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Coaching 4 Kids LLC
(727) 341-1000
6739 1 Ave. S
St Petersburg, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Job Coach, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Rene M. Reed, D.C.
(727) 447-0408
1770 Braxton Bragg Lane
Clearwater, FL
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Other

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Ray G. Behm, Jr. DDS
(727) 446-6747
127 North Garden Ave.
Clearwater, FL
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Other

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Parent Training and Information Projects, Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
800-825-5736; (727) 523-1130
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Dr. Ron Knaus
(727) 518-7294
1301 Seminole Blvd., Suite B-112
Largo, FL
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Doctors, Doctors, Osteopathy, Doctors, Osteopathy, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Research, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Courtney Kearney McLaughlin
(813) 451-9421
Tampa, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Equither
(813) 723-8129
1885 County Rd. 193
Clearwater, FL
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Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Alternative Solutions~ Therapy Center for Children with Autism, Inc.
(727) 712-8120
3165 McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Other, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Utopia MediSpa and Wellness
(727) 799-9060
3165 N. McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Compounding Pharmacies, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Behave, Inc.
(813) 240-8779
499 Lakeway Dr.
Oldsmar, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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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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