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Shoshana Shamberg OTR/L, MS
(410) 358-7269
2219 York Rd.
Timonium, MD
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Independent Living Centers, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars, Vision Therapy, Vocational Rehabilitation Centers
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Heather Partanen
(443) 758-4150
Reisterstown, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, RDI, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Queens Mobile Education Tutoring Services, Inc.
(410) 258-4712
One East Chase Street
Baltimore, MD
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Other, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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William Waldman, M.D.
(410) 235-1601
1 East University Parkway
Baltimore, MD
Support Services
Medical
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Client Assistance Program of MD
(410) 554-9358; (800) 638-6243
Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Baltimore, MD
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Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Shafer Center for Early Intervention
(410) 517-1113
3738 Butler Rd.
Reisterstown, MD
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Education, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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LINC: Learning Independence Through Computers
(410) 659-5462
1001 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD
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Other, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Saint Elizabeth School
(410) 889-5054
801 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD
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Education, Private School (Multi-disability)
Ages Supported
6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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University of Maryland Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
(410) 328-1072
22 South Green Street
Baltimore, MD
Support Services
Medical, Nutritional Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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James W. Constable, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP
(410) 659-1315
One Charles Center
Baltimore, MD
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Legal Services
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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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