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facilitating social development

Our son emerged from his autism thanks to a Son-Rise / ABM program we ran at home for four years. Here I share our program’s principles and videos of our team facilitating developmental goals while playing with Joaquin.

Time to climb, stretch, and reach. »

Our RPM exploration has inspired me to pursue a structured activity not completely centered around Joaquin’s interests. He’s ready and the guiding team is cheering me on.

Hombre Araña: A Holistic Hero »

In this game our superhero gave great advice to pretend kids dealing with uncomfortable emotions. Some missions also gave us a chance to practice complex imitation.

Aaron in the house! »

From our last outreach with Aaron DeLand, these videos show Joaquin practicing complex imitation while playing. The guys went to space again, rehearsed scenes for our next film, and had tons of fun as usual.

Nurturing the Team’s Motivation »

Resources I created to help our volunteers magnify their motivation and impact before each play session, and assess their facilitation skills within our program's curriculum.

Dazzling Madame Bovary »

I used ABM’s essential of subtlety to help Joaquin perceive non-verbal communication, and he surprised me spontaneously deciding to perform charades for me.

A rock-star volunteer’s 1st playroom session »

It looks like they’ve been friends for a while and she’s facilitated social goals for years. But it’s Erin’s first solo session and she’s only had 1 hour of feedback training!

Inspiring Social Referencing: Following Eyes »

This video shows Aaron motivating Kiki to perceive and practice following somebody else’s eyes. He is playful and consistent and Kiki quickly starts to get it.

Practicing Movement with Attention »

Life examples of how ABM's 1st essential propelled us with sustained eye contact, verbal context in communication breakdowns, and understanding of emotions.

Inspiring Growth Without Requests »

A tweak to our Son-Rise program replacing requests by opportunities for spontaneous action. In these videos, Aaron's playfulness alone motivates Kiki to imitate him.

Suspending My Resistance »

Becoming aware and reversing the "mental no" and minimal response I give to Kiki's crazy and repetitive comments to give joy a chance and connect deeply with him.

Madame Bovary’s Shop »

A fun game designed around Joaquin's interest for shopping that motivated him to practice non-verbal communication.

The Purpose of Zoning Out »

Disconnecting is not of lesser value than being interactive; just one more way of being in the moment, and it has a purpose for autistic individuals and everybody else.

Hombre Araña »

A playroom game that motivated Kiki to stretch his attention span, body coordination, and physical interaction.

Building With Daring Actions »

Playing with Kiki while holding the intention to use daring actions to build motivation for myself or for variations around repetitive activities or conversations.

Amazing Melissa »

A fun moment playing with Melissa, Joaquin's friend and one of our Son-Rise program volunteers.

Recklessly Driving to Central Office »

In this game, inspired by Kiki's new motivation to get traffic tickets, my little bollito stretched himself sustaining eye contact.

The Blind Box »

A game designed to help Kiki have fun interacting with a new friend on her first day in our playroom.

Mama’s Clues Game »

Joaquin is not a big guesser; he usually wants us to give him the answers without delay. So I prepared a fun game to motivate him to practice guessing.

Son-Rise in Action »

Videos illustrating several Son-Rise techniques during a game we played to develop Joaquin’s verbal communication from single words to 2 to 3-word sentences.