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Asperger Syndrome/PDD Support Group at Judevine
(214) 849-4400
1101 Olivette Executive Pkwy., Suite 150
Saint Louis, MO
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Activities, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Assistive Technology, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Doctor Referrals, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Independent Living Centers, Inflatable Bounce Houses/Parties, Job Coach, Medical, Other, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Research, Research, Residential, Residential Facilit
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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First Steps Pediatrics LLC
(314) 276-1789
10 South Euclid Avenue, Suite G
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Products/Stores, Psychological Counseling, Residential, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Pro
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Easter Seals Missouri
(314) 664-5025
5025 Northrup Avenue
Saint Louis, MO
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention

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The Fertilizers
(314) 540-2920
P.O. Box 21783
Saint Louis, MO
Support Services
Products/Stores
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
(314) 531-5922
4144 Lindell Blvd., Suite 405
Saint Louis, MO
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Childrens Education Alliance of Missouri
(314) 454-6544
Saint Louis, MO
Support Services
Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) (Springfield)
(417) 882-7434
2100 S. Brentwood, Suite G
Springfield, MO
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Legal Services; Dayna F. Deck Attorney
(314) 361-9900
393 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Catch A Falling Star
4512 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
Other

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Dayna F. Deck
(314) 721-2500
6609 Clayton Rd., Suite One East
St. Louis, MO
Support Services
Legal Services

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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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