What Does a Son-Rise Volunteer Do?

Play! Act silly! Be free! Learn and practice letting go of personal judgments!

Leon’s Son-Rise sessions are opportunities for him to grow in all areas of personal development, specifically the domains which are challenging for people with autism – flexibility, verbal communication, interactive attention span and eye-contact/non-verbal communication. We do this through play, using his motivations and celebrating in a big way when he achieves a goal!

Here is a short video of a dual play session with Leon, myself and a volunteer. Obviously what we are doing is walking on our knees with stuffed cats on our heads and then tossing them around the room! But the goals being worked are increasing his flexibility and attention span for games led by others. You see, Leon can play some games with another person but they often have to be done his way, by his rules, following a his set routine. For example, he likes to line up the stuffed cats and make them all say meow in funny voices. We can do this routine over and over again 20 times and that’s OK. That is joining the Son-Rise way! But when he is open to it (giving us a green light) we encourage and inspire him to reach his goals.

Working in the playroom this way has helped me tap into my creativity and BE in the moment. To be in the moment, I’ve had to let go of so many beliefs and judgments that are holding me back. If I’m thinking, “Leon said ‘no’ to my idea. I’m not creative, I can’t do this”, I’m not being in the moment. In the moment is:  “I got a ‘no’ on that idea. Now I’m going to try something else!” And then celebrating the Son-Rise way when he says yes!

Read the next blog What Is Son-Rise? to find out more!

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