Category: Green Light/Red Light

Recognize When You Need a Break

If you have a child with autism, you might realize they seem to experience the world differently. Here at The Son-Rise Program®, we understand that autistic people have sensitive sensory systems and interpret sights, sounds, smells, textures, etc., with different degrees of intensity. This sometimes can make the world feel unpredictable and overwhelming to them.…
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Three Summertime Activities to Play with your Child on the Autism Spectrum

From the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program Create a Bug Hotel “Collect items to make your Bug Hotel, you’ll need: · An empty plastic two-liter bottle (cut into two cylinders) · Seeds, sticks, pinecones, moss, leaves, a piece of bamboo, and other nature items for bugs to hide in. “When your…
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Joining Creates the Bond You May Be Looking for With Your Child

from the Autism Treatment Center of America  “When your child on the Autism Spectrum is stimming (doing repetitious, self-stimulating behaviors), it signals that their world feels unpredictable, and their brain is overloaded. Your child stims to create order in their world during these moments. When your children stims, they are also in a Red Light,…
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The importance of varying the games you play with your child in The Son-Rise Program Playroom from the Autism Treatment Center of America

“Incorporating fun and playful variations to re-occurring activities that you regularly play with your child will ensure that you don’t become repetitive and rigid yourself when playing with them, and this will model to your child that being flexible is fun…   “If you have been implementing The Son-Rise Program with your child on the…
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Entertaining Your Child Helps Them Connect and Learn

“Connecting and relating to other people is the key to enhancing your special child’s ability to participate and be a part of the world around them. Being able to attend to and sustain their focus on another person is a prerequisite to your child being able to learn: more language, have peer interactions, and learn…
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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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