Category: Attitude

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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tantrums

Understanding the Difference Between Meltdowns & Tantrums

Tantrums and meltdowns are hard to understand, tough to prevent, and seemingly impossible to handle when they happen. Meltdowns and tantrums can look alike at first glance, especially when your child is in the middle of one, but the two are actually very different. This is particularly true for children with sensory processing issues, like…
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Creating personal change and inspiring our children to do the same.

As parents and caregivers of children and adults on the autism spectrum, we naturally have a strong desire for our children to learn and grow. This is because we want them to thrive and succeed in their lives. On the same note, if we wish that for them and aim to inspire them to grow,…
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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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Motivation is the key to all social interactions

Article by: Camila Titone Son-Rise Program® Teacher Senior Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator This morning I was in the Son-Rise Program® playroom, here at the Autism Treatment Center of America® with our very sweet five year old friend. He had very fine, long, blonde hair and he loved to move his head around and watch his own hair hit his…
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Tantrums No More

TANTRUMS NO MORE. (REALLY!)By: Raun K. KaufmanDirector of Global Education, Autism Treatment Center of America®Does your child scream, hit, pinch, or throw objects when things don’t go his/her way (or sometimes for no reason you can fathom)? Here’s what to do: The First Half: I don’t understand tantrums.1) ATTITUDE FIRST. It is absolutely crucial that…
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In love

From Gaby: There comes a time in every mothers life were she almost (am I kidding myself) is not the most important person in the life of her son. The moment he falls in love for the first time. Age 12 Tybalt is over his head and ears in love. It brings back memories to…
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When Parents Change, So Do Their Children

FROM GERD: I just had the great pleasure and privilege to teach a family from England, Natalie and Mark Armstrong and work with their beautiful son Jack in their Son-Rise Program Intensive here at The Option Institute. On day one, Natalie and Mark changed their beliefs about what kind of session they had in the…
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Tips on Training Volunteers

FROM SIMONE – As I mentioned in my previous blog about recruiting volunteers I was going to share my experience of running a Son-Rise Program since 2005, I am a Brazilian Mom to an English 9 year old autistic boy, we live in London in the United Kingdom. Before becoming a Son-Rise Program Mom I…
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What do I Want?

FROM BECKY: This morning, here at The Autism Treatment Center of America in our Son-Rise Program Intensive, I was teaching the Mother of an adorable 9 year old boy with Autism. Something I noticed from observing this lovely Mom in the playroom was that she wasn’t building (offering a fun action) when her son gave…
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