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Parliament Tutors
(561) 922-6308
Boca Raton, FL
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Camps, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Reaching potentials
(561) 391-1004
500 NE Spanish River Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Dr. Jody Thomas
(561) 370-3906
Lake Worth, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Behavioral Works, Inc
(954) 514-9594
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
(561) 901-3965
7200 Camino Real #104
Parkland, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool,11-12 Grade

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Developmental Therapist
(561) 245-0949
Boca Raton, FL
Support Services
Babysitting / Childcare, Early Intervention, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Butterfly Effects, LLC
(704) 859-4478
2708 NE 14th ST, Suite 5
Pompano Beach, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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All about you, you , and you
(561) 370-3906
Lake Worth, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Asperger/Autism Strategy Center
(561) 994-3299
5455 Ascot Bend
Boca Raton, FL
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Training/Seminars

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KidsCamps.com
561-989-9330; (561) 443-2924
500 NE Spanish River Blvd., Suite 30
Boca Raton, FL
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Other, Summer Camp/ESY

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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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