Tips for Introducing New Toys and Games to Your Child with Autism

Do you find that your child has a challenge with playing new games? Are they controlling when you introduce a new toy, or prop? Do they say “no,” or take those toys out of your hand? Many parents who have a child on the Autism spectrum find this to be true for their children. If…
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How to set boundaries with our children in a Son-Rise Program way

Setting boundaries is an essential part of parenting and it’s a very important piece of helping our children grow to be healthy, well-functioning adults. Setting boundaries is an act of love!!!! In The Son-Rise Program®, we set boundaries in three main areas: Things to do with a child’s safety and hygiene, the safety and wellbeing…
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Focus on Fun First!

A few reasons why The Son-Rise Program® focuses on fun first! Your child wants to have fun just like other children do! Children on the Autism spectrum may need to take care of themselves and their bodies first, but they will always show you when they are ready to play! When you act silly and…
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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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Joining 101

Joining 101 “Joining” is not only an attitudinal fundamental of The Son-Rise Program®, but also a core technique we can apply with our children. When we join our children’s isms (stims) alongside them, we are visibly practicing our love and acceptance of them, and creating a stronger bond with them. Recently I was reflecting on…
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Green Lights: What are they and what to do when your child gives you one?

I am so excited to share with you some useful tips about how to help your child follow your invitation to play! In The Son–Rise Program® we joyfully invite our children to play with us only when they have given us a Green Light, or a collection of Green Lights. Remember when you are assessing your…
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Use your child’s interest in electronic devices to create more social interaction.

Does your child spend endless hours in front of a screen? Do they love to watch scenes from movies like Minions, Cars, or Frozen repetitiously? Are they in love with the “educational” app on the iPad which sings to them and invites them to press buttons and collect stickers? Do they play angry birds, candy crush or…
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Tantrums No More. (Really!)

By: Raun K. Kaufman Does your child scream, hit, pinch, or throw objects when things don’t go his/her way (or sometimes for no reason you can fathom)? Here’s what to do: The First Half: I don’t understand tantrums. 1) ATTITUDE FIRST. It is absolutely crucial that you make your mission in life to remain calm,…
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The 7 Joining No-No’s you’re Probably Doing

Joining is one of the most crucial techniques of The Son-Rise Program®. It’s the first thing we do, and it is absolutely essential for building trust and rapport. When we join our children, we participate in their ism (“stims”) with deep interest and acceptance – without trying to change or redirect it. All learning and interaction…
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