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Bright Feats Directory
(407) 461-4847
522 Hunt Club Blvd #351
Apopka, FL
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, DAN! Pediatrics, DAN! Pediatrics, Dentists, Disability Advocacy, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Hermatologist, Doctors, Pediatric Hermatologist, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Support / Tutoring,
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Magical Toys and Products
(321) 235-1400
7435 Marseille Circle
Orlando, FL
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QuestKids Academy
(407) 218-4300
Orlando, FL
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ABA, Therapy Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Multi-disability), Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten

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Autism Recovery Network of Florida
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Orlando, FL
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Doctor Referrals, Educational Advocacy, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Florida Respite Coalition
(407) 740-8909, ext. 104
2304 Aloma Avenue, Suite 100
Winter Park, FL
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Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Florida Autism Center
(407) 413-9550
1708 Lexington Green Lane
Sanford, FL
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Military Families, Private School (Autism Only), Research, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Social Skills Training, State Resources, State Resources, Education, State Resources, Insurance, State Resources, Parent Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates
(407) 629-1099
P.O. Box 140251
Orlando, FL
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Other, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Quest Kids
(407) 872-3378
406 E. Amelia Street
Orlando, FL
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Residential Facility, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Interventions Unlimited, Inc.
(407) 678-8889
1265 S. Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Private School (Autism Only), Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Professional Communication Services, Inc.
(407) 629-7724
1294 Palmetto Ave.
Winter Park, FL
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Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
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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