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Tyler Whitney, Psy.D. (ICACD)
(208) 888-7104
2273 East Gala Street
Meridian, ID
Support Services
Activities, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Doctor Referrals, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Government/State Agency, Helpful Websites, Lindamood Bell, Medical, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Train
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Developmental Disabilities Program (Boise)
(208) 334-5500
Department of Health and Welfare
Boise, ID
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Dept of Health and Welfare
(208) 769-1456
450 W. State Street
Boise, ID
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Government/State Agency

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Governors Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Department of Employment
(208) 334-6469
317 Main Street
Boise, ID
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare -- Infant & Toddler Program
(800) 356-9868
450 W. State Street
Boise, ID
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Advocates for Inclusion
(208) 467-7524
958 Corporate Lane
Nampa, ID
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Private School (Integrated), Social Skills Training, 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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Idaho Department of Insurance
(208) 334-4250
700 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Other

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Idaho State Department of Education
(208) 332-6800
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID
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Other
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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State Independent Living Council (SILC)
(208) 334-3800
PO Box 83720 (350 North Ninth Street, Suite 610B)
Boise, ID
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Government/State Agency

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Bureau of Special Education (Boise)
208- 332-6800; 1 - (800) 432-4601
655 West State Street PO Box 83720
Boise, ID
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Government/State Agency

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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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