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Edward G. Daniels
(609) 922-4521
Philadelphia, PA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Behavior Assessment, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Helpful Websites, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
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Adult

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Focus Ladder
(484) 326-9423
475 Prospect St.
Springfield, PA
Support Services
Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult

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Dr. Robyn Catagnus
8773CLARITY
#160
Langhorne, PA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Medical, Nutritional Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Christen Russell
(609) 504-0897
604 Aberdeen Lane
Blackwood, NJ
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Independent Living Centers, Residential, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
(215) 204-1356
Temple University, USB-Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA
Support Services
Activities, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Other, Research
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Helene Conroy
(610) 217-0681
32 E. Westwood Park Drive
Havertown, PA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Advocates (Special Education), Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Rising Stars
(215) 293-9555
260 Sawmill Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Timothy School
(610) 725-0755
973 Old Lancaster Rd.
Berwyn, PA
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Education, Educational Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Speech & Language, Support / Tutoring

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Hispanos Unidos para Ninos Excepcionales (Philadelphia HUNE, Inc.)
(215) 425-6203
202 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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PA Parent Info and Resource Ctr.
(215) 763-0883
1632 N. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA
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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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