I spent last week soaking up more great learnings that will help Raffy and the rest of the family at The Autism Treatment Centre of America.
A beautiful place filled with wonderful people. There is so much expertise and support here it is hard to understand why the Son-Rise Program hasn't got more supporters in the UK.
I spent the week feeling empowered, excited and confident to request Raffy to try more and more to push through his difficulties. In such a loving and fun way that he wants to be stretched!
We have seen great strides in Raffy's progress so far. We are incredibly proud of his determination. We are giving him more confidence so he can leave his intense fears behind. We are showing and 'modelling' more ways he can successfully interact with other people.
We celebrate him every day and ask more and more of him. It's fun! We are working WITH his motivations and interests so he can become more flexible and increase his attention span. Then we ask him to widen his motivations and interests! All in a safe and loving place - at home in his playroom. We don't use electronic games or TV. It's all about one-to-one contact as a starting point, then gradually broadening out. It works... big time. And we know the families who have recovered their children. I've said it RECOVERED. This is supposed to be controversial. It's not. The brain is incredibly receptive. It's been done. ALOT. We are here for the bigger picture! We love our boy as he is today, we want more for him... but we don't need it. We've made our lives exciting and incredibly meaningful!
Hope you enjoy the photos!