I am the grandma of a just turned three year old little boy who is autistic. I would like to introduce the Son-Rise program to you all. This is a parent lead child centered program that you as the parent run yourself with the help of volunteers who come twice a week for two hours.
You attend the start-up program in Mass, to learn how to get started, and bond with parents looking for something that will help them get their hope back, have control of their child's progress, and keep their child in a calm, controlled environment.
The volunteers maybe college or high school students, friends, church family, anyone who has a desire to impact your child in a positive way.
With son-rise we follow a developmental model where the focus is on eye contact, interactive attention span, verbal communication, and flexibility. The goal is to allow your child to do the leading and when they are available and give you green lights then you or your volunteers are there to be the most amazing friend to your child.
We have watched our grandson make slow but steady progress through a actual developmental program. He is friendly, learning appropriate behavior, and learning how to be a social being which is our ultimate goal, while allowing him to do the things he needs to do so he can take care of himself. (Stimming)
Most of those that I know that do Son-Rise do so because of many of the issues that are stated on this forum, school problems, undereducated teachers, melt downs etc. also many of these families say their child learns but is not learning to be social and with the Son-Rise program that is changing.
If you want to learn more you can go to autismtreatmentcenter.org
or message me with questions.