A Son-Rise Kind of Love

FROM SAMAHRIA: Imagine the beauty of a sleeping child … all innocent, all goodness, just perfect as is… that’s without looking tenderly into your eyes, without doing a single action (no performance required), without giving you anything – not even a smile, without making any overtures of love or caring, and without any indication that they…
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Budget Games!

FROM BECKY: I was recently asked for easy ideas for props/themes and games to play in a Son-Rise Program playroom that don’t break the bank and are convenient for people living in areas where there isn’t easy access to the places that are easy to get funs props and materials (e.g. dollar store, thrift store, etc).…
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Language Delay Solutions and Tips

A 2-year-old child is a wonder to behold. Week to week, and even day-to-day, it can seem that the face and body are constantly transforming, and your child’s unique personality really starts to come out. But what if your 2-year-old is not talking yet? What if you’re not seeing all the dynamic changes and growth…
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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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From Bears: Turn Up Our Love Bigger Than Ever

What if, this week, each of us turns up our love bigger than ever? What if we chose to love not only those who appear to be great candidates, like our partners, our children, our parents, our friends, even our co-workers…but the cashier in the market, the teller in the bank, the bus driver, the…
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I Know You Before You Say A Word

FROM BEARS (Barry Neil Kaufman): I know you before you say a word. How is that possible? We listen to what people say (although sometimes not attentively). We gather data from their words. Isn’t that how we get to know each other? Yes…and no. We also notice facial expressions, we see body language and movements……
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Your child walked away in the middle of a game. What do you do next?

Yet another exciting opportunity to help our children grow and develop their social skills and abilities! Here’s the situation: You’re in a game with your amazing lovable child and you guys are having the absolute best time playing together… he/she is completely connected with you in the game, looking, laughing, communicating with you in so…
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Eye Contact

FROM BECKY: Here at The Son-Rise Program, one of the main things we focus on is helping our children to look at us more. Here are 20 different things you can say when celebrating your child with autism’s eye contact. 1) Thank you for looking at me! 2) That was a great look! 3) I love those…
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Need a pickup of your 3E’s? ENERGY EXCITEMENT and ENTHUSIASM

Have you lost your energy, enthusiasm and excitement when playing with your awesome child?  Do you sometimes find your eyes getting really heavy when your child is lining up his or her favorite toys, even though you downed a mocha latte before your play time?  Possibly, your thoughts have gone rogue and you notice that…
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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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