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Advocacy Center: New Orleans
(504) 522-2337
225 Baronne Street, Suite 2112
New Orleans, LA
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Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center AUCD
(504) 942-8380
Human Development Center, 1100 Florida Ave., Building 138
New Orleans, LA
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Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Krista Bradford
(407) 529-5316
New Orleans, LA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Therapy Providers

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Louisiana Programs Bancroft NeuroHealth
(504) 482-3075
3434 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
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Residential Facility

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Project PROMPT (Parents Reaching Out for Model Parent Training)
(504) 888-9111 or 800-766-7736
4323 Division Street, Suite 110
Metairie, LA
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Training/Seminars

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Jane El-Dahr, M.D.
(504) 588-5800
1430 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA
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DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Pyramid Parent Training Program
(504) 827-0610
4101 Fountainbleau Drive
New Orleans, LA
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Mercy Family Center
(504) 838-8283
110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 425
Metairie, LA
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers

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Lynn W. Adams, Ph.D.
(504) 838-8283
Mercy Family Center, 110 Veterans Blvd. Suite 425
Metairie, LA
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Virtual Tutoring Service
(504) 810-0093
1380l Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA
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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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