AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER OF AMERICA®

The Parent – The Pillar of the Son-Rise Program

“One of The Son-Rise Program Principles taught by the Autism Treatment Center of America is that the Parent is the child’s best resource. No one knows the child or adult on the Autism Spectrum better than the parent, no professional or teacher, and no one loves the child in a more unconditional way than the…
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The Importance of Being Curious About our Children’s Experience

“One of the guiding principles we teach in The Son-Rise Program® is for the parent or caregiver to ‘Seek to Understand’ their child on the Autism Spectrum. Having the intention to become more curious about the experience and behaviors of our children (and adults) on the spectrum, has been a game-changer for many parents and…
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Taking it One Step at a Time

“Will my child ever reach their goals? “How many months, years, etc., will my child need therapy? “How will I ever accomplish it all… get through the day, week, month, or year? “These are just some of the questions we hear that come up for parents and caregivers in our work with families affected by…
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Fun Hat Activity

“This activity is easy to prepare and easy to play with your child, it’s also super fun! During this activity, you can encourage your child to engage with you by looking in your eyes and even physically participating in the game. “All you will need is a few different types of hats. The hats can…
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KINDNESS KORNER #5: CELEBRATE KINDNESS IN EACH OTHER

“Why is Kindness important? “Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others or yourself, motivated by genuine warm feelings and an intention to be caring. Kindness often means putting other people’s needs before our own. It could be by giving up our seat on a bus to someone who might need it more or…
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What to do When Life with our Children Doesn’t Meet our Expectations

“When we become parents, we have all kinds of hopes and dreams for our new life with our precious child. As we eagerly watch their personalities unfold, we hold all kinds of expectations about how they will grow and develop. For example, most parents would say they would want and expect their children to be…
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New Food Fun

“What do you say to an Avocado who’s done a good job? BRAVOCADO! “What did the pecan say to the walnut? I’m so glad we’re friends because we’re both nuts! “Why was the cucumber confused? Because it was in a pickle! “What do you call blueberries playing the guitar? A jam session! “As a child,…
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Believe that you can…Because you can!

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein“This morning, while my family and I were getting ready for the day, my younger daughter who is 6 years old, came into the kitchen and asked me to fix her hair in…
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KINDNESS KORNER #4

“Hello and Welcome to our Kindness Korner post #4: MODEL ‘being kind’ to your child on the Autism Spectrum. “Why do we want our children to be kind to others? “Learning to be kind to others will enhance any child’s relationship skills as well as be a beneficial experience for them. We want this for…
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Our Children Understand Us

“At The Autism Treatment Center of America, we have had the incredible honor of working with thousands of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. It has been our experience time and again, that our children understand so much more than they are actually able to show us. “Our children are moving through the world…
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