Category: Autism

How to Create a Predictable Environment So Your Child Can Thrive

“Your child or adult on the autism spectrum can often experience the world around them as unpredictable. When your child perceives their environment as unpredictable, it becomes difficult for them to engage with people and to flourish. “How the world is can seem extremely out of control to your child. This is because a person…
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Practice being curious with your child

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure, and a love of play.”   Henri Matisse French painter 1869–1954   “For this week, we at the Autism Treatment Center of America® invite you 😊 – to practice being curious with your child on the autism spectrum using some of…
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Two Fun Ways to Work on Gross Motor Skills with Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

“Standing, walking, running, jumping, crawling, rolling, sitting upright, throwing, catching, and kicking a ball – these are some examples of gross motor skills. Strengthening gross motor skills promotes health and refines balance, strength, muscle endurance, and coordination. “At The Autism Treatment Center of America®, we use The Son-Rise Program® approach to make learning fun and motivating…
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The Perfect Moment to Create a Son-Rise Program for your Child is Now

“Do you want to create a Son-Rise Program for your child on the Autism spectrum, but at the same time, you keep waiting for the perfect moment to begin? “Maybe you have been waiting… • “To feel more energized and motivated to do the work? • “For your spouse to be on the same page…
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Why does my child stim? And how do I approach it?

“Self-Stimulating Behaviors, more commonly known as ‘Stimming,’ are various repetitious actions that children and adults on the autism spectrum do. Stimming could look like: Pacing back and forth, hand-flapping, jumping, spinning, staring, lining up objects, making repetitious sounds, asking a question repeatedly, or, if your child is highly-verbal – talking intensely about a topic of…
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What to do When You Feel Overwhelmed

“Nobody said that autism parenting would be easy. Yet some of the strongest, and most persistent parents we have met at the Autism Treatment Center of America®, are those of children on the autism spectrum. Autism parenting takes work and dedication, and while it is possible to parent your child with an attitude of peace…
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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 children on the autism spectrum! When children on the autism spectrum look at us, they are interested in us, and might be ready to engage…
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The Importance of Connecting Before Requesting

“Your child with autism experiences many different requests and demands daily. It happens in school, in therapies, with their peers, or at home with their family members. As a parent, it is understandable to make requests of your child. After all, you want to see your child become social and be able to relate to…
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Let our Children be our Teachers!!

“Our children with Autism explore the world around them, with great curiosity…showing NO JUDGMENTS to any situation or person… “Can WE embrace OUR CHILDREN with this same degree or curiosity and acceptance?” Camila Titone, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

Three Fun Holiday Activities to Play with Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

“Pin the nose on the snowman! 1. “Print off an image of a cartoon snowman and an image of a carrot from the internet. 2. “Cut the carrot out with scissors, and put some tape on the back. The carrot will act as the snowman’s nose. 3. “Tape the snowman to the wall of the…
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