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Focus Ladder
(484) 326-9423
475 Prospect St.
Springfield, PA
Support Services
Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult

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Mental Health Association in Delaware
(800) 345-6785
100 West 10th St., Suite 600
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Parent Information Center of Delaware (Wilmington Office)
(302) 764-3252
3707 N. Market St. (PAL Center)
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Other, Support Organization

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Wanna Play Program
(610) 853-2898
8701-A West Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA
Support Services
Camps, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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The Sun
(302) 777-7273
Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Other

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Community Legal Aid Society
(800) 292-7980 or 302-575-0660
100 West 10th St, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services

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United Way of Delaware
(866) 892-9335 or (302) 573-3700
The Linden Bldg., 3rd Floor, 625 North Orange Street
Wilmington, DE
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Support Organization

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Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
(800) 870-DATI or (302) 651-6790
Univ of Delaware - A.I DuPont Hospital
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Disabilities Law Information
(302) 575-0660
Community Service Building, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Legal Services

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Delaware Division of Vocational Rehab.
(302) 761-8275
4225 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE
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Government/State Agency

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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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