A friend texted me yesterday morning with a question. She asked me if I’ve ever heard of the “Son-Rise Thory?”! I admit that I hadn’t, but was intrigued by the title. So she shed a little light on it for me, and this is what she said:
What do think? Honestly? This can’t be real… can it? I mean… this almost seems too good to be true. Am I wrong in thinking this? This seems like an incredibly powerful entity in and of itself, but at the same time, it reminds me of the old saying “if you can’t beat em, join em.” Right?
But once the astonishment left my body, and the giddiness subsided, I thought to myself, if this therapy is so ground breaking, than why am I just hearing about this now? Why has this form of therapy never been mentioned to me by any doctor or therapist that I’ve encountered within the past few years?!? You should know that I am that kind of parent; that if something is as ground breaking as this could help my child have a better life and and an even brighter future, than you better dam well believe that I’ll be there in a New York FREAKIN minute!
I can’t be wrong in thinking that. You’d be thinking the same thing if this was your child. Right?
I have a dear, dear friend who took her son to a Chinese herbalist, tried reflexology, eliminated gluten, dairy, artificial colors and flavors from her son’s diet, AND got rid of the wifi in her house, JUST because she’s a mom that would do anything to help her child’s autism symptoms feel less consuming to her son. Now THAT is a mom going the distance. I mentioned this theory to her and she had never heard of it either. So I guess I’m not alone and in the dark after all when it comes to this new theory.
But back to the Son-Rise theory.
As I was doing my research, I read that the Son-Rise Theory its a parent-led program with parent facilitated activities. For the most part, the parents are their child’s personal manager and trainer.
“A parent trained in the SRP is able to implement the principles and techniques inside and outside of the playroom, intensifying the child’s immersion in a responsive, socially enhancing environment.”-www.autismtreatmentcenter.org
As I continue to read, I was maneuvering the website looking for a catch. It’s homebase is in Massachusetts, but it’s mention of ABA was scarce. I consider myself to be an extremely open-minded person, but as a parent of a child with three different disabilities, I could easily see myself drinking the Kool-Aid in a nano-second. I mean, watching my son stim and struggle to find words when he’s feeling upset, angry, sick, or uncomfortable, is heartbreaking. My six-year-old child still uses his hands to express how he feels in a difficult situation, and having to explain to other people why my six-year-old just hit their child because he’s having a hard time sharing… well… it still kills me inside. I still feel the ridicule and the judgment of other parents sometimes, and I noticed that it’s not going to go away anytime soon. I even get looks from non-parents.
I’ve yet to ask my child psychiatrist about what he thinks of all of this, but I think I might give him a call just for giggles and Hahaas. I think he might be amused by this, and do some research himself. He’s that kind of guy.
So now that I’ve opened up a can of worms. I’d like to know what you think about all of this. Do you think that joining in on your child’s self stimulation, in order to earn their trust to pull them right back out, is an OK thing to do? Would you go through the Son-Rise program training in order to “save” your child? Do you think that this is too good to be true?