Video of Little Star painting

If you ever wondered how Little Star paints, here is a video we made in May 2016. When she is in the right mood, she really gets into it, sometimes standing on her hands or jumping around the room halfway 😀 By the way, we are fundraising for an autism training course by the Autism…

Alphabets: using her motivations

Little Star loves to ism – engage in repetitive behaviours – with plastic alphabets. Here is how we used her motivation to challenge her.

When a reading ism isn’t an ism after all

Little Star very seldom wants me to read to her. Most of the time, when it comes to books, she prefers to be exclusive, she prefers to ism. Isms, in the Son-Rise language, are exclusive, repetitive behaviors a child indulges in, to the total exclusion of everyone else. It is like she is having a…

Making Flags interactive

Little Star found these old birthday string flags on top of the cupboard. First she gestured she wanted me to get them for her. I prompted for words but I know she can’t say “Flag” yet, so after giving two wrong objects I got the flags for her. Then Little Star dragged it into her…

Magnesium Sulfate baths help our kids

If your child is going to spend a long time in the bath playing anyway, why not add some Magnesium Sulfate to the water and enjoy its therapeutic effects later. It is calming and helps the child sleep well. Plus plus plus for a kid on the autism spectrum.

Counting to Cheers

On a poster of numbers tacked to the wall – Little Star began counting 1-10. From experience, interrupting her at every count is counter productive as it interrupts her flow and distracts her from continuing. So I waited till she finished the last number, then did a wild cheer! S was so entertained, she began…

How a Picky Eater ate Apples

Sometimes, a relatively small development can resolve bigger problems. And you just won’t see it coming till it happens. With Little Star, it was apples. Or her (past) dislike of them. Now, she cheerfully eats a small, whole apple. All done using Son-rise techniques. And eating apple often has cured her constipation problems, with which we have been ongoing for more than a year. Who would have thought, apples!

A superb day for Pretend Play

Pretend play is one of the challenges for a child with autism. It is not how she played with the dolls that was amazing, it was the fact that she did it so much. I.e. the frequency. She played pretend throughout the day (27/7/2016), interspersed with playing with a lamp (ism), and jumping/swinging around crazy…

Recruiting Son-Rise Volunteers

We are recruiting volunteers for Little Star’s Son-rise Program (SRP). I have 3 volunteers at the moment, but people move around alot, some are leaving the country *SOB* so it is good to have more. This is the wonderful thing about SRP that I would never have thought possible — and it certainly is not…

Help your child by letting go of guilt and worry

If there are two emotions that drive many parents of autistic children, it is guilt and worry. Especially in the first months following a diagnosis, these two emotions can be pretty overwhelming. What will happen to my child? What will her future be like? Will he ever be “normal”? Go to school? Have friends? That’s worry. Guilty…