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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities/ Tallahassee
850-644-4367 or 800-769-7926
625 B North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Private School (Multi-disability)

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities
(850) 488-9071
2671 Executive Center Circle, W., Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Developmental Disabilities Program Office
(850) 488-4257
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Florida Department of Health
(850) 245-4330
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-18
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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RESPECT of Florida
(850) 487-1471
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization

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Florida Department of Financial Services
(850) 413-3100
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Florida Department of Education
(850) 245-0505
Turlington Building, Suite 1514, 325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (Tallahassee)
(800) 769-7926
Florida State University, 625-B N. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Medical, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
850-488-4180 or 800-580-7801
124 Marriott Drive, Suite 203
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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ABOVE ALL
(850) 522-2078
Florida State University, One University Way
Tallahassee, FL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Therapy Providers

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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

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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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