Category: Inspiration

Being Playful Can be a Goal

“As parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum, there are literally hundreds of goals we could focus on right? IEP goals, speech goals, PT and OT goals, self-help goals, academic goals… the list goes on. It might sometimes feel like we could spend a lifetime working on all these goals and never be…
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KINDNESS KORNER #7: KINDNESS IS … ACCEPTING EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.

“Hello, wonderful Autism parent/caregiver!   “We at the Autism Treatment Center of America know that you, as a parent/caregiver of someone on the autism spectrum, often experience situations where your child does something you do not understand. In fact, I may have just described what could be your regular, daily experience.   “Having an attitude…
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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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Use Face Paints to Draw Attention to You and Encourage Interaction

“Here are three ways that you can use face paints to encourage more interaction with your child on the Autism Spectrum. 1) “Become your child’s favorite animal or character! Does your child love Spiderman, Pikachu, or Tigers? Try painting your face to look like their favorite character before you spend time with your child. As…
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Kindness Korner #6: Kindness Memes to Inspire Your Child to Spread the Love!

“Welcome to our next Autism Treatment Center Kindness Korner post! “One of the most powerful ways to encourage our children on the Autism Spectrum to learn and grow is offering our ideas or activities with fun and playfulness. “Fun and play is our children’s way! “The world can be challenging for your child on the…
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The Parent – The Pillar of the Son-Rise Program

“One of The Son-Rise Program Principles taught by the Autism Treatment Center of America is that the Parent is the child’s best resource. No one knows the child or adult on the Autism Spectrum better than the parent, no professional or teacher, and no one loves the child in a more unconditional way than the…
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The Importance of Being Curious About our Children’s Experience

“One of the guiding principles we teach in The Son-Rise Program® is for the parent or caregiver to ‘Seek to Understand’ their child on the Autism Spectrum. Having the intention to become more curious about the experience and behaviors of our children (and adults) on the spectrum, has been a game-changer for many parents and…
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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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