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UPLIFT
(888) UPL-IFT3
P.O. Box 664
Cheyenne, WY
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization

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Arc of Laramie County
(307) 632-1209
1616 E. 19th St
Cheyenne, WY
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Wyoming Insurance Department
(307) 777-7401
Herschler Bldg., 3rd Floor East 122 West 25th Street
Cheyenne, WY
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Government/State Agency, Other

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Wyoming Department of Education (Cheyenne Office)
(307) 777-7690
2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY
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Government/State Agency

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Division of Developmental Disabilities - Dept. of Health
(307) 777-7115
Herschler Building, 1st Floor West
Cheyenne, WY
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Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Arc of Laramie County
(307) 632-1209
1616 E. 19th St. Suite 7, P.O. Box 1812
Cheyenne, WY
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Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Wyoming P&A System
(307) 638-7668
320 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY
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Disability Advocacy

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Community and Family Health Division Department of Health
(307) 777-6004
4020 House Building
Cheyenne, WY
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Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling

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Professional Advisory and Strategy Services, Inc. (P.A.S.S)
(307) 632-8334
5211 Eastview St.
Cheyenne, WY
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Nutritional Counseling, Respite, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Client Assistance Program -- Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.
(307) 638-7668
320 W. 25th Street, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY
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Educational Advocacy, Other
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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