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Tennessee Disability Training Network
(800) 640-4636
Vanderbilt University, Box 40, Peabody College
Nashville, TN
Support Services
Training/Seminars

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Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilit
(615) 532-6767
3rd Floor, Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Tennessee Voices-Middle TN
(615) 269-7751
1315 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)
(615) 936-1705
Peabody Box 92, 230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN
Support Services
Camps, Psychological Counseling, Research, Research, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Rose Music Group
(615) 736-5103
23 Music Square East
Nashville, TN
Support Services
Music Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,6-8 Grade,Adult

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Tennessee Respite Coalition
(615) 532-6727
Cordell Hull Bldg., 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN
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Other, Respite, Therapy Providers

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Department of Special Education
(61 The Tennessee Department of Education, Divi
5th Floor - Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN
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Government/State Agency

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John F. Kennedy Center
(615) 322-8240
PO Box 40, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Training/Seminars

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Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS)
(615) 532-6530
Andrew Jackson Building, 15th Floor, 500 Deadrick Street
Nashville, TN
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Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
(615) 741-2241
500 James Robertson Parkway, Davy Crockett Tower
Nashville, TN
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Government/State Agency, Other

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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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