Practice Autism Acceptance

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! It is the month the world acknowledges and celebrates our children and families affected by autism (at the Autism Treatment Center of America, we celebrate and acknowledge autism every day.) However, awareness and acceptance alone don’t make much of a difference without action. Taking meaningful action to support…
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PARENTING APPROACH – Being on the “Same Page” to Help Your Autistic Child

Raising your child on the autism spectrum can be a gift, given their many individual passions, talents, and strengths. It brings a set of unique challenges to you. You and your spouse or partner may experience a mix of emotions, including love, joy, frustration, and stress, as you navigate the complexities of autism. Here at…
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Predictability – The Key that Allows your Child to Thrive

“Predictability can have a powerful impact on a person’s emotional well-being. Predictability gives us a sense of control over our relationship with the world and the people around us, which helps us to feel safe. “If having a sense of control and predictability is important for the Neurotypical mind, it is a thousand times more…
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Empowering Autism Parents

“Autism parenting certainly does not come with an instruction manual. However, being able to support your own attitudinal experience along the way will make your journey a whole lot sweeter. One way to support yourself and your child along the way is to focus more on what you can control and worry less about what you cannot control.   “Two examples of…
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Helping Your Child be Spontaneous instead of Compliant

“Spontaneity is: when your child on the autism spectrum chooses by themselves to do a specific skill, because they want to, because it’s appealing, and they find it fun to do so… These skills could be: · “to connect with another person · “to look at another person · “to talk to another person ·…
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3 Important Son-Rise Program Beliefs

1. Autism is a social-relational challenge. “It’s very commonplace to approach autism as if it’s a behavioral disorder. Autism can also be referred to as a learning disorder, a language deficit, or an intellectual disability, among many other things. The Son-Rise Program at the Autism Treatment Center of America finds our children’s most significant challenges…
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Three Summertime Activities to Play with your Child on the Autism Spectrum

From the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program Create a Bug Hotel “Collect items to make your Bug Hotel, you’ll need: · An empty plastic two-liter bottle (cut into two cylinders) · Seeds, sticks, pinecones, moss, leaves, a piece of bamboo, and other nature items for bugs to hide in. “When your…
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Joining Creates the Bond You May Be Looking for With Your Child

from the Autism Treatment Center of America  “When your child on the Autism Spectrum is stimming (doing repetitious, self-stimulating behaviors), it signals that their world feels unpredictable, and their brain is overloaded. Your child stims to create order in their world during these moments. When your children stims, they are also in a Red Light,…
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Helping Your Child Be Spontaneous Instead of Compliant

“Spontaneity is: when your child on the autism spectrum chooses by themselves to do a specific skill because they want to, because it’s appealing, and they find it fun to do so… These skills could be: to connect with another person to look at another person to talk to another person to be a part…
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Prioritize Social Skills Before Other Skills from the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program

“As an autism parent, there are many skills that you might like your child to learn. From holding a spoon, toilet-training, brushing their teeth, buttoning their pants, learning to read… Plus lots more! These are all beneficial skills for your child on the autism spectrum to accomplish; however, nothing is more valuable than inspiring your…
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