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Teri Hoffman
(610) 404-1018
139 Monocacy Hill Rd
Birdsboro, PA
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Educational Assessment, Play Therapy, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Berks County MH/MR
(610) 478-3271
633 Court Street, Department 504
Reading, PA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Psychological Counseling, Respite, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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NHS Autism School
(610) 208-0466
641 Gregg Ave
Reading, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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The Reading Hosp. Speech and Hearing Ctr.
(610) 988-8694
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (R-Building, First Floor), Sixth Av
Reading, PA
Support Services
Medical

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Mental Health Assn of Reading and Berks
(610) 775-3000
122 W. Lancaster Ave. Suite 207
Shillington, PA
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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ABA Helping Hands, Mary Lewis M.S., BCBA
(215) 317-3904
137 Birdsong Way
Pottstown, PA
Support Services
Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Holcomb Behavioral Health -- Berks
(610) 939-9999
1940 N. 13th St. Suite 248
Reading, PA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Medical, Research, Residential Facility, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania
(610) 775-1431
1040 Liggett Avenue
Reading, PA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Therapy Providers

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Berks Co. Learning Disability Association
(610) 988-8457
P.O. Box 6894
Wyomissing, PA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Early Childhood Education Project
(610) 987-2248
1111 Commons Blvd.
Reading, PA
Support Services
Education, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability)

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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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