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Anya Sibley
(650) 388-6000
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Sensory Integration, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade

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Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
(509) 328-9350
606 Sharp
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Support Organization

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ICAN International Christian Association of Neurodevelopmentalists
(406) 961-5266
P.O. Box 9822
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Training, State Resources, Parent Training, Training/Seminars, Vaccine Awareness, Verbal Behavior, Vision Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Year for Change LLC
(509) 448-1506
701 W. 7th Ave., Suite 15
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Early Intervention, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Spokane Hyperbarics
(509) 922-6552
13007 E. Mission Ave
Spokane Valley, WA
Support Services
Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Providers, Vaccine Awareness, Vaccine Awareness
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Washington PAVE - Spokane Office
(509) 326-1722
PMB#482
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Christine R. Guzzardo, Ph.D.
(509) 456-3600
421 W. Riverside Avenue
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Medical, Psychological Counseling
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Tom Weddle
(509) 325-6762
7018 N. Belt
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Inland Center for Autism & Related Disorders (ICARD), P.L.L.C.
701 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 130
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Other, Research, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Susan F. Moon, Ph.D.
(509) 535-3990
PO Box 968
Spokane, WA
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical
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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