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Alaska Autism Resource Center
(866) 301-7372
3501 Denali Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Doctor Referrals, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Governors Council on Disabilities & Special Education
(888) 269-8990 (toll free) or (907) 269-8990 (from
3601 C Street, Suite 740, PO Box 240249 (mailing address)
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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AKs Autism Intensive Early Intervention Project
(907) 276-4192
Resource Center
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool

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OT for Children
(907) 562-4550
4048 Laurel St., Ste 303
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Disability Law Center of Alaska
(800) 478-1234 in AK
3330 Arctic Boulevard
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Governors Council on Disabilities and Special Education
(907) 269-8990
P.O. Box 240249
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (Anchorage)
(907) 269-8990
PO Box 240249
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Robert Rowen, M.D.
(907) 344-7775
615 E. 82nd Ave.
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development UAP
(907) 272-8270
2702 Gambell Street, Ste. 103
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Protection and Advocacy Agency (Anchorage)
(907) 344-1002
Disability Law Center of Alaska
Anchorage, AK
Support Services
Other

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12 important needs of siblings and tips to address these needs

12 important needs of siblings and tips to address these needs

ASA

1. SIBLINGS NEED COMMUNICATION THAT IS OPEN, HONEST, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, AND ONGOING. Parents may need to deal with their own thoughts and feelings before they can effectively share information with siblings. Children may show their stress through their withdrawal or through inappropriate behaviors. Siblings may be reluctant to ask questions due to not knowing what to ask or out of fear of hurting the parent. While doing research on siblings, Sandra Harris found that developmentally appropriate information can buffer the negative effects of a potentially stressful event (Harris, 1994).

2. SIBLINGS NEED DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE AND ONGOING INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR SIBLINGS’ ASD. Anxiety is most frequently the result of lack of information. Without information about a siblings’ disability, younger children may worry about “catching” the disability and/or whether they caused it. The young child will only be able to understand specific traits that they can see,
like the fact that the sibling does not talk or likes to line up their toys.

3. SIBLINGS NEED PARENTAL ATTENTION THAT IS CONSISTENT, INDIVIDUALIZED, AND CELEBRATES THEIR UNIQUENESS. Many families make a major effort to praise and reward the child with the disability for each step of progress. This same effort should be considered for the siblings. Self-esteem is tied to this positive recognition by parents. Remember to celebrate everyone’s achievements as special.

4. SIBLINGS NEED TIME WITH A PARENT THAT IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THEM. SCHEDULE SPECIAL TIME WITH THE SIBLING ON A REGULAR BASIS. Time with the sibling can be done in various ways such as a 10 minute activity before bed or a longer period several times a week. The important thing is to schedule specific c “alone” time with a parent that siblings can count on.

5. SIBLINGS NEED TO LEARN INTERACTION SKILLS WITH THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER WITH ASD. Sandra Harris & Beth Glasberg (2003) offer guidelines for teaching siblings play skills to interact successfully with their brother or sister with ASD. Go slow and praise the sibling. Toys and activities should be age appropriate, hold both children’s interest and require interaction. Teach siblings to give instructions as well as prompts and praise to their brother or sister (Harris & Glasberg, 2003).

6. SIBLINGS NEED CHOICES ABOUT HOW INVOLVED THEY ARE WITH THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER. Be reasonable in your expectations of siblings. Most siblings are given some responsibility for their brother or sister with a disability. Show siblings you respect their need for private time and space.

7.SIBLINGS NEED TO FEEL THAT THEY AND THEIR BELONGINGS ARE SAFE FROM THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER WITH AUTISM. Some children with ASD can be destructive and hard to redirect. They can also be quick to push, bite, or engage in other challenging behaviors with the sibling as a target. Siblings must be taugh...

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