AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER OF AMERICA®

Category: Inspiration

KINDNESS KORNER #4

“Hello and Welcome to our Kindness Korner post #4: MODEL ‘being kind’ to your child on the Autism Spectrum. “Why do we want our children to be kind to others? “Learning to be kind to others will enhance any child’s relationship skills as well as be a beneficial experience for them. We want this for…
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Autism Siblings Want Help (and might have questions too!)

“Does your neurotypical child have questions about their sibling’s Autism? We’d like to make this subject an easy, comfortable, and FUN process to engage in with our children. So let’s see how we can make this important conversation enjoyable for you and your child with new perspectives and honest sharing. “Here are some questions or…
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Learning How to Love Unconditionally

“It was 24 years ago and I had signed up to be a volunteer with a local family in their Son-Rise Program. I entered the playroom for the very first time, expecting this sweet boy with Autism to play with me. Little did I know at the time about Neurodiversity, how we are all wired…
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For our Kindness Korner #2

Welcome back to the Kindness Korner! “For our Kindness Korner #2 post, I would like to share a very special moment from my life: my dear friend, Beverly (who was a teacher at our center who practiced kindness throughout her life), shared her ultimate act of kindness when taking the final breaths of her life.…
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Does Humor Help Learning & Connection?

“A sense of humor can brighten up family life. You can blow raspberries on your baby’s belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse your first-grader. As kids grow into pre-teens and teens, their sense of what’s funny becomes more sophisticated and…
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“Thank you my friend for allowing me to enter your world, and for noticing me there loving you!”

“He moved his string with one hand, in a complex, sophisticated motion. Every movement looked intentional and precise…  He tilted his head and watched in amusement his own perfectly choreographed dance! “My friend looked at ease and relaxed – seemingly finding peace in the predictability of being the director and the performer of his own…
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Gain New Inspiration with Toilet Training Your Child

“Potty training our children in the Autism Spectrum can take persistence and patience, but the great news is that it is POSSIBLE! “If you have started potty training, but feel like you have stalled, we have some Son-Rise Program tips to share that could help get you back on the path to a diaper-free existence.…
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Let’s talk about the Alternatives to Discipline!

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary – Definition of discipline (verb): 1. to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character 2. practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience “When working with parents from all over the world, from different cultures and…
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“When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking”

“I would love to share this beautiful poem with all of you – wonderful, loving, and dedicated Son-Rise Program parents and caregivers….” – Camila Titone, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher “When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking” Poem by: Mary Rita Schilke Korazan “When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on…
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Either DO WHAT YOU LOVE (if you can) or choose to LOVE WHAT YOU DO.

“If you ‘choose’ (and that is the important word) to wear a mask to protect yourself and others, then do it with joy, celebration, and gratitude. Let’s go to that word ‘choose.’ Some situations (actually, many) are thrust into our lives…unexpectedly and, often, without an invitation (like the Coronavirus pandemic). However, how we choose (ah,…
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