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The Autism Angel Center
(706) 215-1953
P.O. Box 7425
Athens, GA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Other, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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North East Georgia Chapter-Autism Society of America
(706) 208-0066
P.O. Box 48366
Athens, GA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Speech and Hearing
706- 613-0144, 800-226-4742
PO Box 6708
Athens, GA
Support Services
Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Emory Autism Resource Center
(404) 727-8350
1551 Shoup Court
Atlanta, GA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Medical, Private School (Integrated), Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Nicole Scott
(770) 346-5378
Alpharetta, GA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Institute on Human Development and Disability AUCD
(706) 542-3457
The University of Georgia
athens, GA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Northeast Georgia Chapter ASA
(706) 208-0066
PO Box 48366
Athens, GA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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INTROPACES (Introducing Parents of Autistic Children Encouraging Services and support)
(770) 307-3864
948 Century Oak Drive
Winder, GA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Kelly Robinson
(404) 446-6196
3217 Summer Stream Lane
Kennesaw, GA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Working The Puzzle, LLC
(678) 395-6737
12460 Crabapple Rd. Ste 202-149
Alpharetta, GA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Music Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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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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