Category: Inspiration

Being Playful…

From Kate Wilde:Fully engaging with your child on the autism spectrum involves using the most playful side of yourself. When we allow ourselves to be fully playful and have fun with our children, it inspires them to want to open up and connect with us. From this alone comes spontaneous eye contact, expressive language and flexibility.…
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The Staring Ism!

FROM BECKY: Your child looks at you….you try celebrating them. They keep looking……you make something fun happen. They continue to stay fixed on your eyes…..you play a game……they stare right back…..you invite them to participate and they don’t respond…… BUT…… THEY ARE STILL LOOKING! WHAT DO YOU DO? Maybe your child has a STARING ISM!…
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Build Build Build!

FROM BECKY: I was working in The Son-Rise Program playroom this morning with a beautiful 7 year old child with autism. For most of the two hours that I played with him, he was exclusive, doing his own thing, circuiting around the room, sitting on the therapy ball, lying on the floor and staring at…
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What Does it Mean to Have a Good Playroom Session?

FROM BECKY: Just a quick thought! There is no such thing as a good or a bad Son-Rise Program playroom session with your child with autism! A session spent crying around the playroom door creates an opportunity for your child to learn! A session with your child asking for something they want again and again…
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Trusting The Universe

From Kim: So you’re out there and things just aren’t going your way… i.e. the way you want them to go… Maybe you have your heart set on one particular thing… something you are wanting with the entirety of your being; maybe this is something you think you are doing everything in your power to…
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Joining!

FROM BECKY: The heart and soul of the Son-Rise Program is joining our children in their world so that we can create a relationship and a loving, accepting rapport with our child which is the main challenge of a child with Autism. I have spent hours upon hours upon hours joining children in their repetitious…
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From Bears: Autism is Curable!

Autism is curable. Autism is curable. Autism is curable. I always wonder why some people get indigestion when we say what we know. Rather than believe in what can’t be done, we can choose to believe in what can be done. Nay-sayers never change the world. The past doesn’t predict the future unless you believe…
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Your Child Not Getting What They Want!

FROM BECKY: As requested by a Son-Rise Program Dad. Here are some things to do when your child with autism is not getting what they want and they are whining, crying or showing unhappiness. The example this parent gave was that when anyone else besides Mommy goes in the playroom with his child, he cries…
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10 Ways to Build off Squeezes

Hi all, Many children that I have worked with at the Autism Treatment Center of America have really enjoyed squeezes on their hands, legs, heads, etc, and big body squeezes. Here are 10 ideas to try if your child likes squeezes. 1) Bring 2 pillows into the playroom and hold them in your arms. Have…
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What’s Your Talent?

FROM BECKY: On Friday all the staff at The Autism Treatment Center of America got together to have our annual Son-Rise Program talent show. There were dancers, poets, musicians, singers, actors and cheerleaders performing in the show. What I enjoyed the most about it though was the inspiration of watching my dear friends push themselves…
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