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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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Here are some fun ideas to do with your children while celebrating the end of the year and the Holidays!

“Using 12 blank pieces of paper or individual cards, write down the fun activities below on each card: “Write Holiday Cards for your neighbors or stuffed animals. “Learn how to sing a new Holiday song. “Go on a nature walk and pick different fun things (twigs, pine cones, acorns, rocks, seeds, etc) – then make…
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Autism-Friendly Holiday Tips

“Autism does not take a break for the holidays. Although the holidays can be a great time to bond with family, you will know that with a child on the autism spectrum, the festive period comes with its fair share of challenges. Here are some survival tips for the holidays, so you and your child…
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Joining the Ism

“Since the Autism Treatment Center opened in 1983, there have been families upon families visiting our custom-designed Son-Rise Program playroom learning The Son-Rise Program® techniques. The essential technique that set us apart from all other therapies of that time, and which has revolutionized Autism treatment to this day, is The Son-Rise Program technique … Joining…
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Is Anxiety Affecting Your Child on the Autism Spectrum?

“Anxiety is extremely prevalent among children and teenagers in our world today. More than ever before, do we hear of such a huge proportion of our young people experiencing immense levels of anxiety on a daily basis… Although this subject might seem very complex, the solution can be a lot more simple than we realize.…
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Respond to Your Child’s Cues

“One extremely simple thing you can do to inspire your child to want to connect with people more often, is to respond to their cues. Our children’s cues mean – any communication, body language, or indication of their needs they could be using. When we respond to any and all cues our children give, we…
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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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Increase Your Child’s Interactive Attention Span with Slapstick Humor

“Slapstick Humor: What is it? When Tom chases Jerry and falls down a hole. When Cookie Monster munches all the cookies and say ‘nom nom nom nom’, when Sneezy the Dwarf has a HUGE SNEEZE coming and then lets it out. When Mr. Bean falls on the floor coughing and spluttering in the perfume department…
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Inspiring Your Child To Form Clear Single Words

“In The Son-Rise Program®, we never give up on communication with our children. We passionately and joyfully persist in finding ways to help our children on the Autism Spectrum communicate. One of the first communication skills we work on with our sweet children is helping them verbally communicate what they want or don’t want, using…
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Help your child play with you!

Use What Your Child Currently Loves To Do As A Way To Help Them Play With You! By Brandi Davis-Son-Rise Program® Senior Child Facilitator I would love to share with all of you how I helped our newest friend play with me yesterday! He is 7-years-old, on the Autism spectrum, and he has a laugh…
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