Category: General

Be a friend to a child with autism!

By Brandi Davis, Senior Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator I had a father ask me recently, “Where do you get all of your energy from? Do you drink Red Bull? Do you drink lots of coffee? How do you keep your energy up for so long?” Now, this dedicated and sweet father just watched our team…
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Trust your child’s red lights!

By Brandi Davis, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator While in the playroom, my friend gave me a Red Light and then continued to do so for 2 hours. I, of course, followed his lead and used our Son-Rise Program® technique of Joining, as he repetitiously pushed his orange letters across the floor. I did not need…
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Four Reasons to Stop and Listen When Helping Your Child Talk

Imagine that your child is already trying to talk. Now, entertain the idea that your son, or daughter may already be saying words, or parts of words. Open your heart up to the belief that your child is trying to verbally communicate every single day. Because, when we believe that our children are trying to…
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Determining if your child is ready for play

Help With Determining If Your Child Is Ready To Play: In The Son-Rise Program® we talk about Green Lights and Red Lights. If your child is giving you Red Lights they are indicating to you that they are not ready to play, or interact yet. Green Lights are when your child is indicating that they…
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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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How to set boundaries with our children in a Son-Rise Program way

Setting boundaries is an essential part of parenting and it’s a very important piece of helping our children grow to be healthy, well-functioning adults. Setting boundaries is an act of love!!!! In The Son-Rise Program®, we set boundaries in three main areas: Things to do with a child’s safety and hygiene, the safety and wellbeing…
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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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Organizing Your Child’s First Playdate

So the time has come, it’s the moment you have been waiting for, your child is ready for some peer interaction…their first play date!!! (Or “hang out session” if your child is older.) Let’s talk about how to go about arranging this. First of all, get your thinking cap on and start to brainstorm with…
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Joining 101

Joining 101 “Joining” is not only an attitudinal fundamental of The Son-Rise Program®, but also a core technique we can apply with our children. When we join our children’s isms (stims) alongside them, we are visibly practicing our love and acceptance of them, and creating a stronger bond with them. Recently I was reflecting on…
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Green Lights: What are they and what to do when your child gives you one?

I am so excited to share with you some useful tips about how to help your child follow your invitation to play! In The Son–Rise Program® we joyfully invite our children to play with us only when they have given us a Green Light, or a collection of Green Lights. Remember when you are assessing your…
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