Autism Sibling Support Groups Winchester VA

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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
(540) 450-2782
26 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Biomedical Intervention, Disability Advocacy, Doctor Referrals, Doctors, Immunology, Doctors, Metabolic Specialists, Doctors, Optometry / Behavioral Optometry, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Doctors, Pediatric Neurologist, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Haircuts & Photography, Health Food Stores / Markets, He
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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KidSkills Pediatric Therapy
(540) 535-0777
1849 Plaza Dr.
Winchester, VA
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Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Professional Education & Respite Service LLC
540-664-9886; 888-664-9886
PO Box 1015
Stephens City, VA
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Behavorial Intervention, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Mobile Moms, LLC
(540) 664-2821
1484 Westwood Rd
Berryville, VA
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Early Intervention, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Autism Solutions, LLC
(304) 724-0016
Monte Carlo Way
Charles Town, WV
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, RDI, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Winchester Area Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group
(540) 535-0777
Timbrook Safety Building
Winchester, VA
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Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Virginia Autism Resource Center -- Winchester Offices
(540) 542-1723 x 6405
P.O. Box 2500
Winchester, VA
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Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Hearts Desire Equine Assistive Rehab. Ctr.
(540) 955-0529
131 Allegheny Ridge Lane
Berryville, VA
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Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers

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Marymoe Cave
(540) 692-0905
front Royal, VA
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Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Floortime, Respite, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Kindergarten,Preschool

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Dower and Associates, Inc.
(703) 618-6180
9845 Business Way
Manassas, VA
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA/Discrete Trial, Academic Assessments, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support / Tutoring, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
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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