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Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D. NCSP, RCE, DABPS
(717) 569-6223
2818 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA
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Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers

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Dana Garner, MA, BCBA
Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Other

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Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Inc
(717) 392-8485
302 West Orange Street
Lancaster, PA
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Doctors, Psychiatrist, Marriage & Family Counseling, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Carolyn T. Bruey, Psy.D.
(717) 625-3480
Developmental Disabilities Resource, 215 S. Broad St
Lititz, PA
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Medical

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Lifes Joyful Expressions
(717) 367-8520
Elizabethtown, PA
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Haircuts & Photography
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1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities
(717) 735-1920
Lancaster, PA
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Behavior Assessment, Doctors, Psychiatrist, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Vivian B. Narehood at Gibbel, Kraybill & Hess
(717) 291-1700
41 East Orange St.
Lancaster, PA
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Legal Services

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Jonathan M. Gransee, Psy.D
(717) 314-7389
313 W. Liberty Street
Lancaster, PA
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Medical
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services
(717) 600-0900
York, PA
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ABA, Therapy Services, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Doctors, Psychiatrist, Marriage & Family Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Helene Conroy
(610) 217-0681
32 E. Westwood Park Drive
Havertown, PA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Advocates (Special Education), Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
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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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