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Kids World Preschool
(801) 243-4991
1328 W Stern Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Auditory Integration Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Floortime, Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), RDI, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Swimming Lessons, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten

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Access Utah Network
(801) 533-4636
155 South 300 West suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Utah Autism Research Program
(801) 585-9098
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Compounding Pharmacies, Research, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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VSA arts of Utah
(801) 328-0703
230 South 500 West, #125
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Disability Law Center (Salt Lake City Office)
455 East 400 South, Suite 410
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services, Support Organization

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Julien Smith, Ph.D.
(801) 596-2347
Childrens Neurodevelopmental Service, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Educational Assessment, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Utah Governors Council For People With Disabilities
(801) 533-3965; 800-333-8824
155 S. 300 W., Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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Wendy R. (Morris) Hillier
(801) 531-7238
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Therapy Providers

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The Arc of Utah
(801) 364-5060
155 South 300 West, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Child Safety Tech
(866) 880-0505
2682 S. Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
Support Services
Products/Stores
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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