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Team Evaluation Center
(423) 622-0500
600 N. Holtzclaw Ave., Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN
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Other, Support Organization

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Affordable Weighted Blankets
423-618-1822 (cell)
801 Wilcox Road
Chattanooga, TN
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Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Products/Stores, Sensory Integration

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ASSET (Autism Society of Southeast Tennessee)
(423) 899-5123
PO box 28091
Chattanooga, TN
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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The Tennessee Chapter of AAMR
6657 River Stream Dr.
Harrison, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Research, Support Organization

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Maurice Butler Behavior Services
(901) 870-2341
4942 Noel Mission
Memphis, TN
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Siskin Childrens Institute
(423) 648-1700
1101 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN
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Academic Assessments, Activities, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Compounding Pharmacies, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meeti
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Preschool

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Autism and Behavior Services
(615) 519-1845
3309 Cummings HWY
Chattanooga, TN
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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F.E.A.T. of Chattanooga
(423) 296-0092
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Chattanooga, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Leigh Ann Fowler
(931) 629-1052
Loretto, TN
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Helpful Websites, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Tennessee Association of Audiologist & Speech-Language Pathologists
(931) 487-9871
PO Box 70
Spring Hill, TN
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Auditory Integration Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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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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