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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program, Antioch New England
603-357-3122 ext. 267
40 Avon St.
Keene, NH
Support Services
Education, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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Professional, Parental and Family Support in support of individuals with ASD
(603) 336-8381
46 Northfield Road
Hinsdale, NH
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,Adult

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Silver Lining Multimedia, Inc.
(888) 777-0876
PO Box 544
Peterborough, NH
Support Services
Products/Stores

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EdTech Associates
(603) 424-4534
Assistive Technology Evaluation, Consultation and Training for the Learning
Amherst, NH
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Helpful Websites, Other, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Parent Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Horse Power, Inc.
(603) 654-6308
13 Pony Farm Lane
Temple, NH
Support Services
Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Larry Welkowitz, Ph.D.
(603) 358-2517
Dept. of Psychology, Keene State College
Keene, NH
Support Services
Other

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Kensey Batchelder, MT-BC
(603) 674-3163
p.o. Box 487
Hinsdale, NH
Support Services
Music Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Crotched Mountain
(603) 547-3311 or (800) 966-2672
One Verney Drive
Greenfield, NH
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability), Residential, Residential Facility, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Paul E. Farnum Library of Education
(603) 271-7186
NH Technical Institute Library
Concord, NH
Support Services
Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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James Forrestall, LICSW
603-668-3050 ext.40
Manchester, NH
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 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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