AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER OF AMERICA®

Category: General

What to do When Life with our Children Doesn’t Meet our Expectations

“When we become parents, we have all kinds of hopes and dreams for our new life with our precious child. As we eagerly watch their personalities unfold, we hold all kinds of expectations about how they will grow and develop. For example, most parents would say they would want and expect their children to be…
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Gratitude is the heart of our Kindness Korner message #3!

“Probably one of the most powerful acts of Kindness we can perform is gratitude: for others, experiences, events, and ourselves. Gratitude is appreciating something or someone for its gifts and benefits to us. When we practice gratitude and take a moment to appreciate something, no matter how small, we are filled with that energy of…
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Does Humor Help Learning & Connection?

“A sense of humor can brighten up family life. You can blow raspberries on your baby’s belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse your first-grader. As kids grow into pre-teens and teens, their sense of what’s funny becomes more sophisticated and…
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Current Autism Therapy Not Working?

“Do you find that your child is currently not benefiting and learning from school or from his/ her therapies? Maybe you even find that your child seems stressed and resistant to them… “We can help! A major reason why our children on the Autism Spectrum do not respond to certain educational approaches is that many…
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Let’s talk about the Alternatives to Discipline!

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary – Definition of discipline (verb): 1. to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character 2. practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience “When working with parents from all over the world, from different cultures and…
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What to do when you feel your creativity is dried up!!!

“I had the honor of participating in Jade Hogan’s Son-Rise Program, a commitment of 5 years from start to finish! I remember at times, either as a team, or individually, we’d feel like our creativity had ‘dried up’. Maybe you have had those moments also.   “Here is what I came to learn from these…
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“When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking”

“I would love to share this beautiful poem with all of you – wonderful, loving, and dedicated Son-Rise Program parents and caregivers….” – Camila Titone, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher “When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking” Poem by: Mary Rita Schilke Korazan “When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on…
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Joining Creates the Bond You May Be Looking for

“When our children on the Autism Spectrum are stimming/isming (doing repetitious, self-stimulating behaviors,) they are showing us that their world is unpredictable and their brain is on overload. They ism as a way to create order in their lives. During these times, they need to go inwards to soothe and calm themselves in this erratic…
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Either DO WHAT YOU LOVE (if you can) or choose to LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

“If you ‘choose’ (and that is the important word) to wear a mask to protect yourself and others, then do it with joy, celebration, and gratitude. Let’s go to that word ‘choose.’ Some situations (actually, many) are thrust into our lives…unexpectedly and, often, without an invitation (like the Coronavirus pandemic). However, how we choose (ah,…
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Is Anxiety Affecting Your Child On The Autism Spectrum?

“There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help when their children seem to be experiencing anxiety. “Here are some loving and gentle ways to help your loved ones: • Anxiety is a sign that our children are experiencing stress in their daily life. A powerful way to help reduce their stress levels (and…
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