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Jessica Berrios
(203) 206-8119
1555 New Haven Rd
Naugatuck, CT
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Aquatic Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Inflatable Bounce Houses/Parties, Karate, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Sports, Swimming Lessons
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Ron Schmid, ND
(877) 472-8701
48 Sperry Rd.
Watertown, CT
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, Medical, Products/Stores

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Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment
(860) 571-3888
P.O. Box 370352
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
Other, Support Organization

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CT FEAT
(860) 571-3888
P.O. Box 370352
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Ron Schmid, N.D.
(203) 888-6423
86 Jackson Cove Road
Oxford, CT
Support Services
DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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Full Spectrum Therapeutics
(203) 758-0755
4 Summit Rd
Prospect, CT
Support Services
Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Psychological Counseling, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Debra Anastasio, ND
(203) 271-1311
408 Highland Ave.
Cheshire, CT
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention

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Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Connecticut, Inc.
(860) 523-4951
P.O. Box 370312
West Hartford, CT
Support Services
Legal Services, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Richard B. Freeman
(203) 459-4567
14 Twisted Oak Circle
Trumbull, CT
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Legal Services, Other, Support Organization

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Jonathan E. Goodman, N.D.
(860) 584-5746
5 Maple St.
Bristol, CT
Support Services
Biomedical Intervention, DAN! Pediatrics, Medical

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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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