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Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
(216) 241-8230
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Activities, Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Job Coach, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, 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

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Precise Speech-Language and Learning Inc.
(440) 937-9772
35236 Riegelsberger Rd.
Avon, OH
Support Services
Camps, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc.
(440) 250-0091
30628 Detroit Road #103
Westlake, OH
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Music Therapy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism
(440) 377-0029
1433 W. Bagley Rd. Suite 400
Berea, OH
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Sherri Tenpenny, D.O.
(440) 239-3438
OsteoMed II
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical, Nutritional Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Premier Music Therapy Services, LLC
(440) 221-4497
132 Beck Road
Avon Lake, OH
Support Services
Other, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Derrick Lonsdale, M.D.
(440) 835-0104
24700 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention

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Nurses By Net
(216) 671-9719
12026 Milligan Ave
Cleveland, OH
Support Services
Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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North Central Ohio Chapter-Autism Society of America
(440) 213-8009
P.O. Box 721
Columbia Station, OH
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Adult

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OsteoMed II
(440) 239-3438
7271 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, OH
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Products/Stores, Training/Seminars
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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