Category: Attitude

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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What is the best learning environment for your child? Group setting with peers or a one-on-one setting with an adult?

“The answer to this question can vary hugely depending primarily on two factors: a) Your child’s ability to regulate themselves, process, and filter sensory input. b) What level your child is currently at in their social development. “Determining what is the best learning environment for your child will help you address any learning differences your…
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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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Feeling Energized with the 3 E’s

“In The Son-Rise Program, we use the wonderful technique of using the 3 E’s (Energy, Excitement, and Enthusiasm) when we are with our children on the Autism Spectrum. The reason we want to use the 3 E’s is that when are energetic, excited, and enthusiastic we become a beacon of light and passion for our…
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How Introducing Props Helps Your Child Play with Friends

“In The Son-Rise Program®, we want to help our children on the Autism spectrum feel confident when interacting with peers. We want them to feel successful when creating friendships. We want our children to understand what playing with other people looks like. If we help our children with this skill now, they will be ready…
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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…
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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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Three Ways to Help You Feel Energized and Excited When Helping Your Child!

Countless families have asked me over the years how I remain so energetic when helping children on the Autism spectrum. I’ve heard variations of: “How do you do it?” “How many cups of coffee do you need to drink in the morning?” “Are you really this energetic every single week?” “How do you keep having…
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I Know You Before You Say A Word

FROM BEARS (Barry Neil Kaufman): I know you before you say a word. How is that possible? We listen to what people say (although sometimes not attentively). We gather data from their words. Isn’t that how we get to know each other? Yes…and no. We also notice facial expressions, we see body language and movements……
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