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Summit Central (Summits Corporate Offices and Summit Academy)
(716) 629-3400
150 Stahl Rd.
Getzville, NY
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Kristine Ford
(716) 632-6059
Williamsville, NY
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kalpana Patel, MD
(716) 833-2213
65 Wehrle Dr.
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling

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Early Childhood Direction Center
(716) 878-7282
Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, 888 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Daniel W. Morse at Bouvier, OConnor, LLP
(716) 856-1344
350 Main St., Suite 1400
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Legal Services

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Western New York Chapter ASA
(716) 633-2275
19 Limestone Drive, Suite 1
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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DisAbility News & Views Radio Show
(716) 522-9185
P.O Box 1077
Williamsville, NY
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Auditory Integration Therapy, Disability Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Products/Stores, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, 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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Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York
(716) 877-7007
1185 Kenmore Ave
Kenmore, NY
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Parent Network of WNY
(716) 332 - 4170; (866) 277- 4762
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Eastern Sun Health Naturopathic clinic
(716) 854-2012
406 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Medical, Other

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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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