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The Riley Center
(256) 882-2457
1900 Golf Road
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Military Families, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, State Resources, Parent Training, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support G
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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North Alabama Chapter: Autism Society of America
(256) 424-7910
PO Box 2902
Huntsville, AL
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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Technology Assistance for Special Consumers (TASC)
(256) 532-5996
PO Box 443
Huntsville, AL
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Government/State Agency

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Huntsville Pediatric Associates
(256) 517-2464
1963 Memorial Parkway Southwest
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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ABC Center for Learning
(256) 539-8848
302 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Collaborations CDC
(256) 772-4400
100 Jetplex Blvd SW
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Private School (Integrated), Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Legal Services of North Central Alabama
(256) 536-9645
P.O. Box 2465
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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North Alabama Childrens Specialists
(256) 533-0833
502 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Medical
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Greengate School
(256) 721-6592 or (256) 337-1889
6600 Madison Pike
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
Education, Private School (Multi-disability)

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The Riley Behavioral and Educational Center
(256) 539-5651
300 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 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

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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