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HANDS in Autism Program, Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center
(317) 278-7839
702 Barnhill Drive Room 4300
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
Publications, Research, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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ABA Programming, Inc
(317) 849-5437
6060 Castleway W. Drive
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA/Discrete Trial, Activities, Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Education, FastForword, Haircuts & Photography, Military Families, Occupational Therapy, Other, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Hope Source, Inc. Center for Dynamic Minds
(317) 578-0410
6330 E. 75th Street
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, RDI, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Center
(800) 300-1818
710 Adams Street Suite A
Carmel, IN
Support Services
Lindamood Bell, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Riley Hospital for Children: The Developmental Pediatrics Program
(317) 274-4846
Developmental Pediatrics Program, 702 Barnhill Drive, Room 1601
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
Medical, Other, Research, Training/Seminars

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Elizabeth Ranegar
(219) 928-5050
847 East Dr.
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Activities, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Hope Source, Inc.
(317) 578-0410
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Autism Only), Psychological Counseling, RDI, Research, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Broad Horizons Montessori School
(317) 571-0258
1325 E. 111th St
Indianapolis, IN
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Private School (Multi-disability), RDI, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,1-5 Grade

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Lucia E Ramirez Mireles
317 748 7500 Cell 317 873 4494 Home
Zionsville, IN
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ATTAIN (Accessing Technology Through Action in Indiana)
(800) 528-8246 (in IN); (317) 921-8766 (in Marion
1815 N. Meridian St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN
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Support Organization

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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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