Category: Flexibility

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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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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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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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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What To Consider … When You Are Taking Your Child On Outings.

“Picture this scenario: you just had a sweet moment with your child on the Autism Spectrum giving him, or her, tickles, and kisses. Your child is laughing and coming back for more. You are so happy to have the connection. You suddenly realize what time it is and you need to go to the store…
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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 of America®, home of The Son-Rise Program®, we have worked…
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Tips for Introducing New Toys and Games to Your Child with Autism

Do you find that your child has a challenge with playing new games? Are they controlling when you introduce a new toy, or prop? Do they say “no,” or take those toys out of your hand? Many parents who have a child on the Autism spectrum find this to be true for their children. If…
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Giving Your Child Explanations

Explanations are the key to opening up countless doorways of success for your child: Before you continue reading this article, take some time to reflect on the question that I am about to ask you. Give this question real consideration and challenge yourself to be honest and thoughtful. After all, there is never a right…
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Creating & Sustaining Interactions with Your Child to Help Them to Become More Social

Autism is a social relational disorder. Creating and sustaining interactions with our children is a core factor in helping them become more social. What is an interaction? Well, an interaction could be anything from a tickle, to a board game, from you singing a song, to a conversation, from reading together, to wiping up a…
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