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Interlocking Connections, LLC
(860) 713-3324
Enfield, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Psychological Counseling, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut
(860) 560-1711
999 Asylum Avenue, 5th Floor
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
(860) 297-4300 or (860) 297-4397 (Nancy Alisberg)
60B Weston Street
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
(860) 418-6000
Department of Mental Retardation, 460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Council On Developmental Disabilities
(860) 418-6160
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Connecticut Insurance Department
(860) 297-3800
P.O. BOX 816
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Other

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Diane Kimble Willcutts
(860) 256-4186
Education Advocacy, LLC
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Connecticut State Department of Education
(860) 713-6543
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT
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Government/State Agency

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CT Birth to 3 Program
(800) 505-7000
460 Capital Avenue
Hartford, CT
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Diane Willcutts
860-524-6800, ext. 31
21 Oak Street, Suite 602
Hartford, CT
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Disability Advocacy, Legal Services, Training/Seminars

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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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