Category: Joining

“I Know You Before You Say A Word?”

How is that possible? We listen to what people say (although sometimes not attentively). We gather data from their words. Isn’t that how we get to know each other? Yes…and no. We also notice facial expressions, we see body language and movements… we even smell each other. We catalog all the information and form an…
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Listen, do you want to know a secret?

I have just had an amazing experience. I was working my last session in The Son-Rise Program playroom with a delightful 13 year old boy. The way this lovely boy communicates is in a very deep low voice and very fast. Often you will hear him say clear words in amongst a string of other…
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Beauty in Acceptance

Hullo again, Here is a little song I wrote that I would love to share… I wrote this after joining a child for nearly 2 solid hours. Such a beautiful experience, and a lesson to see beauty in everything. Speaking with AngelsYou sit and gaze at nothingWhere others sit and play.You rock yourself so gently,You…
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The Power of Joining

Of all the strategies for helping autism, I love joining the most. This week the power of joining was brought to my attention yet again. We have a wonderful little boy who is here for his 2nd intensive. While I was joining him he would whisper words and at first I would celebrate and begin…
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Beauty in Joining

Hullo wonderful friends! I want to share an beautiful experience I had in the playroom today. The past two weeks our staff here have been lucky enough to work with the most incredible 32 year old man. His mum (a true Force of Nature!) is committed to starting a Son-Rise Program for him, still seeing…
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Tales from a Son-Rise Child Facilitator – Robert moves into my world

The thing I love the most about The Son-Rise Program is that when the child is exclusive, we join them in their world. We don’t try to stop their unique behaviours but instead see them as a way to connect, accept, and build a bridge to their amazing world. One of the most memorable moments…
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Back to Basics

Hi. I’m a Son-Rise Mum and I have been running a programme for 5 years. Has it been hard? Yes. Has it been glorious? Yes. Is my daughter still autistic? Yes. Did I hope otherwise? Yes. So many Yes’s. But the hardest one has been Back to Basics. You see, when we started, my daughter…
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