Category: General

Handling Criticism From Others

There is no shortage of opinions, from other parents, teachers, family members, doctors, therapists, the person behind you in line at the grocery store. So what can you do when others say unkind or judgmental things about your child or parenting? You can tell yourself: • Other people’s criticism about me or my child is about…
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Getting started with The Son-Rise Program® on a budget

If you are on a budget and want to run a Son-Rise Program, do not let finances hold you back. Get started right away with the following ideas! Playroom Ideas:  Instead of setting up a specially adapted playroom, you can use your child’s bedroom for now. Clean out the clutter to make it distraction free…
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Read what Doctors are saying about The Son-Rise Program®!

“In my practice of psychiatry in a teaching hospital over several decades, I have never been introduced to a set of clinical principles as powerful, elegant and effective as those of The Son-Rise Program. By joining children in their world, practitioners of The Son-Rise Program endeavor to eliminate the sense of isolation so often experienced…
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Helping Your Neurotypical Child Love Their Special Sibling!

How can we help our neurotypical children understand and love their special siblings? Being the sibling of a child with Autism could be a challenge or a blessing – It depends on what we teach to our neurotypical children! Our neurotypical children are sponges. They are constantly learning from us. Let’s become aware of what we…
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The Son-Rise Program® is Doctor Recommended!

“I am a physician who treats thousands of children & adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and I have seen Raun K. Kaufman and The Son-Rise Program in action both for my own son and for countless others. The Program is sensible and useful for affected persons with ASD’s of all ages, and I refer patients to The…
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Why hope is essential for your child’s future growth!

In the world of Autism today, there is a great focus on what our children are not doing and on all their challenges. Think of all the IEPs, teacher’s and doctor’s reports, letters sent home etc. There is rarely a celebration for who our children are and for what they are doing! This can lead…
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Getting started with “joining!”

In last week’s blog, we suggested you spend one-on-one time with your child noticing the way he/she “operates,” and noticing some of their behaviors.  Starting today, if you can, spend 15 – 30 minutes with your child one-on-one doing that. When spending one-on-one time with your child, you may notice your child doing some of…
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Understanding and Observing Your Child!

Your child is very intelligent and capable! All of his/her behaviors are meaningful! It is super important to recognize that even though our children might be different than their neuro-typical peers, they are NOT  less intelligent or less capable, they just operate differently. Before we can help our children learn new skills, it is essential for us…
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How pausing can help your child talk!

If your child doesn’t say the word that you are helping them with, it’s not because they can’t talk, it’s not because they aren’t listening to you and it’s not because they don’t understand what you are saying. In fact, in The Son-Rise Program®, we often see that our children on the Autism spectrum simply…
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Inspiring our children to try new foods!

When we are with our children on the Autism spectrum, we are sending signals and messages to them all the time. Our children are incredibly tuned in to our attitude and tend to pick up on how we feel about certain things. For example, when we fear or anticipate that they might be about to…
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