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autismmama posted:
Do what you need to find answers. But remember to play with your kid.
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Suemac3000 responded:
I love this. My son and I both have Asperger's, and it is so easy for us to "parallel play" and be completely satisfied. But this does nothing for our socialization skill building needs.

I am not completely bought into the "Son-Rise" program, but I did try entering my son's world and sharing his interests at his speed. That activity does make a huge difference in his engaging with me, and subsequently with others as well.

It's not just play, it's playing in a way that makes your child feel comfortable and accepted.
 
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joann031980 replied to Suemac3000's response:
I have done the Son-Rise program with my son for the past 2 years. It has really helped my son with his socialization skills. My son is in preschool about ready to go into kindergarten next year. In his playroom in the past 6 months he has learned his alphabet from A to Z, and has learned to count to "12". He also knows how is name is spelled.
I went to review the Kindergarten that he will be going to as he will be going into a special needs classroom as they transition him into a regular kindergarten class. My son has more social skills then anyone of the other kids in that specific class room. By all means I am not saying this to be mean in any way shape or form because every child is different no matter if there is a developmental delay involved or not. I am saying this because the things that they help autistic children with is the socialization aspect as well as any deficits they might have. But all these things can be done in the playroom in time as the child progresses.
I know this statistic is not huge, but there is a new study that shows 10% of autistic children will recover. I think the more one on one focused time with these children will increase that number as time goes on. I feel there is hope out there for all of our wonderful children with autism. The key is to stick with what works for each child. I know this is easier said then done as it can prove to be rather exhausting. But our job as parents to get our children to the highest level of functioning as they can get. Not all will recover from autism, this is for sure. And as parents of children with autism we definitely have more work cut out for us then parents of the average child. But to me all the extra hard work is worth it to me to get my son to function at the highest level possible. What ever that may be. As a parent of a 5 year boy with autism, when getting the news of my sons diagnosis, my initial thought of him being a successful adult one day shattered right before my eyes that day. It has been almost 4 years and I still get emotional about it. But as I see my son progress every single day while doing this program it gives me a new found hope. A hope that just maybe one day he won't need that one on one attention to succeed in life like he does now. For 2 years I have been telling ppl that he is much smarter then anyone realizes. Including me. Everyday I see more and more of him coming out as a person. One with a great personality full of laughter and innocents, character and a joker. And I really feel it has been Because of the support of my family with this Son-Rise program. He went from not understanding a hug to hugging me and kissing me, and him telling me how much he missed me when he gets home from school, and telling me loves me. He request things now when 1 and one half years ago he barely made a sound. So there is hope for our children with autism. No matter how much or how little a child progresses to me it is worth every little change to do the program. Just having him look at me 2 years ago was the most wonderful thing for me to have from him.
This program is something you need to stick with. You can't expect things to happen overnight. It takes much time and repetition. As he grows the more things you will be able to do with him. The concept of allowing your child to feel accepted and comfortable is the best way to teach any child.
Shoot it's the best way for me to learn. I can tell you one thing. If I dont feel comoratble and am stressed because Ithe way I do things is not okay. I am not going to learn anything new either.


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