Q&A session 8
Topic: Making a Difference with
The Son-Rise Program®
Q: What is it about
the Son-Rise Organization that makes such a difference
with individuals with autism? What is it that you do
that other therapists do not do?
A: Great questions,
Firstly, the program is a one-on-one, home-based program
directed by the child's parents.
The main thing we do more than any other program I've
ever heard of is we focus on the emotions of the people
working with the child. Our experience is that the more
accepting and non-judgemental a facilitator is, the
more a child responds to that. We all respond better
to being loved!
The way we tangibly manifest this attitude is through
joining. When a child does a repetitious or exclusive
behavior (lining objects up, flapping hands, verbal
repetitions, etc.), we join in and do the behavior along
with the child! This is because when a child is doing
this self-stimulation (we call this an "Ism"), it is
the time when the child is most removed from human interaction.
We want to show the child that we accept him (or her)
right where he is, without needing him to change first.
This ultimately makes us more compelling to be with.
We establish this commonality, and then, when the child
is ready to interact, we use the motivations of the
child to powerfully and delightfully challenge him.
So, not only are the methods different then what other
therapists do, the entire feel of the sessions with
the children are different because we are enjoying ourselves
nd the child so much!
For more information on our program, you could look
at our materials (see the 'resources' link to the left),
or even call in and make a free thirty-minute initial
call with a staff member.
so many questions this time… thank you for sending them
For those of you who didn't get you're questions answered
(or those who have questions now), you can post your
question on the Son-Rise Message Board and the entire
Son-Rise internet community can help you out!
I hope everyone has a great winter! Enjoy your children.
Intro to Q&A Session
Capabilities and Eye Contact
Difference with The Son-Rise Program®
Hyperactive with Autistic Tendencies
Time in the