We had our bimonthly visit by our Son-Rise Facilitator, Susan. It is always amazing and enlightening to learn from her! We are able to get ideas on how to approach current goals with Lucas. Also, as Lucas changes as grows through the duration of this program, which is constantly happening, we are able to get a fresh perspective from Susan.
In these videos, Susan is working on encouraging physical participation from Lucas during an interaction. We, as a team, have been slowly progressing with this goal, however, as I said before, we have a new Lucas evolving before our eyes and Susan was most definitely able to show us many new techniques drawn from her experience working with hundreds of kids on the spectrum.
In the first video, you will see Susan giving as many squeezes to Lucas as she can, building up his motivation for them. You will then see in the second video, how she is able to build the motivation of squeezes into the game…so much so that Lucas is scrambling to help her build the “squeeze house” so he can get more. Fun to watch how much fun Lucas is having in the process and how her requests to ask him to grow and participate doesn’t even come across as a task to Lucas. : ) This is the beautiful process that Son-Rise offers. It allows Lucas to see us as fun and engaging, which is of course what we want from our children with autism, instead of demanding and one-sided.