- Your child will never speak.
- Your child will never feel or express emotion.
- Your child will never have friends.
- Your child will not know the difference between you and a stranger.
- Your child will not be cured of autism, it’s a life-long disorder.
- Your child will never be “normal.”
- Your child will be better off institutionalized, so you can focus on your other children.
These statements are simply other people’s beliefs. Prognosis, by definition, is a prediction of how a future outcome may develop. The real question is: what do youbelieve about your child’s prognosis?
- Not long ago, it was believed that the brain stopped developing after early childhood. There’s exciting research in neuroscience that suggests the brain keeps growing. Our brains are elastic not static! The Wikipedia Article titled Neuroplasiticity states, “During most of the 20th century, the consensus among neuroscientists was that brain structure is relatively immutable after a critical period during early childhood. This belief has been challenged by findings revealing that many aspects of the brain remain plastic even into adulthood.”
- Our brains change in response to our experiences. In the journal NACD, the article, Neurodevelopment Perspectives on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Robert J. Doman Jr. states, “Specific auditory, visual, and tactile input stimulates the brain and triggers neuro-growth that physically changes the brain and its function.”
These findings tell us that our children have flexibility baked into their DNA and that they are influenced by sensory exposure. In other words, whatever you focus on with your child will grow his/her brain. The Son-Rise Program® principles are ideal tools to foster growth in your child.
5. Join your child’s exclusive and repetitious behaviors. As your child grows, self-imposed, exclusive breaks are an important part of their learning process. A study from New York University shows that the brain learns more effectively when it has periods of “wake rest.” This resting state helps the mind focus and retain what we’ve just learned. Son-Rise Program Child Facilitatorshave witnessed many children learn a new skill after being exclusive for some time.
Remember that believing in your child’s limitless potential influences what you offer them, and helps grow their brain! I hope you have fun inspiring your child to grow those billions and billions of brilliant neural pathways, and showering your love upon them!