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Sara Chapman
(415) 948-7596
Services provide in family homes
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
(415) 721-0781
1099 D Street, Penthouse B
San Rafael, CA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Lindamood Bell, Products/Stores, Research, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Golden Gate Regional Center (San Francisco County)
(415) 546-9222
875 Stevenson Street - 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Golden Gate Regional Center
(415) 546-9222
120 Howard St. Third Fl.
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency

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Dave Sherman
(415) 924-1300
Sherman & Ziegler
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Legal Services

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Jaime Craine MA
(415) 306-4118
840 Via Casitas
Greenbrae, CA
Support Services
Activities, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Play Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Robert Sinaiko M.D.
(415) 788-2099
490 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Healthful Living
(415) 437-6807
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling

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Leigh Law Group
(415) 399-9155
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Lawyers (Special Education)
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Support for Families @ Open Gate Family Resource Center
(415) 920-5040
2601 Mission Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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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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