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The Arc Michigan
(800) 292-7851 or (517) 487-5426
1325 S Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Office of Financial and Insurance Services (OFIS)
517-373-0220; (877) 999-6442
P.O. Box 30220
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families
(517) 335-9261
Department of Community Health
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Citizen Alliance to Uphold Special Education (CAUSE)
(517) 886-9167 or (800) 221-9105
6412 Centurion Drive
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Legal Services, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Childrens Special Health Care Services
(517) 335-5008
Michigan Dept. of Public Health
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Therapy Providers

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Learning Disabilities Association of MI
(517) 485-8160; (888) 597-7809
200 Museum Drive, Suite 101
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Michigan Alliance for Families
(800) 292-7851
1325 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI
Support Services
State Resources, State Resources, Education, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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MI Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
(517) 241-2591
Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early In
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Michigan Department of Education
(517) 373-0923 or (517) 373-3324
Special Education Services, 608 West Allegan Street
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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MI Programs for Children with Disabilities: Birth through 26
(517) 373-2949
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Lansing, MI
Support Services
Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
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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