Category: Autism

Show Your Child They Have a Friend

“One of the biggest things we want to help our children on the Autism Spectrum with is the ability to relate to people, and socially engage with people. In The Son-Rise Program®, this is our biggest area of focus. Why? If our children can interact with other people in a stronger and deeper way, there…
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Let’s inspire a love of looking at people! Because the more our children look at us, the more they learn from us…

“Where our eyes go to, often indicates where our attention goes. The same is true for our children, when they spontaneously look at us, which indicates that most of their attention is on us. Our children are showing to us that in that moment they are interested in us and want to engage with us.…
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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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Encouraging Spontaneity for a Child or Adult on the Autism Spectrum

“Prompting or assisting our children to learn certain skills can be very helpful in the early stages of teaching a new skill. However, eventually, we would want our children to be able to use that skill spontaneously (on their own, without the prompt) for the skill to have an impact in their lives. For example,…
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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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A Letter From a Long Time Son-Rise Program Mum to All of You!

“You are just the person with whom I so want to connect.  I have a now 27 year old son, Sean, on the Autism Spectrum, and like you, have been on a very long and winding road with this wonderfully special child of mine. I have long wanted to help put together a program for…
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A Guide to Approaching the Holidays with Your Child

Would you like to move through this holiday season with more comfort and ease? Please know that we absolutely want to help you achieve this. Below, we have laid out some steps that will help you create a fun, relaxed and special experience for you, your beautiful child and your entire family. 1) Allow your child…
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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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