A Son-Rise Kind of Love

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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Back to Basics

Hi. I’m a Son-Rise Mum and I have been running a programme for 5 years. Has it been hard? Yes. Has it been glorious? Yes. Is my daughter still autistic? Yes. Did I hope otherwise? Yes. So many Yes’s. But the hardest one has been Back to Basics. You see, when we started, my daughter…
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Wide Awake

Good Morning! It’s Friday the sun in streaming into my office window, and I am filled with a huge feeling of gratitude for my life. Working here At the Autism Treatment Center Of America I get to do what I most enjoy. This week we have a beautiful 8 year old, he is Autistic, tall…
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Acceptance

Good Morning! In the Son-Rise Program accepting autistic children where they are in their development plays an integral part in helping and encouraging them to want to reach out and communicate and interact with those around them. It is also one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, not just when we…
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Tales from a Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator – falling in love

When I first started working in The Son-Rise Program playroom with Robert, the idea was to work with him one to one, follow his lead and connect with him by joining in his world when he was exclusive and celebrating his attempts to connect with me. That would be the basis to help him build…
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A Work In Progress, for the rest of my life

I have had many years of learning to let go of what I don’t want, and going after what I do want in a clear and passionate way, both at work (as a teacher and trainer in The Son-Rise Program) and in my personal life. I am feeling pretty good at it at this stage…
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New Foods, Yum Yum

Good afternoon. As a lot of you know, here at The Autism Treatment Center of America we have a program called The Son-Rise Program Intensive . It is a program where a child diagnosed on Autism Spectrum comes with their parents for a week. We work with their child each day using The Son-Rise Program…
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The Power of Being Silly

There is something about this sweet little video that felt so good to my heart. I love knowing that there are people in the world who believe in random acts of silliness. The impact of our love and silliness on those around us is such a profound and beautiful gift. When we are willing to…
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Tales from a Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator – the meeting of my first Son-Rise Program family

So I went to meet Robert. The first thing that struck me and will stay with me forever was Anna (Roberts Mom’s) passion, excitement and apparent joy for her Son (could it be that she was actually happy about the fact that her son was Autistic?), at that time, I had no idea that you…
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Invitation

Good Morning!Yesterday an “Autism Expert” from England visited us at The Autism Treatment Center of America. She is responsible for the education of Autistic children in the school system in a region of England. She was a lovely, open, knowledgeable and dedicated lady. She was on vacation in Vermont with her husband celebrating their 40…
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