Understanding and Observing Your Child!

Your child is very intelligent and capable! All of his/her behaviors are meaningful! It is super important to recognize that even though our children might be different than their neuro-typical peers, they are NOT  less intelligent or less capable, they just operate differently. Before we can help our children learn new skills, it is essential for us…
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How pausing can help your child talk!

If your child doesn’t say the word that you are helping them with, it’s not because they can’t talk, it’s not because they aren’t listening to you and it’s not because they don’t understand what you are saying. In fact, in The Son-Rise Program®, we often see that our children on the Autism spectrum simply…
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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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Inspiring our children to try new foods!

When we are with our children on the Autism spectrum, we are sending signals and messages to them all the time. Our children are incredibly tuned in to our attitude and tend to pick up on how we feel about certain things. For example, when we fear or anticipate that they might be about to…
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Be a friend to a child with autism!

By Brandi Davis, Senior Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator I had a father ask me recently, “Where do you get all of your energy from? Do you drink Red Bull? Do you drink lots of coffee? How do you keep your energy up for so long?” Now, this dedicated and sweet father just watched our team…
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Trust your child’s red lights!

By Brandi Davis, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator While in the playroom, my friend gave me a Red Light and then continued to do so for 2 hours. I, of course, followed his lead and used our Son-Rise Program® technique of Joining, as he repetitiously pushed his orange letters across the floor. I did not need…
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Help your child play with you!

Use What Your Child Currently Loves To Do As A Way To Help Them Play With You! By Brandi Davis-Son-Rise Program® Senior Child Facilitator I would love to share with all of you how I helped our newest friend play with me yesterday! He is 7-years-old, on the Autism spectrum, and he has a laugh…
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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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Determining if your child is ready for play

Help With Determining If Your Child Is Ready To Play: In The Son-Rise Program® we talk about Green Lights and Red Lights. If your child is giving you Red Lights they are indicating to you that they are not ready to play, or interact yet. Green Lights are when your child is indicating that they…
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Three Ways to Help You Feel Energized and Excited When Helping Your Child!

Countless families have asked me over the years how I remain so energetic when helping children on the Autism spectrum. I’ve heard variations of: “How do you do it?” “How many cups of coffee do you need to drink in the morning?” “Are you really this energetic every single week?” “How do you keep having…
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