SIBSPlace© is a free prevention and support program of South Nassau Communities Hospital. The program serves children, ages 5-17, living with a sibling or parent who has cancer or another serious or devastating illness. SIBSPLACE provides support and attention to the unique experience and needs of the well children as they face the issues and conflicts related to the illness of their loved one. Resiliency is fostered through peer support and multi-dimensional activities that encourage expression, self-awareness and the development of coping skills.
SIBSPlace (Survivorship in Brothers and Sisters) is a donor-funded program, and serves a population that has been historically underserved, at no cost to the families. The only program of its kind in the United States, it has served 377 families and 599 children since it was founded in 2000. Serious illness takes its toll on the body, mind and soul of families. How parents and siblings cope with this life altering experience shapes future family dynamics. The reality is when one family member has a devastating illness...the well child suffers too.
Often, families who have a devastatingly ill loved one are too distracted to focus on the needs of the well children. It is a difficult reality for all of the family members. At SIBSPlace we provide a supportive and nurturing environment where children can come together and through play, art and music therapies learn coping skills that will help them lead more effective lives today, and in their future.
For more information click here: southnassau.org/sibsplace/
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