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…

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…

11/5/2016. An exciting day in the SRP

Today (or yesterday, actually) was a truly exciting day. And we did not venture a foot out of the house! In the SR (Son-Rise) playroom today, there were 3 super highlights. 1. While Star was on the swing in the afternoon, there was one point where I blocked her from swinging. Unintentionally. She pushed me…

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.