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Jeanne Belli, RN, CHt, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor Consultant
(303) 731-0074
1776 S Jackson St
Denver, CO
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Adult Support, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Chiropractors, Doctor Referrals, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Doctors, Naturopathic / Homeopathy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Lawyers (Vaccine Lawsuits), Play Therapy, Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior, Vision Therapy
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Early Childhood Connections (Adams County)
(303) 450-0852
2727 West 92nd Avenue, Suite 103
Federal Heights, CO
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Early Intervention, Support Organization

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Northwest Physical Therapy Clinic
(303) 456-8967
7878 Wadsworth Blvd Ste. 300
Arvada, CO
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Child Find- District 12: Northglenn
(303) 451-1173
10280 N. Huron
Denver, CO
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Child Find- District 1 - Mapleton
(303) 853-1153
602 E. 64th Avenue
Denver, CO
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Early Intervention

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Colorado Training Associates Inc.
(303) 429-0345
8771 Wolf Court Suite 120
Westminister, CO
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Child find: DISTRICT 50 - WESTMINSTER
(303) 428-1560
4476 W. 68th Ave
Westminster, CO
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Guardianship Alliance
(303) 423-2898
P.O. Box 740745
Arvada, CO
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North Metro Community Services (Administration)
(303) 457-1001
1001 W 124th Avenue
Denver, CO
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Adult Support, Other, Residential, Support Organization

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ARC OF ADAMS COUNTY
(303) 428-0310
11698 Huron Street ? Suite 106
Northglenn, CO
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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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