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A Quantum Leap Educational Services
(904) 262-0623
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten

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Leslie Scott Jean-Bart at Law Office of Gibbs Craig
(904) 396-4499
1200 Riverplace Blvd., #820
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Legal Services

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Jacksonville School for Children with Autism
(904) 732-4343
4000 Spring Park Road
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Autism Society of Greater Jacksonville
(904) 399-4099
1526 University Blvd. West
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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ASA of Greater Jacksonville
(904) 343-1346 or (904) 260-4565
1526 University Blvd. W. #235
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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April Choulat
(904) 273-6700
1100 Sawgrass Village Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Floortime, RDI, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Jacksonville School for Children With Austim (Terri Schuldt)
(904) 732-4343
4000 Spring Park Road
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten

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UF/Jax Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
(904) 633-0760
6026 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Linda Carzoli
(904) 332-2525
6817 Southpoint Pkwy.
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
Therapy Providers

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Pediatric Behavioral Services
(904) 329-3317
Jacksonville, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Respite, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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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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