What to do When Life with our Children Doesn’t Meet our Expectations

“When we become parents, we have all kinds of hopes and dreams for our new life with our precious child. As we eagerly watch their personalities unfold, we hold all kinds of expectations about how they will grow and develop. For example, most parents would say they would want and expect their children to be…
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New Food Fun

“What do you say to an Avocado who’s done a good job? BRAVOCADO! “What did the pecan say to the walnut? I’m so glad we’re friends because we’re both nuts! “Why was the cucumber confused? Because it was in a pickle! “What do you call blueberries playing the guitar? A jam session! “As a child,…
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Believe that you can…Because you can!

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein“This morning, while my family and I were getting ready for the day, my younger daughter who is 6 years old, came into the kitchen and asked me to fix her hair in…
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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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Our Children Understand Us

“At The Autism Treatment Center of America, we have had the incredible honor of working with thousands of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. It has been our experience time and again, that our children understand so much more than they are actually able to show us. “Our children are moving through the world…
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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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Gratitude is the heart of our Kindness Korner message #3!

“Probably one of the most powerful acts of Kindness we can perform is gratitude: for others, experiences, events, and ourselves. Gratitude is appreciating something or someone for its gifts and benefits to us. When we practice gratitude and take a moment to appreciate something, no matter how small, we are filled with that energy of…
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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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For our Kindness Korner #2

Welcome back to the Kindness Korner! “For our Kindness Korner #2 post, I would like to share a very special moment from my life: my dear friend, Beverly (who was a teacher at our center who practiced kindness throughout her life), shared her ultimate act of kindness when taking the final breaths of her life.…
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World Autism Awareness Day

“Today is World Autism Awareness Day! The latest statistics from the CDC website show that as of December 2021, 1 in 44 people are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder.   “In The Son-Rise Program® we don’t just believe in raising Autism Awareness, but we believe in the importance of taking actions to support the…
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