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Maxim Healthcare Services
(253) 671-9909
Tacoma, WA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Early Intervention, Military Families, Play Therapy, Respite, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Social Behavior Solutions
(253) 271-4151
Kent, WA
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ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, 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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Tacoma Speech and Hearing Center
(253) 472-6454
15 Oregon Ave
Tacoma, WA
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Pugent Sound Therapy Services
(253) 383-2433
1310 S Union #100
Tacoma, WA
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Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Center UW Tacoma
(253) 692-4721
University of Washington, Tacoma Box 358455
Tacoma, WA
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ABA/Discrete Trial, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Paula Herrington
(253) 874-9300
Federal Way, WA
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Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Floortime, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Autism Society of Washington
(253) 572-5203 or toll free (888) ASW 4 YOU
PO Box 111624
Tacoma, WA
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Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Social Skills Training, 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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Talk About Curing Autism of Western Washington (TACA WA)
(360) 402-7511
2201 South 78th Street
Tacoma, WA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Doctors, DAN! Doctors, DAN! Pediatrics, DAN! Pediatrics, Doctor Referrals, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Nutritional Counseling, Research, State Resources, State Resources, Education, Support Group Meetings, Vaccine Awareness, Vaccine Awareness

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May Bridge Speech and Hearing
(253) 403-1450
1220 Division Ave
Tacoma, WA
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Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Puget Sound Therapy Services (Tacoma)
(253) 383-2423
Tacoma Clinic
Tacoma, WA
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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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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