Making people less scary

How building stronger relationships with your child can help them interact with others. #autism #relationshipbased #playtherapy

Eating vegetables and asking questions 🙋 

The FIRST TIME Little Star eats vegetables of any kind ON HER OWN. And asks “go where” and “where” questions – even though she is only at Stage 1 verbal communication. 🎉

Attitude is everything in loving an autistic child

Everything lately – when I talk to our volunteers, when we discuss challenging behaviours, when we talk about the progress Little Star has made and even the ones she has yet to make, when coming up with games for the playroom, being with her, and managing expectations of autistic kids (less is more, none even better)… Seems to boil down or lead back to attitude.

Encouraging language without expectations #autism #play

Wanting Little Star to say a certain word, but not expecting her to say it, has opened up so many ways to encourage language. Cutting out the expectations equals cutting out fear, frustration, disappointment or feelings of failure, which in turn enables me to put so much more in the effort.

Loving my child’s isms or stims

I love my child’s isms as for now, they are part of who she is. How different is our play therapy compared to traditional therapies? #sonrise #autism #acceptance

Thanks to you we fundraised more than SGD3,000!

Or specifically SGD3,395 😀 I realized we have been updating our Facebook page to the neglect of our blog. We did our shout outs, thanks and updates at Little Star’s Facebook Page. It’s still so hard to believe, but so true that we made it,  thanks to all of you who supported our very unofficial fundraising…

Building upon a Train Ism

Today I was eager to try out a train game idea that a few of us brainstormed for Little Star during the New Frontiers training course. The idea was to introduce a train game and have dolls get on and off the train at various stations, and have the dolls model waving Hello and Goodbye….

Game: Hide and Tweeze

Gameifying a typical tweezing activity into a rip roaring find the hidden objects game! Great way to expand interactive attention span

We are at New Frontiers!

I can’t believe we are already on the last day at New Frontiers. Yes, we made it to the autism training in Singapore! All thanks to supportive family and friends, and a massive host of people we don’t know personally but either loved Little Star’s story, OR supported the Perez’s family’s fundraising effort. Ian, Nathan,…

Why we chose the Son-Rise Program

Being weirded out by the experience, I hooked up with some fellow parents from our supportive Son-Rise community for some sanity and advice. They shared their own stories of negative family members, friends and yes, even strangers too!
These truly awesome parents helped me see past the unpleasantness towards the beliefs and viewpoints that would benefit me and my child, Little Star, the most.

Playing with a Son-Rise child: volunteer perspective

Volunteering with Little Star Recently, a dear friend wrote a lovely post about Little Star, her special needs and the fundraising we are doing to get to an autism training course in Singapore. We have been so honored to have him be a part of Little Star’s Son-Rise Program as a play volunteer. Despite his…