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Course Curriculum

Transform your journey with tools for improved connection and growth with your child

What You'll Experience:

  • Video Modules & Interactive Learning: Our engaging pre-recorded classes walk you through each Son-Rise Program principle. Watch lively training modules, compelling video demonstrations, and participate in practical activities to help you learn as you go.
  • Hands-On Success Kits: Our "Make It Happen" Guides are packed with topic summaries, digestible steps, and custom worksheets to apply learning directly with your child.
  • Opportunities to solidify your knowledge: Expand your skills with our 8-week after courses, featuring daily activities to implement with your child and provide continuous technical and emotional support.
  • Customizable Learning Paths:
    • Adaptive Content for Pre-Verbal, Semi-Verbal, and Highly-Verbal Children: Tailor your curriculum to fit your child's current communication level.

Detailed Course Breakdown

Part 1: The Foundation for Connection and Communication

1.1 The Insiders Guide to Your Child

You will learn all about your child's magnificent world, – and how to understand your child's experience from the inside out. By learning to see your child's Red Lights and Green Lights, you will be able to see what's really happening with your child. And, you will gain a game-changing tool – The Son-Rise Program ABCs – that will enable you to determine which approach is most useful in any moment with your child.

Content - 26 Sections Covering:
  • Finally, really, understanding your child’s experience
  • The Son-Rise Program ABC Model
  • Red Lights: Recognizing the signs that your child is in their ‘own world’
  • Green Lights: Recognizing the signs that your child is ready to interact and be challenged
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

1.2 Interaction 101

This section teaches a very important topic at the heart of autism: Interaction. You will first learn how to be with your child’s repetitious behaviors (“stims”) by using the groundbreaking technique of “Joining”. You will also discover the four key strategies for lengthening your child's Interactive Attention Span - the platform upon which all learning and growth is built, as well as what it means to work your child’s ‘weak muscle’ and increase their ability to connect and engage with others.

Content - 33 Sections Covering:
  • The technique of “Joining” as a gateway for bonding and interaction
  • Video demonstrations
  • The difference between Attention Span and Interactive Attention Span
  • What it means to work your child’s ‘weak muscle’ and why it is important
  • Autism as a social relational disorder
  • Why human interaction is more important than academic skills
  • The four ways to build your child’s Interactive Attention Span
  • “Make it Happen” guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

1.3 Communication 1:1

Here you are going to learn all about verbal communication. We will give you simple techniques that will allow you to help your child: grow their ability to verbally communicate, become motivated to use spontaneous, interactive language, and use speech as a vehicle for human connection. These will include: the “Name It” technique, “Conversation Starter Statements,” and how to avoid “The Secret Language Stopper”.

Content - 38 Sections Covering:
  • The importance of listening
  • How to respond to speech (and attempts at speech)
  • The power of pausing
  • The “Name It” technique
  • Why asking questions can be counterproductive
  • Generating child-initiated communications
  • The Communication Ladder
  • “Conversation Starter Statements”
  • “The Secret Language Stopper”
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

1.4 Motivation 101

In this section, you are going to learn about The Son-Rise Program® Motivation Principle. You will see why motivation is the single largest factor for your child's growth. You'll learn how to use your child's motivations and interests to lengthen his/her Interactive Attention Span - the platform upon which all learning and growth is built. You'll also learn the pitfalls of using the Reward System on your child - and how to unlock your child's natural intelligence by using the Motivation Principle instead.

Content - 16 Sections Covering:
  • How to recognize the Motivation Mismatch – and fix it
  • The side effects of the Reward System and why we use the Motivation Principle instead
  • Uncovering your child’s Motivation, plus worksheet
  • Using your child's Motivations: The Important Bias
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

1.5 Attitude: The Critical Element

In this segment you will learn how your emotions and attitudes profoundly affect your interactions with your child. You will see how the “Stimulus --> Belief --> Response” Model will help you deal with stress and discomforts. This model will help you to maintain a greater sense of optimism and well-being which will profoundly enhance your motivation level and your child’s responsiveness.

Content - 12 Sections Covering:
  • The components of The Son-Rise Program® Attitude and using the “Stimulus --> Belief --> Response” Model
  • Happiness-generating and unhappiness-generating beliefs
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

8-Week After Course Part 1:

  • Daily Activities
  • Sensory Spotlights
  • Attitudinal Support

Part 2: Advanced Strategies for Personal and Developmental Growth

2.1 Review

2.2 Eye Contact and Non-Verbal Communication

In this section you will be given a much deeper understanding of eye-contact and non-verbal communication, with a bias towards spontaneous, child-initiated skills. You will have tools to build your child's overall non-verbal communication, a crucial yet often-overlooked component of interpersonal communication and social relationships.

Content - 11 Sections Covering:
  • An overview of The Son-Rise Program® Developmental Model
  • The importance of children looking because they want to, rather than because they are forced to
  • Encouraging spontaneous eye contact
  • Encouraging non-verbal communication (other than eye contact)
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

2.3 Flexibility 101

Here you will get a thorough education in the all-important topic of Flexibility. Helping your child in this area will have a profound impact on their lives, and yours. You will learn how to help your child become less attached to routines and particular stimuli/circumstances, and more willing to be at ease and flexible with changing circumstances.

Content - 12 Sections Covering:
  • What to do when you child is having difficulty being flexible
  • Creating a learning environment what will help your child become more flexible
  • The surprising way to encourage flexibility
  • Turn “No” into “Yes”
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

2.4 Setting Goals

In this section, you will learn how to use the groundbreaking Son-Rise Program® Developmental Model to plot and really understand where your child is socially. Then we will show you how to set optimum goals for your child in each of the Fundamentals of Socialization...and track your child's progress!

Content - 5 Sections Covering:
  • Camera: See and understand where your child is now
  • Blueprint: Know which goals to focus on
  • Create: Your child’s Social Curriculum
  • Use: The Son-Rise Program Developmental Model

2.5 Getting Goals

This section is all about getting goals. Build on your understanding of Green Lights and use them to challenge your child to grow in all of The Son-Rise Program Four Fundamentals. We’ll show you exactly how to use the techniques of Indirect Challenging, Direct Challenging: Phase 1, and Direct Challenging: Phase 2, to enable your child to leap forward on The Son-Rise Program® Developmental Model.

Content - 15 Sections Covering:
  • The crucial prerequisites for getting any goal
  • Indirect challenging (to increase “Green Lights”)
  • Direct Challenging Phase 1 (to strengthen Interactive Attention Span)
  • Direct Challenging Phase 2 (to achieve specific developmental goals)
  • “Make it Happen” Guide (Concepts to Remember, Things to Do and Techniques to Practice)

2.6 How to Change a Belief: Attitudinal Support

Using the “Stimulus-->Belief-->Response” Model you will see how to change the way you feel and behave (especially with respect to your child), in order to be the most powerful force of change in your child’s life. Seeing the impact of self-acceptance, the role of evidence, the process of discarding one belief and adopting another, will help you break through your personal roadblocks and support you in your journey with your child.

Content - 14 Sections Covering:
  • Stimulus-->Belief-->Response
  • Believing in, and orienting, for change
  • Practice and Belief Change Activity
  • Keeping what you’ve learned alive

8-Week After Course Part 2:

  • Daily Activities
  • School Spotlights
  • Attitudinal Support