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Ann Arbor Clinic for Vision
(734) 665-5310
111 S Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Doctors, Optometry / Behavioral Optometry, Support / Tutoring, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Laura Belz, M.S., TLLP
(810) 231-2815
P.O. Box 650
Lakeland, MI
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Michigan Partners in Policymaking
(800) 890-6084 (Michigan only); (734) 662-1256 (al
1100 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Richard Linsk, MD, PhD, FAAP
(734) 786-3833
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavior Assessment, DAN! Pediatrics, Doctors, Osteopathy, Educational Assessment, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The P.L.A.Y Project
(734) 997-9088
1601 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Doctor Referrals, Doctors, Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Medical, Play Therapy, Research, Research, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Richard Nye
(734) 645-1643
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Camps, Educational Advocacy, Karate, Lindamood Bell, Private School (Integrated), Sports, Support / Tutoring, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
11-12 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Thomas Kabisch, D.O.
(734) 971-5483
2330 E. Stadium #3
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Medical

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Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy
(734) 662-1256
1100 N Main St, Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
(734) 971-0277
2568 Packard Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Other, Residential Facility

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Autism Communication Disorders Center
(734) 936-8600
University of Michigan, 111 East Catherine
Ann Arbor, MI
Support Services
Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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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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