Sibshops – Providing Sibling Support
LittleStar ABA Therapy is excited to offer Sibshops for children and young adults ages 6 – 18 years old who have a brother or sister with developmental disabilities.
Sibshops provide an opportunity for siblings to form a community and share experiences in a relaxed, recreational setting. Participants meet other sibs, have fun, laugh, talk about their experiences, play games and learn about the services their siblings receive.
The program mixes fast-paced recreational activities with information and discussion activities. We shine the spotlight on siblings, encouraging them to interact with and support their peers while learning ways to deal with any challenges they may face.
The goals of Sibshops are:
- To provide children and young adults who have a sibling with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.
- To provide siblings with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings.
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of brothers and sisters with special needs.
- To provide siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their sibling’s special needs.
- To provide parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.
Can my child attend even if their sibling does not attend LittleStar?
Absolutely! We welcome all siblings.
Can my child attend if their sibling has aged out of services or does not currently receive services?
Yes! The only requirement is that they are a sibling.
Does their sibling have to have autism?
No, they can attend if their sibling has any developmental disability!
Sibshops are being offered at each LittleStar location starting in January. They will be held once a quarter on a Saturday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (local time). The cost is $35 for the first sibling and $25 for each additional sibling in the family. If you are interested, please complete this form. We will contact you with workshop and registration details.
Meet our Staff
Jennifer Baker, MA, BCBA
Psychological Services Director
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with 9 years of experience in the field working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. Jennifer oversees our initial assessments for ABA treatment, social skills groups for all ages, and parent training webinars at LittleStar. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University and completed her master’s program at Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Jennifer’s background is in community-based services where she consulted with teachers and school faculty across the Indianapolis area to facilitate successful transitions for LittleStar learners to school and community settings. Her clinical interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, social skills training, group and classroom-based interventions, and the fusion of acceptance and commitment therapy with applied behavior analysis. She is a passionate human rights advocate who believes in every learner’s right to live a happy, safe, and independent life.