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Emily Schwab
(434) 975-0377
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Respite, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Preschool

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Virginia Institute of autism
(434) 923-8252
1414 Westwood Road
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Education, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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JustChildren Community Education Coordinator-Legal Aid Justice Center
(800) 578-8111 (clients only) or (434) 977-0553
Legal Aid Justice Center, 1000 Preston Ave., Suite A
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Lawyers (Special Education), Legal Services, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia
(804) 924-8669
Towers Office Building, 7th floor, 1224 West Main Street Suite 720
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Barbara S. Jenkins of Jenkins & Hagy, PLC
(804) 296-4998
401 Ridge St
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Legal Services

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Julia Whiting, M.D.
(434) 960-1117
901 Preston Ave.
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Albemarle Therapy Center
(434) 979-8628
1102 Rose Hill Drive
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Connections Achievement & Therapy
(434) 823-2199
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Chiropractors, Interactive Metronome, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Neal L. Walters at Scott & Kroner, P.C.
(804) 296-2161
P.O. Box 2737
Charlottesville, VA
Support Services
Legal Services

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Charles M. Henter, Esq.
252 East High St.
Charlottesville, VA
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Disability Advocacy

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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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