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Reflection On The Son Rise Program

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When I joined the Son Rise program as a sophomore, I had no idea what I would gain from it. The Son Rise program creates networks of volunteers that motivate speech and social interactions of autistic children. I was unfamiliar with special needs education but decided to take the plunge anyways and work with an autistic boy named Ainesh. The first few sessions I had with Ainesh were frustrating. Being a very goal-oriented person, I wanted him to talk, play and make eye contact with me. I left disappointed each time when he barely acknowledged my existence. However, I didn’t give up. I spent about four hours with Ainesh each week, and not a minute was wasted. I learned that there was no way I could completely understand how he views the world,

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