Category: Parenting

Natural Consequences

FROM GABY: This morning Tybalt didn’t want to go down for breakfast. In fact he decided to play with his clay. I explained that it was breakfast time and he could play after eating his breakfast. Because he didn’t listen I said I was going down to do other things and if he wanted breakfast…
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Son-Rise Program Lessons from a 9 month old

FROM KATRINA: Having been trained as a Son-Rise Program child facilitator before I became a parent has been extremely useful to me. Mostly because I’m pretty flexible with my nine month old daughther. I know that she won’t die by eating a little grass, I know that falling over is part of life, I know…
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Taking Care of Yourself

FROM GABY: When I started doing The Son-Rise Program, I listened to the CD Secial Children: Special Solutions. I remember a couple asking Samaria how she managed to do a Son-Rise Program for several years. They had started out full of energy but after half a year they felt burned out. She answered that every…
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The Parent – The Pillar of the Son-Rise Program

FROM SIMONE – One of the Son-Rise Program’s principles is that the Parent is the child’s best resource. No one knows the child better than the parent, no professional or teacher, and no one loves the child in a more unconditional way than the parent. I personally love this principle because being in the autistic…
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School or No School?

FROM GERD: A recurring issue when I talk to families from all over the world is whether or not to leave a child in school or pull a child out of school, either when beginning a Son-Rise-Program or considering when to place a child into school or considering running a part-time program. Following the Son-Rise…
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Teenagers and Safe Internet Usage!

FROM WILLIAM: Raising a 12 yr old neurotypical son, who is now taller than his mom and is slowly catching up to me, is a delight and a challenge. He is at a time in his life when he wants to be treated like an adult and have much more freedom (and he tells us…
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From Katrina: I’m back!

From Katrina: Hello all of you amazing people! I am excited to be back to work at the Autism Treatment Center of America after taking a 3 month hiatus to be with my beautiful new baby, Kyla. Joining the ranks of motherhood has probably been easier I think, since I have been trained in the…
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There are no rules.

“There are no rules“ You could say that this is a motto amongst the Son-Rise Program teachers”. Often times parents will makes comments like,”You can answer any question”, or ‘You always seem to know what to do”, “or “You know my child so well, yet you have never met him”. One of the reasons why,…
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Parenting – Useful Perspective

Last night Bryn and I were having dinner with Jade and Malik and we had a great conversation about dying. Jade and Malik had just come back from working at a local stables that works with special children and adults. It is a wonderful place where the horses, having been rescued from in-humane conditions, are…
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