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Developmental Behavioral Health, Inc
(719) 527-2121
1115 Elkton Drive Suite 403
Colorado Springs, CO
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, 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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ARC of the Pikes Peak Region
(719) 633-4601
12 N. Meade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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The Resource Exchange
(719) 380-1100
2375 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Other

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Child Find: DISTRICT 11 - Colorado Springs
(719) 328-2875
1115 N. El Paso
Colorado Springs, CO
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Education, Other

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Jennifer Williams
(719) 535-8800
19 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, 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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PlayDate, Inc
(719) 271-9975
3533 N Carefree
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Respite, Social Skills Training, Sports, Support / Tutoring, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Early Childhood Connections (El Paso County)
(719) 577-9190
1120 N. Circle Drive, #19
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization

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Linda L. Thede (Psychotherapist)
(719) 573-8660
225 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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PEAK Parent Center
(719) 531-9400 or 1-800-284-0251 (hotline)
611 North Weber, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO
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Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Children/Adolescents with Dual Diagnosis
(791) 596-2543
4441 Fortune Circle North
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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