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Puget Sound Autism Services
(206) 617-2131
Lynnwood, WA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Elizabeth Chapdelaine (Blooming Speech)
(425) 314-1716
11400 Airport Road Suite #305
Everett, WA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Phillip Ranheim MD
(425) 334-1773
9407 4th Street
Everett, WA
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Compounding Pharmacies, Medical, Nutritional Counseling

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EquiFriends Therapeutic Horseback Riding
(425) 377-0802
PO Box 856
Snohomish, WA
Support Services
Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Advantage Learning Group
(260) 200-0719
9326 185th Dr SE
Snohomish, WA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Tim Buckley, M.D.
(425) 252-7716
2731 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 220
Everett, WA
Support Services
Medical

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Disability Resource Center
(425) 347-5768
607 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
Support Services
Residential Facility

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Dr. David B. Harrell, FRIPH
(425) 322-0300
Pro-Tech Services, Inc, 4338 Harbour Pointe Blvd SW
Mukilteo, WA
Support Services
Other, Research

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TeachTown
(206) 336-5585
2815 Eastlake Avenue E.
Seattle, WA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Products/Stores, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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C.A. Brooks & Associates PS
(425) 672-2928
7907 212th St SW
Edmonds, WA
Support Services
Adult Support, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, 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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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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