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UM-NSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
(305) 284-5263
Coral Gables, FL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Doctor Referrals, Helpful Websites, Publications, Research, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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EdSpecialists, PLLC
(305) 251-5956
14115 S.Dixie Hwy. Suite L
Miami, FL
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Early Intervention, Interactive Metronome, Psychological Counseling, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Therapy Zone Center, Inc.
(305) 878-3898
782 Le Jeune Road, 334
Miami, FL
Support Services
Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities-UM
(800) 928-8476
1500 Monza Ave., 3rd Floor
Miami, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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UM Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
1-800-9-AUTISM or (305) 284-6563
5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Childrens Resources
(305) 596-6966
Miami, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Camps, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Debra Stauber
(786) 251-5427
19414 40th court
Miami, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Jennifer Borr
(786) 355-8271
Miami, FL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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Amy Beaumont, Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic
(305) 284-6140
Coral Gables, FL
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, 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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Gabriela Gomez, M.A., BCBA
(305) 662-6448
7800 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 128
Miami, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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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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