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Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
(800) 692-7443
1414 N. Cameron Street, Suite C
Harrisburg, PA
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Allegheny Youth Advocate Program
(717) 232-7580
2007 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA
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Other, Therapy Providers

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CMU
(717) 441-7034
1100 S Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA
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Early Intervention
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Pennsylvania Department of Education
(717) 787-5820
333 Market Street, 10th Floor
Harrisburg, PA
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Government/State Agency

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Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
(800) 692-7443 or (717) 236-8110
Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
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Disability Advocacy, Legal Services
Ages Supported
9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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PA Insurance Department
(717) 787-2317
1326 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA
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Government/State Agency, Other

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The Arc of Pennsylvania
717- 234-2621; 800-692-7258
2001 N. Front Street, Bldg. 2, Suite 221
Harrisburg, PA
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.-Pennsylvania Branch
(717) 232-7580
2007 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
(717) 787-6057
Room 569 Forum Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
Harrisburg, PA
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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Milestones Community Healthcare, Inc
(717) 651-0016
2700 Commerce Drive
Harrisburg, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Multi-disability), Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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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

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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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