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Aspergers Syndrome Family Group - Cedar Rapids
(319) 294-0993
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Janet Cuhel, D.C.
(319) 393-3996
1967 51st St. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Other

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Patricia McGuire MD, FAAP
(319) 365-1006
2215 Westdale Dr. SW.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Medical

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AIT for You
(262) 569-7828
Marion, IA
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Center for Disabilities and Dev. Respite Service
(877) 686-0031
Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, 100 Hawkins Dr. 142CDD
Iowa City, IA
Support Services
Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Therapy Providers

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Dick Socwell (Associates for Behvioral)
(319) 396-1066
3100 E Avenue NW #101
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers

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East Central Iowa Chapter: Autism Society of America
3928 Terrace Hill Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Miracles in Motion-Handicapped Horsemen, Inc.
(319) 857-4141
P.O. Box 14
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Metro West Kids Learning Center
(515) 987-8835
2555 Berkshire Pkwy., Ste B
Clive, IA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, General Supplies, Helpful Websites, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Aspergers Syndrome Family Group - Cedar Rapids
(319) 294-0993
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
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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