Will Son-Rise work for my daughter? Not Autistic

Will Son-Rise work for my daughter? Not Autistic

Postby AlexandraNZ » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:06 pm

Hi all,
I have some good friends with an Autistic son who are using the Son-Rise program to great effect. They've suggested I check it out many times, and here I am!

My daughter Bella is a bright, sunny child who appears confident, inquisitive and 'normal'. She's not quite four and a half, and she is developmentally delayed but we still do not have any formal diagnosis. It's possible she has a form of Developmental Dyspraxia, mostly we simply say she has 'learning difficulties'. It's very hard to explain to people, but essentially she has processing difficulties which are most obvious when it comes to speech and language; her gross motor skills and her retention of new concepts, or difficult/abstract ones. I think she has issues in other areas as well which she simply masks. I wonder sometimes if she might have a form of Aspergers or something because although she is very social and possibly the opposite of many children using the Son-Rise program, she is often socially inappropriate. She has no social fear or shame (which is a safety risk, eg she recently began talking to a strange man and quickly asked him if she could sit on his lap) and I struggle to communicate with her about how to behave socially.

We are finally getting some help, with a speech therapist seeing her for an hour fortnightly and she's just started physiotherapy for an hour a week, which will run for about 6 weeks - but it's a big struggle to get anyone to recognise her difficulties. We hear a lot of 'We see much worse.' and 'You would get help and funding, but she's not as bad as other kids and they need it more.' Most people simply tell us 'She'll catch up eventually.' She's expected to start mainstream school (really the only option where we live) and we'd love her to start at 5, like other kids, although we've been told she might not be ready then. It's unlikely she'll get a support worker to help her at school.

We want Bella to be ready for school, and more than that - to be able to cope with school and keep up with the other children. It takes Bella a longer time to learn new skills - for example, Bella was still unable to jump with two feet at 3 and a half. We took her to gymnastics, she attended a physical activity program run via her daycare and we worked at home - a few months later she was bouncing around like a bunny. I know she's capable of doing so much more than she is now, but is Son-Rise able to help us in specific areas of development?

I'd love to hear from some parents who've used Son-Rise for non-Austistic children, or higher-functioning kids, and any other feedback people might think helpful.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,
Alexandra from NZ
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Re: Will Son-Rise work for my daughter? Not Autistic

Postby BeckyDamgaard » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:25 am

HI Alexandra,

Thank you so much for reaching out to us! Yes, we have and do indeed worked with children who are not on the Autism Spectrum. We have worked with children with speech and language delays, developmental delays, learning disorders, Oppositioanl Defiance Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Sensory processing disorders, etc, as well as different physical disabilities.

We see each child as an individual and will focus on the challenges that we see that would make the biggest difference for them in a social setting. It sounds like the challenges you have listed that Bella has do actually affect her social skills in different ways. To use your observations of Bella: processing difficulties affect the way she would connect and relate to people and others to her, when it comes to speech and language, gross motor skills and her retention of new concepts, or difficult/abstract ones will affect her play with other children. Social innapropriateness is also something that can prevent us from being more socially successful.

I recommend that you set up a 25 minute Initial Call with one of our Family Counselors who can discuss whether The Son-Rise Program is a good fit for you. The call is complimentary and will help get the rest of your questions answered. 001-413-229-2100.

We look forward to hearing from you!
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