You have “Red Light” moments too … it’s not just your child on the Autism spectrum

“Have you noticed that sometimes you might be impatient and even rude to the very people who are the closest to you, who help you the most, and who are your biggest supporters? “Guess what! You are not alone… And wait, do you also then feel guilty for having shouted at the wonderful person who…
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Joining the Ism

“Since the Autism Treatment Center opened in 1983, there have been families upon families visiting our custom-designed Son-Rise Program playroom learning The Son-Rise Program® techniques. The essential technique that set us apart from all other therapies of that time, and which has revolutionized Autism treatment to this day, is The Son-Rise Program technique … Joining…
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Autism Toileting Tips using Son-Rise Program techniques from the Autism Treatment Center of America®

“One of the areas that we, as a human race are extremely diverse around… is our toileting experience! • Some cultures sit on their toilets • Others squat above their toilets • Some are very particular about the type of toilet paper they use • Some cultures prefer to use a bidet • Do you…
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How do we address the seemingly immeasurable list of things to do when parenting a child on the autism spectrum?

“From therapies to special diets, doctors’ appointments, sleepless nights, cooking, cleaning, keeping your child safe, researching, finding time for your other children… “Can anyone relate??? ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ – Lao Tzu “We take one step at a time and trust that whatever we get done at that moment…
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Five Game Ideas for Fine Motor Skills

“If your child on the autism spectrum has a challenge with their fine motor skills – here are some activities you can try to make practicing these skills fun and motivating for your child. 1) “Clothes Line Balloons! For our children who love balloons and anticipation. “Attach a long piece of string from one side…
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The Importance of Putting Yourself First

Self Care for Autism Parents “When you are feeling tired, stressed, and overwhelmed, it’s challenging to be the parent you strive to be. Why? Overwhelm takes up a lot of your energy and can leave you utterly exhausted. From this perspective, it’s certainly not as easy to access the loving, resourceful, creative parent inside you…
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KINDNESS KORNER #8: KINDNESS IS … SEEING THE ‘GIFTS’ OF AUTISM.

“As a parent or caregiver of a child on the autism spectrum, you have probably heard countless messages about the perceived deficits of having autism. There has been much scientific research proving the brain of people on the spectrum is different from the brain of a neurotypical person. However, researchers are now starting to see…
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Say “Ahhh”: The Dreaded Dentist Visit

‘How can I prepare my child for a dentist or doctor’s visit?’ “Here are some practical actions from the Autism Treatment Center of America® using some of The Son-Rise Program® Principles you can take to support your child, in what parents typically report as being a nightmare-type situation for their children on the autism spectrum:…
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Being Playful Can be a Goal

“As parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum, there are literally hundreds of goals we could focus on right? IEP goals, speech goals, PT and OT goals, self-help goals, academic goals… the list goes on. It might sometimes feel like we could spend a lifetime working on all these goals and never be…
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KINDNESS KORNER #7: KINDNESS IS … ACCEPTING EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.

“Hello, wonderful Autism parent/caregiver!   “We at the Autism Treatment Center of America know that you, as a parent/caregiver of someone on the autism spectrum, often experience situations where your child does something you do not understand. In fact, I may have just described what could be your regular, daily experience.   “Having an attitude…
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