One Moms Son-Rise Program Journey
I had just about given up hope on finding help for my family by the time I scheduled my 25 minute call with the Autism Treatment Center of America for consultation on The Son-Rise Program. The minute I found out that the training involved me traveling to Massachusetts for a week made me doubt that this program was possible for my son. The numerous hurtles that I would have to overcome made the trip seem impossible. That all changed after talking to Brian Nelson, a Son-Rise Program Advisor. After that initial call with him I knew that no matter what it took, I was going to do this. I never once looked back.There are too many reasons why I feel I owe my peace of mind to The Son-Rise Program to list, but to all you families out there wondering if this program is even worth looking into, I want to share a few. First of all, Brian was the first person in 18 months who told me that he believed my son could be helped. If you, like me, have been literally beaten down by all the negative medical jargon thrown your way like “lifelong disability”, “mental retardation” and “profound developmental delay”, you will know how much that meant to me. Also, he shared the story of his personal journey through the Son-Rise program with his son Jake. Not only did this make him better able to explain the ins and outs of initiating this home based, parent directed program but also gave him an insight on where I was emotionally that only someone who has been there could have. Finally, he and his support staff were there to not only provide me information about the program, but to help with travel plans, questions and concerns, as well as suggestions on how to prepare for the upcoming training. I was sent a start-up kit which included loads of literature, books, dvd’s, audio cd’s, everything I needed to be fully aware of the history of how the program came to be and what I could expect from my training at the Institute.