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.

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

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….

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…

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!

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…

A Child with Special Needs is just that

Special needs kids are wonderful like all other children, they just have a varied learning curve and thus have needs that are a little different than neurotypical kids. For us parents, we just want people to treat our children like regular kids, and accommodate them just like how you would a child and their quirks.