Encouraging Spontaneity for a Child or Adult on the Autism Spectrum

“Prompting or assisting our children to learn certain skills can be very helpful in the early stages of teaching a new skill. However, eventually, we would want our children to be able to use that skill spontaneously (on their own, without the prompt) for the skill to have an impact in their lives. For example,…
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Our Children Understand A Lot More…

“Does your child not respond when you call him/her? “Does your child rarely follow a command? “Do you wonder if your child can even understand what you are saying? “It might even seem like your child has a challenge with their receptive language (with their understanding of language)… “We believe (here at the Autism Treatment…
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What To Consider … When You Are Taking Your Child On Outings.

“Picture this scenario: you just had a sweet moment with your child on the Autism Spectrum giving him, or her, tickles, and kisses. Your child is laughing and coming back for more. You are so happy to have the connection. You suddenly realize what time it is and you need to go to the store…
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Asking for Help

“When you have a child who is on the Autism Spectrum, a child who is different and requires more focus than the typical child might, a wonderful way to get support is to ask for help. Have you noticed how we are discouraged from asking for help? We are taught throughout our lives that we…
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“Will my child ever overcome their autism diagnosis?”

We often hear the question “Will my child ever overcome their autism diagnosis?” from parents that we work with. We totally understand a parent’s desire to want to know that everything will be OK for their child, wanting to make sure that their child on the autism spectrum, can have a chance at having a…
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The Son-Rise Program® Approach to Wearing Masks

MASKS!!! They come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Love them or hate them, as long as this pandemic continues (and perhaps for the rest of our lives in some way, shape, or form), we all need to wear them. Masks are very much here in our lives and the lives of…
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Special Message To All You Amazing Moms and Dads (caregivers)!

We are almost a whole year into the pandemic! And even with all the restrictions in place, our culture is still pushing for us to accomplish more, create more, and to better ourselves. We MUST eat healthier foods, we SHOULD exercise more, we HAVE TO be kinder, MORE flexible, etc. At the Autism Treatment Center of America®, home of The Son-Rise Program®, we have worked…
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A Letter From a Long Time Son-Rise Program Mum to All of You!

You are just the person with whom I so want to connect.  I have a now 27 year old son, Sean, on the Autism Spectrum, and like you, have been on a very long and winding road with this wonderfully special child of mine. I have long wanted to help put together a program for…
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How to Deepen Your Connection with Your Child

Over the past 35 years, many parents have shared with us, that there can be times they feel disconnected from their children with Autism. They want to find a way to reach them in these moments, and often don’t know-how. We understand how much you love, and want the best for your child, so here’s…
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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…
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