One reason why the Son-Rise Program is the easiest, yet most productive therapy for autism is because it’s based on parent’s instincts. Juliet, our nanny (not a mommy yet but) instinctively knows how to help Nathan. Nathan still gets his pronouns wrong. But if he wants, he can construct perfect sentences. This is how his Ate Juliet helps him:
Juliet: raisins? (she knows what he wants but won’t move until he gives her a full sentence)
Nathan: Do you want raisins? (still getting his pronouns mixed up)
Juliet: No, I don’t want raisins. (still pretending to act like a dummy to promote child’s speech)
Nathan: (pauses and thinks) Ate Juliet, I want raisins please.
Juliet: Good asking! I’ll get your raisins!
1. Even if you know what child wants, act like you don’t understand, to help him verbally communicate his needs.
2. Motivation: reward his efforts with enthusiasm!
This is better than correcting him all the time. That might make him feel insecure that he cannot construct sentences right. And next time, he may choose not to interact anymore.