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Yusuf (J.P.) Saleeby, M.D.
(912) 201-9464
144 Habersham St.
Savannah, GA
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Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Candice L. Barnette, MA, CCC-S
(912) 352-4045
6815 Forest Park Drive Suite 124
Savannah, GA
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Other, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Array of Hope Specialty Care
(912) 353-9885
116 Ogelethorpe Professional Court
Savannah, GA
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Adult Support, Camps, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Ms. Bees Therapeutic Services Inc
(912) 272-2774
11305 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA
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Camps, Disability Advocacy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment (Atlanta)
(770) 352-9952
54 South Avenue
Marietta, GA
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Lindamood Bell, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Kicklighter Resource Center
(912) 355-7633
7219 Seawright Drive
Savannah, GA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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Preschool

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Legends Learning Center
(912) 692-1553
7219 Seawright Drive
Savannah, GA
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Education
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Coastal Compounding Pharmacy
(912) 354-5188
6709 Forest Park Dr
Savannah, GA
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Compounding Pharmacies, Labs, Medical

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Robin Trowell, M.S., BCBA
(770) 992-8534
Roswell, GA
Roswell, GA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Behavioral Discoveries
(706) 955-7581
Martinez, GA
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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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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