As you can see he is a very handsome 14 year old. Some of his greatest loves in life are his Mom, putting colored glue in the palm of his hand and peeling it off, pop music and food.. He has the sweetest eyes, is incredible fun to play with and he has autism.
Franco and his Mom Vivi live in Argentina. I was fortunate enough to do a Son-Rise program Outreach with this family last month. Thank you Vivi for welcoming me so warmly into your home. Vivi was the first Argentine family to find out about the Son-Rise Program and travel to The Autism Treatment Center of America to do The Son-Rise Program Start Up. When Vivi first started her Son-Rise program with Franco he was 12 years old, completely non verbal, having yet to say his first word. He had very low eye contact and did not interact with his family, spending most of his days exclusively in his own world.
He is now 14 years old and Vivi has been running his Son-Rise Program for the last two years. He now speaks in 2-3 word phrases, and has just started to tell his family and friends what he was doing the day before, the beginnings of mini conversations!!!! He interacts for up to 15 minutes at a time, talking, looking and taking turns in games with his volunteers.
There are professionals who will tell you that your child cannot learn past a certain age. Here in the Son-Rise Program we have seen children in their teens just as Franco and in their 20’s and 30’s begin to speak and make significant changes in their social development. Take Franco as your inspiration that your child has every possibility to make changes.
Hurray to you Franco for doing the work to make these changes within yourself.
Hurray to you Vivi for creating a strong program for your child, and always searching for answers.
Hurray to the Son-Rise program for giving hope to families across the globe.
We do take Vivi and his son as one of our biggest inspirations, as Argentinian I feel very proud of her. Thank you!
Adriana (Santino's mum)