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Successful Sounds
(913) 383-8465
6800 West 80th Street
Overland Park, KS
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Families Together, Inc.
913-287-1970 or 1-877-499-5369
1333 Meadowlark Lane, Suite 103
Kansas City, KS
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism Asperger Resource Center
(913) 588-5988
4001 HC Miller Building
Kansas City, KS
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Support Organization

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Child Development Unit Kansas University LEND
(913) 588-5900
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Early Intervention, Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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The Kansas Instructional Support Network
(913) 588-5943
University of Kansas Medical Center/Developmental Disabilities Center
Kansas City, KS
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Lisa Barrett Mann, M.S.Ed.
(913) 544-2883
Aspergers Interventions
Overland Park, KS
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Wyandotte Developmental Disabilities Services
(913) 342-9426
850 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Sue Ann Kline, Ph.D.
(913) 588-5988
3901 Rainbow, MS 3055
Kansas City, KS
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Therapy Providers

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Childrens Mercy Hospital - Developmental & Behavioral Sciences
(816) 234-3674
2401 Gillam Road
Kansas City, MO
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Early Intervention, Medical, Therapy Providers

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UMKC Institute for Human Development (UAP) AUCD
(816) 235-1770
2220 Holmes Third Floor
Kansas City, MO
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Disability Advocacy, 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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