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Speech Tree, Speech & Developmental Center
(815) 725-9992
2423 Glenwood Avenue
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Advocates United
(708) 301-6111
2112 W. Jefferson St. #242
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Relationship Development Intervention Consultant
(815) 725-1049
23819 W. Mill St. Suite 3
Plainfield, IL
Support Services
RDI, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Mission: Clean Kids
(800) 432-0170
3714 Pandola Ave
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Health Food Stores / Markets, Helpful Websites, Products/Stores, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp
(708) 301-0816
16300 Parker Rd.
Homer Glen, IL
Support Services
Summer Camp/ESY

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Easter Seals Joliet Region
(815) 725-2194
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Doctors, Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Hope Family Services
(815) 553-0511
150 N. Scott Street, Suite 204
Joilet, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Precison Education
(800) 432-0170
3714 Pandola Ave
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kids Communicate (Katherine Ryan)
(815) 462-8462
705 Young Dr.
New Lenox, IL
Support Services
Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Katherine Ryan
(708) 275-1898
705 Young Drive
New Lenox, IL
Support Services
Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 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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