Youth Sibshop

St. John Lutheran Church
(Northwest Corner of the church off Lincoln)
1225 Lincoln Ave. S.
Owatonna, MN

Every 2nd Thursday Oct.- May

Although we encourage SIBSHOP participants to attend each month, we understand that many have busy schedules and conflicts may come up. We hope that parents will understand the benefits of participating if even for a few sessions and register for the upcoming season.

Welcome to Sibshop

A Sibling Support Program


YOUTH SIBSHOP is a support program designed for children first through fifth grade who have siblings with special needs. SIBSHOPS are a lively mixture of new games, crafts, discussion about sibling issues, and making friends.  Kids should be ready for action!

At Sibshop, kids will

• have opportunities to obtain peer support and education within a recreational setting.

• have chances to discuss common joys and concerns with other siblings.

• have the opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs..

• have fun!

PDF Registration Form

Informational flyer in Spanish (Español)

Teen Sibshop

We are starting a Teen Sibshop for 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders this year!

We are excited to offer siblings an opportunity to meet other teens with similar situations where they can share their thoughts and feelings. We plan to do this in a fun, relaxed setting.

Dates and times will not be determined until we hear from you!


Laurie Running is Director of Advocates for Developmental Disabilities and mother of a young adult with special needs. She can be reached at 507-451-9769.

Wendy Reller is the President of Advocates for Developmental Disabilities and the Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator for Owatonna Park and Recreation. She can be reached at 507-774-7360.


SibShop Testimonials

"We love Sibshop because we discuss our problems, it’s fun because we meet new friends, we play games, we have a snack and talk about our brothers and sisters disabilities. Sometimes guest speakers come and we make neat crafts. After we are finished with the crafts we will take them home. We are lucky because we do not have disabilities, but we feel bad for the people who do because sometimes they can’t control it. We love Sibshop because we get time away from siblings and it’s AWESOME! It’s a great Opportunity for kids that have siblings with disabilities that are reading this to come to Sibshop." –Shanyna (4th Grade) & Anna (5th Grade)

"I’m emailing you to let you know how much my daughter loves coming to SibShop. She has a hard time understanding her brother and sometimes gets more upset with him than usual. Once she attends the SibShop she is more understanding. I believe it helps her to understand that there are other children that have siblings just like her and that our family is normal. It has been a big help for her. She is so...excited when I tell her she has her Sib Shop" –CW (Medford)

My oldest son was in SibShop from first through ninth grade. He really understands his brother with disabilities and other children in the community and school setting with disabilities. He realizes he is not alone, other people are dealing with similar issues and harder issues. As my oldest son has grown, I am amazed at how well he can help his brother through a temper tantrum, and how his brother will listen to him. He plays wonderfully with him and knows how to keep him calm and in control. I really believe sibshop has been the one who taught him these skills. Sibshop has provided a place to make new friends. My oldest son is comfortable and willing to share ideas on topics for future sibshop sessions. He is quiet so this tells me he likes to be there and does feel welcome. Owatonna has been so lucky to have a program for siblings. They are the ones who can easily be left out without support or someone to talk to about their feelings. –MH (Owatonna)

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