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DFW Center for Autism
(817) 424-9797
303 W. Nash St.
Grapevine, TX
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Private School (Integrated), Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Brain Balance
(972) 248-9482
Plano, TX
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Interactive Metronome, Nutritional Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Behavioral Innovations
(469) 374-0700
6301 Campus Circle Drive East
Irving, TX
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The Arc of Dallas
(214) 634-9810
2114 Anson Road
Dallas, TX
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Prelude Music Therapy
817-481-2323 or (817) 540-9509
Not Listed
Euless, TX
Support Services
Music Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Behavior & Education Specialists of Texas
(972) 742-0807
505 Lexington Ln
Richardson, TX
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Under the Umbrella
(214) 603-6049
4556 Cape Charles Dr.
Plano, TX
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Multi-disability), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Behavioral Innovations, Inc.
(469) 374-0700
2655 Villa Creek Drive, Ste. 204
Dallas, TX
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Therapy Providers

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Southwest Airlines
(214) 792-3733
PO Box 36611
Dallas, TX
Support Services
Airplane flights (for medical purposes), Medical

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Jessica James Baldridge, M.Ed.
(972) 304-4362
414 Hampton Drive
Coppell, TX
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Helpful Websites, Support Group Meetings, 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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