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Casey Warner, Independent Advocate/Parent Mentor/Resource Specialist
(614) 622-0709
767 College Avenue
Bexley, OH
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Dentists, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Hermatologist, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Inflatable Bounce Houses/Parties, Karate, Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Nutritional Counseling, Orthodontists, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Sc
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Andrew Erkis, Ph.D Educational Consulting
(614) 231-1957
1706 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH
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Adult Support, Educational Advocacy, Medical
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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VSA arts of Ohio
(614) 241-5325
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
Columbus, OH
Support Services
Art Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Vocational Support Program
(614) 293-5183
The Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Neurology
Columbus, OH
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Adult Support, Job Coach, Medical, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Adult

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NAMI Ohio
(614) 224-2700; (800) 686-2646
747 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH
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Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Fast Forward Therapy, Inc
(614) 364-6206
Columbus, OH
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ABA, Therapy Services, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult

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VSA (Very Special Arts) Arts of Ohio
(614) 241-5325
77 South High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH
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Disability Advocacy

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Ohio Legal Rights Service
614-466-7264 or 1-800-282-9181 (Ohio)
8 East Long Street
Columbus, OH
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Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Society of America - Autism Society of Ohio Chapter
(614) 487-4726
1335 Dublin Rd. Suite 205-C
Columbus, OH
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Disability Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Publications, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Office for Disability Services
(614) 292-3307
150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH
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Disability Advocacy, 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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