Category: Tips

What To Consider … When You Are Taking Your Child On Outings.

“Picture this scenario: you just had a sweet moment with your child on the Autism Spectrum giving him, or her, tickles, and kisses. Your child is laughing and coming back for more. You are so happy to have the connection. You suddenly realize what time it is and you need to go to the store…
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The Son-Rise Program® Approach to Wearing Masks

MASKS!!! They come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Love them or hate them, as long as this pandemic continues (and perhaps for the rest of our lives in some way, shape, or form), we all need to wear them. Masks are very much here in our lives and the lives of…
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Special Message To All You Amazing Moms and Dads (caregivers)!

We are almost a whole year into the pandemic! And even with all the restrictions in place, our culture is still pushing for us to accomplish more, create more, and to better ourselves. We MUST eat healthier foods, we SHOULD exercise more, we HAVE TO be kinder, MORE flexible, etc. At the Autism Treatment Center of America®, home of The Son-Rise Program®, we have worked…
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Putting the Fun Back into Toileting

If you are interested in toilet training your child on the Autism spectrum or are revisiting this topic after taking a break, I’m going to share some ideas with you to send you down the path toward toilet training success! For many of us, we have been told for years that all things to do…
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What is interactive attention span?

By Becky Damgaard, Son-Rise Program® Senior Teacher Simply put, Interactive Attention Span is our children being able to be present with another person for a period of time (they could be watching us, smiling at us, participating with us, etc). Our children’s interactive attention spans can vary from just a few seconds, to a few…
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Four Reasons to Stop and Listen When Helping Your Child Talk

Imagine that your child is already trying to talk. Now, entertain the idea that your son, or daughter may already be saying words, or parts of words. Open your heart up to the belief that your child is trying to verbally communicate every single day. Because, when we believe that our children are trying to…
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Giving Your Child Explanations

Explanations are the key to opening up countless doorways of success for your child: Before you continue reading this article, take some time to reflect on the question that I am about to ask you. Give this question real consideration and challenge yourself to be honest and thoughtful. After all, there is never a right…
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Organizing Your Child’s First Playdate

So the time has come, it’s the moment you have been waiting for, your child is ready for some peer interaction…their first play date!!! (Or “hang out session” if your child is older.) Let’s talk about how to go about arranging this. First of all, get your thinking cap on and start to brainstorm with…
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Inspiring Your Child to Verbally Communicate instead of using other forms of communication (PECS, Sign Language, Apps)

When you have a child on the autism spectrum, you are faced with so much information. There are a multitude of different approaches and ideas that are available to you. You can often feel overwhelmed in your quest to support your child in the best way possible, and be a little lost at what to…
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Toilet Training 101

Does the idea of toilet training your child with Autism fill you with dread? Or are you excited to begin this new adventure with them?  The reason I am asking this is because our attitude as we embark upon our journey to toilet town is going to be one of the most important things to…
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