My husband and I attended the Son-Rise Program Start Up in June 2011 in Massachusetts. The Son-Rise Program is a child centered and play based therapy that uniquely celebrates that child. We were more than excited to attend the training and learn how to help our little Filbert (he had recently turned 3). During the training we learned much about ourselves and techniques to help Filbert get to where he needed to be. It was incredible!
We returned from training and invited family, friends and acquaintances to join us in our new adventure of working with Filbert intensively.
We started our program in July 2011 with the following concerns:
he was echolalic (repeated speech meaninglessly)
infrequent eye contact
no functional language
sensory issues – needed deep pressure, jumping 4-6 hours a day, no sleeping, always fully clothed, chewing
no initiating affection
no sharing toys, would hoard everything
no initiation of interaction
little interest in people beyond basic needs
no asking questions
did not share experiences with others
With the help and dedication of a wonderful team of volunteers we plunged forward into unchartered territories.