Category: Inspiration

What to Do When Potty Training Efforts Have Stalled

Potty training takes persistence and patience on the part of any parent, but this goes double for the parents of children challenged by autism and autism spectrum disorders. Your child may have difficulty giving up established routines, communicating, have sensory issues or even have low muscle tone, all of which can make toilet training into…
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A Special Message To You From Bears About Volunteers!

Dear Son-Rise Program Moms & Dads, Please read and share with your volunteers – this will inspire and reaffirm how working with your child with autism will also be life-changing for them!!! Love, Bears (Barry Neil Kaufman, Son-Rise Program Co-Creator) THIS IS A SUPER SPECIAL EMAIL from LauRha who worked as a volunteer in the very…
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Fully Recovered From Autism: Jake’s Son-Rise Program Journey

Brian and his wife, Susan, came to the Autism Treatment Center of America® in 1998 to attend the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. Since Jake’s recovery in 2002 Brian and his wife joined the staff here at the Autism Treatment Center of America and have supported thousands of parents. Here’s Jake’s Journey: Jake has fully recovered from…
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Top 7 Autism Books We Recommend for the Entire Family

We have families reach out to us all the time looking for books or resources to really help them understand and ultimately find ways to better support their children with Autism. We have listed our top 7 favorite Autism Books we often recommend for families seeking advice on dietary needs, ways to approach autism, and…
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Creating personal change and inspiring our children to do the same.

As parents and caregivers of children and adults on the autism spectrum, we naturally have a strong desire for our children to learn and grow. This is because we want them to thrive and succeed in their lives. On the same note, if we wish that for them and aim to inspire them to grow,…
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What is Autism? A Unique Perspective of Hope

Autism is unfortunately becoming a popular term nowadays. But what IS autism? Most professionals will tell you that autism is a neurological behavioral disorder. While it might be neurologically based, we believe it is important to define autism for yourself and your child in a way that builds towards a path of treatment, and hopefully…
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What Matters Most

by Bryn Hogan Executive Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America®& Deputy CEO of the Option Institute®   We have so many things we want our children to learn … so many goals:  We want them to sit at the table for a meal, use words to communicate what they want and what they feel, dress themselves,…
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Chapter 4 – Motivation: The Key to Everything.

Kate Wilde, Director, The Son-Rise Program Motivation is everything. We work harder, learn quicker and engage more when we are really interested and enjoying what we are doing. Raun K. Kaufman in his book, “Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method that has Helped Families All Over the World.” says: “Motivation is the engine of growth. It…
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Creating & Sustaining Interactions with Your Child to Help Them to Become More Social

Autism is a social relational disorder. Creating and sustaining interactions with our children is a core factor in helping them become more social. What is an interaction? Well, an interaction could be anything from a tickle, to a board game, from you singing a song, to a conversation, from reading together, to wiping up a…
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What do I Want?

FROM BECKY: This morning, here at The Autism Treatment Center of America in our Son-Rise Program Intensive, I was teaching the Mother of an adorable 9 year old boy with Autism. Something I noticed from observing this lovely Mom in the playroom was that she wasn’t building (offering a fun action) when her son gave…
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