What are Sibshops @ Open the Lid ?  

Sibshops provide a supportive community for siblings of individuals facing disabilities or chronic illnesses.
We understand the unique experiences and challenges that come with being a sibling of someone with special needs.  We're here to provide a space for connection and support.
Together we share challenges and celebrate joys with siblings in similar situations.
Sibshop sessions are live, 1-1 web-based meet-ups offered once a week for all ages.
At Sibshop our goals are:
  • Provide support and validation for siblings of individuals with special needs
  • Foster a sense of community and belonging through games and activities
  • Educate siblings about disabilities/ chronic illness and promote empathy and understanding
  • Empower siblings to navigate their unique family dynamics with confidence and resilience

“Having a developmentally atypical sibling can be an alienating experience. Sibshops give siblings the space to process the unique experience they have in common: the deep love and joy for their sibling, as well as the frustrations and the less favorable feelings. It affirms and normalizes their experiences, and builds a community of peers who share this rich experience."

-Sibshop Participant Parent  



  • One 50-minute group¬†session per week
  • Four 50-minute group sessions per month
  • Email support for parents


  • Groups available for all ages

  • Classes every Thursday

  • Sibshop group starts on the first Thursday of every month

  • Sign-up a month at a time

  • We're adding new classes¬†each month based on your scheduling needs (let us know!)

Message from the Facilitator

Hello! I'm Celia Robbins. As a professional curriculum writer, certified Sib Shop leader, professional organizer, hoarding coach, and parent of a child with disabilities, I bring a wealth of diverse experiences and expertise to the table.

From a young age, I've been surrounded by the incredible resilience and strength of individuals with disabilities, particularly through my father, who is a paraplegic. Growing up in such an environment ignited my passion for advocating for the rights and inclusion of those with disabilities.

My journey advocating for individuals with disabilities has been deeply intertwined with my experiences working with children. As a mother of four children myself, I understand the importance of providing a nurturing and supportive environment for young minds to thrive. Over the years, I've had the privilege of serving in various organizations dedicated to supporting children, witnessing firsthand the transformative power of compassion and understanding. Volunteering as an aid to children with autism and other mental and physical disabilities has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my journey. Through this experience, I've learned the value of patience, empathy, and genuine connection in helping individuals reach their fullest potential.

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