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Wayne State Univers Educational Accessibility Services
(313) 577-1851
583 Student Center Building
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Adult Support, Education, Support Organization
Ages Supported
11-12 Grade,Adult

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Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University
(313) 577-2654 or 888) 978-4334
4809 Woodward Ave., Ste. 268
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Research, Training/Seminars

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University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Detroit)
(313) 577-2654
Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University, 4809 Woodward
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Research, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Parent-to-Parent (Childrens Special Healthcare Services)
313-256-2186; (800) 359-3722 (parent hotline)
1200 6th St, 3rd Floor, South Tower, Suite 316
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Blue Leaf HomeCare, LLC
(313) 421-1394
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Respite
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State Uni
(313) 577-2654
Leonard Simmons Bldg, Suite 268
Detroit, MI
Support Services
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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VSA arts of Michigan
(313) 832-3303 (V/TTY)
51 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Art Therapy, Other, Therapy Providers

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Family Support Network of Michigan
313-256-2183 or 800-359-3722
1200 6th Street
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Northwest Activities Center
(800) 298-4424
18100 Meyers Rd.
Detroit, MI
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Social Building Blocks
(517) 980-5671
801 W. Eleven Mile
Royal Oak, MI
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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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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