Picture this: A boy 6 years old, with short hair and skinny legs, dressed in shorts and a red t-shirt with the words,”Miracles in Progress” on the front. He is running in circles around the room, saying to himself, “Bat man – help me.” He darts to the center of the room spins very fast in circles with his arms out to balance himself. Then he falls to the floor grabbing his leg, (as if he has just hurt it) all the time looking in the mirror while making a “comic pained ” face. Then he gets up and repeats the whole thing again.
Beside him is an adult dressed in a blue t-shirt with the words, ‘Son-Rise Program Staff” on the front, and a black cape around her shoulders, running around the room shouting to herself, “Bat- man – help me” She darts to the middle of the room spins in circles with her arms out to balance herself, falls to the floor grabbing her leg, (as if she has hurt herself) all the time looking in the mirror while making a”comic pained” face. Then she gets up and repeats the whole thing again.
This carries on for approximately 18 minutes before the boy stops tums to the adult in the cape and takes her hand and spins around with her while looking straight into her eyes.
This is love in action, social connection being formed between Son-Rise Therapists and autistic children every day at The autism Treatment Center of America.