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ABC Therapy for Children and Families, LLC
(304) 205-5071
So. Charleston, WV
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Cirlce of Friends / Bright Futures Learning Services, LLC
(304) 881-0245
5400 D Big Tyler Rd.
Crosslanes, WV
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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West Virginia Advocates, Inc.
304-346-0847 or 800-950-5250
Litton Bldg, 4th Floor
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilitie: Ages Birth To 3
(304) 558-5388
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
Charleston, WV
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool

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West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
(304) 558-0416 (voice) or (304) 558-2376 (TDD)
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Training/Seminars

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Delayne Sutton Plata
(304) 776-6571
5315 Stephen Way
Cross Lanes, WV
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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New Horizons Dyslexia and Autism Center
(888) 517-7830
223 N. Pinch Road
Elkview, WV
Support Services
Helpful Websites, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Division of Developmental Disabilities (Charleston)
(304) 558-0627
Office of Behavioral Health Service, 350 Capitol Street, Room 350
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Medical, Support Organization

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West Virginia Advocates (WVA)
1-(304)-346-0847 (voice/TDD) or 1-(800)-950-5250 (
Litton Building, Fourth Floor, 1207 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
(304) 558-0416
110 Stockton Street
Charleston, WV
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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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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