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Morrissey Compton Education Center
(650) 322-5910
2555 Park Blvd. Suite 20
Palo Alto, CA
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Camps, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Maisie Soetantyo
(650) 483-7174
150 West Iowa Ave. # 103
Sunnyvale, CA
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, RDI, State Resources, Insurance, State Resources, Parent Training, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Esther Fan
(650) 575-3690
Mountain View, CA
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability 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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Los Altos Feeding Clinic
(650) 237-9111
2235 Grant Rd Suite 2
los altos, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Other, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Parents Helping Parents (PHP)
(408) 727-5775
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Open Mind: Center for Brain & Behavior
(818) 426-1066
San Jose
Peninsula, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Assistive Technology, Babysitting / Childcare, Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Kaiser Permanente Mountain View
(800) 464-4000
555 Castro St. and 565 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA
Support Services
Other

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Creative Learning Center
(650) 964-4330
Los Altos, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Occupational Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Pediatric Feeding Seminar
(650) 752-4993
2235 Grant Rd
Los Altos, CA
Support Services
Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Adult

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Kristina Czapkay
(650) 520-4592
1777 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
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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