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Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
55164-0975
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Michael C. Davis
(651) 222-4396
46 4th St E
St. Paul, MN
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Legal Services

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MN Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities
(651) 296-4018
MN Dept. of Admin.
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Childrens Home Society & Family Services
651-646-7771 or 800-952-9302
1605 Eustis Street
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Consultant
(651) 442-1714
1123 Woodbridge Street
Saint Paul, MN
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Minnesota Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities
(651) 296-4018
370 Centennial Office Building
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Community Supports for Minnesotans w/ Disabilities
(651) 582-1998
Department of Human Services
Saint Paul, MN
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Government/State Agency, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Minnesota STAR Program
651-201-2640; 1-888-234-1267
50 Sherburne Avenue, Room 309
St. Paul, MN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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School Law Center, LLC.
(651) 222-6288
452 Selby Avenue, Second Floor East
Saint Paul, MN
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education), Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, Inc. (MCIL)
(651) 646-8342
1600 University Ave. W., Suite 16
St. Paul, MN
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Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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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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