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Edinboro University’s Porreco College to host day camp for siblings of children with special needs

06/24/2014

Children ages 8-13 who have a sibling with a special need can connect with other youngsters in similar situations this summer through the Sibshops Day Camp presented by the Edinboro University Department of Early Childhood and Reading.

The camp’s mix of fun games, recreation, and meaningful discussions and activities will be offered July 27 through Aug. 1 on the beautiful campus of Porreco College, 2951 W. 38th St. in Millcreek Township.

A meet-and-greet for families and the camp staff will be held Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. Children can be dropped off at the camp Monday through Friday between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and picked up between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Sibshops programs, which are offered internationally, provide unique peer support and education within a lively and safe environment. 

“Siblings have the longest-lasting relationship with the person with special needs in their family. However, when a family has a child with a special need, most of the family’s energy, time and focus tend to be on that child,” said Karen Lindeman, Ph.D., of the EU Education faculty. “Sibshops provide a special place for siblings to go where they are special and can spend time with peers and professionals.”

Although Sibshops are not “therapy,” they are therapeutic in a way that emphasizes the child’s-eye view. The curriculum is based on learning theories that require children’s basic social and emotional needs to be met so that they can be successful in school and the world.

The Sibshops Day Camp at Porreco College will be led by Lindeman and Erik Bentsen, Ph.D., also of the EU Education faculty, along with Edinboro students studying early childhood and special education.

The cost of the five-session day camp is $165, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

Visit www.edinboro.edu/camps to register for Sibshops Day Camp and get information about Edinboro University’s additional academic summer camps. Registration also can be made by calling (814) 732-1738.