Category: Acceptance

Inspiring Your Child To Form Clear Single Words

“In The Son-Rise Program®, we never give up on communication with our children. We passionately and joyfully persist in finding ways to help our children on the Autism Spectrum communicate. One of the first communication skills we work on with our sweet children is helping them verbally communicate what they want or don’t want, using…
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Help Your Highly Verbal Child Answer Personal Questions

“If you have a child or adult (on the Autism Spectrum) who is highly verbal and can answer questions about factual information (e.g ‘Where is the soccer ball?’ ‘Who is the girl wearing the red coat?’ ‘Which character is this in the book?’), but they seem to have a challenge answering personal questions (that require…
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Raising a child with Autism Persistence versus Perfection

“What is the most important quality for a parent who wants to help their child on the Autism Spectrum? “As a parent of a child with Autism: • Do you feel guilty when your child is having a tantrum or seems to be in pain but you don’t know what is causing it and how…
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Laughing Helps Learning!

“What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear! “Other than adding some fun to life, does laughter help us in any other ways? Most importantly, will laughter help our children on the autism spectrum learn? The answer is … YES! Humor helps retain learning. “In The Son-Rise Program® playroom, we play…
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What to Do When Potty Training Efforts Have Stalled

Potty training takes persistence and patience on the part of any parent, but this goes double for the parents of children challenged by autism and autism spectrum disorders. Your child may have difficulty giving up established routines, communicating, have sensory issues or even have low muscle tone, all of which can make toilet training into…
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Fully Recovered From Autism: Jake’s Son-Rise Program Journey

Brian and his wife, Susan, came to the Autism Treatment Center of America® in 1998 to attend the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. Since Jake’s recovery in 2002 Brian and his wife joined the staff here at the Autism Treatment Center of America and have supported thousands of parents. Here’s Jake’s Journey: Jake has fully recovered from…
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Top 7 Autism Books We Recommend for the Entire Family

We have families reach out to us all the time looking for books or resources to really help them understand and ultimately find ways to better support their children with Autism. We have listed our top 7 favorite Autism Books we often recommend for families seeking advice on dietary needs, ways to approach autism, and…
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Early Signs of Autism

If you are the parents of a child you think might be on the autism spectrum, the first thing for you to know is that you don’t have to be afraid. There is help out there that can really change things for your lovely child. And if you’ve heard that an autism diagnosis is a…
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What Matters Most

by Bryn Hogan Executive Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America®& Deputy CEO of the Option Institute®   We have so many things we want our children to learn … so many goals:  We want them to sit at the table for a meal, use words to communicate what they want and what they feel, dress themselves,…
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Autism Parenting: Should We Do the Opposite of What Everyone’s Telling Us?

Article by: Raun K. Kaufman Director of Global Education Autism Treatment Center of America® Facing the turmoil of an autism diagnosis, it’s totally understandable for us to feel pressured into using an approach with our children that doesn’t feel right to us. Most parents of children on the autism spectrum have been told that they…
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