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Shannon Moss, M.A., BCBA
(813) 621-3223
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Education, Summer Camp/ESY, 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

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Relationship Development Center (Helyn Moore)
(813) 545-4726
101 American Center Place
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Therapy Providers

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities- Tampa
(813) 233-2920
Tampa Times Building Suite 513, 1000 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Janis Krempa, M.Ed, BCBA
(813) 262-2572
5718 Sea Trout Place
Apollo Beach, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) - Tampa
813-974-2532 or 1-800-333-4530
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Adult Support, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Courtney Kearney McLaughlin
(813) 451-9421
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Florida Autism Center of Excellence
(813) 621-3223
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Dr. Nelson Mane, D.C.
(813) 935-4744
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Chiropractors, DAN! Doctors, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (Tampa)
(813) 974-2532 or Toll-Free Florida Only: 1-800-33
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute/ USF
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Jonathan Worcester, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA
(813) 382-2056
P.O. Box 46206
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Other, Social Skills Training, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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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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