games such as Uno, and participating in Pet Therapy visits. Faith is one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet and has demonstrated strength and courage throughout her treatment. Without a doubt, we nominate Faith for June 2014 Hero of the Month!

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