REASON - the name of this video course stands for:
RE - RECOVERY
A - from AUTISM
SON - for our SON
with great help of the SON Rise Program
Some parents accept their child has autism and rely mainly on traditional guidance from "the system". Solution-focused parents are smart and motivated enough to take the initiative and do more.
In over 70 minutes, the course gives solution-focused and open-minded Autism parents the advice and guidance they want to help build a better life for their child.
"When I heard about Gabriela Llewellyn and her story, I got excited. I have worked with autistic children for over 18years (within Czech Republic and European countries) and I was always happy to see, when an experienced parent, who distinctively helped their child with autism, is willing to share their experiences with other parents.
In the Czech Republic we were missing someone like that, and it took me some time to discover that under a British surname was a Czech mum, who had helped her son so much that he came out of the autism spectrum.
The majority of those successful families tend to keep the story of themselves and their children private (which is completely understandable), but luckily Gabriela chose differently. So later on I made some webinars with Gabriela for Czech and English speaking parents and we also recorded several videos about various useful subjects. Sleepless nights, worries about the future of your own child - while I can only theorise about those things, Gabriela has experienced them first-hand in her own life.
I am very thankful that we have her."
Linda Cecavová former licenced Son-Rise Program child facilitator
"From Tommy’s story I gained hope since I first heard about him at Gabriela’s web pages. I immediately wanted to meet Gabriela and Tommy personally and my wish came true and we even managed to film three interviews together for my YouTube channel. Gabina is a big inspiration for me, mainly because of her personal experience. She is not theorizing. All of the autistic challenges, which we are facing with our son, she faced with her son too, and she shows us that nothing is lost. Tommy today is an extremely nice, sociable and clever boy, who was playing lovingly with our Davidek. It touched me, when Davidek held Tommy’s hand, that was a truly historical moment. Gabriela could close and forget everything, which is connected with her son’s previous stage, and I appreciate very much that she did not do that and that she still shares her experiences."
Kristina Vochočova, YouTube channel: Z autismu se nezblaznime! (Czech Republic)
"Like many other parents also we are searching for information and experiences. We came to know Gabriela, who was very willing to share her experiences. She has a website www.parentautism.com/ and FB page Parent Autism. We had a consultation with her via Skype. Gabriela is very likeable, pleasant and energetic. The nervousness we felt at the beginning disappeared quickly and we felt that we are talking to a good old friend. At the time we were starting with the diet changes so her recommendations and guidance about food and the connection between the gut and the brain were very useful for us. Gabriela was applying the Son-Rise Program with her son, so even in this area her experiences and advice was valuable. We are trying what she recommended and it works great. We would gladly recommend her to those who are seeking help."
Veronika a Milan Pečínkovi (Czech Republic)
"The consultation with you helped me a lot, as it is like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and mainly – hopefully I will be more patient now, when I can see that you were proceeding slowly and yet you reached the end. People need to have motivation, to have strength to persevere in everything they do. Luckily we are already doing lots of things (diet, the Son-Rise Program, supplements), so now we have to believe that our daughter can make it. You are a big inspiration and support for me."
Lucie Březková (Czech Republic)
"When one hears that their beloved child has autism, and that feeling that the world and life has ended...That the child will never live and function in the usual way...Your heart is full of despair, head full of questions and you become a person full of doubts...And what our health system and therapists? They all were pushing us in to some extremely expensive ABA therapies, communications through pictures and they claim that if you refuse to pay/do it all that your child's future will be disastrous. So even we started the rollercoster a year and half ago - ABA, communication therapy, speech therapy...And what to say? Mountains of money spent, stressed and a tired mother. The child exhausted from moving from one therapy to the other. Where he is forced to do things he does not want to do. Using force/reward system and you hear his cry behind the close doors! And after a year of your child suffering and you both exhausted you can see only little results. And in that moment I said enough is enough and I found Gabriela. A person who gets me as a mother of an autistic child. What an amazing discovery for me! She heard me, understood and she knew what I am talking about. She knew exactly how I am feeling. Gabriela is a mother who decided to recover her child from autism - not by dragging him from one therapy to another - but by her own work and efforts through the Son-Rise Program, diet changes and more. She patiently explained what I wanted to know about the Son-Rise Program, the diet changes and supplements. And what’s more she helped me unselfishly and with love. As that is her way how she treats the parents of autistic children who are asking for her help. Thanks to Gabriela, her support and optimism I came to understood that my child is not weird, ill or forever lost in his own world but that my child is unique and special the way he is and that I am the main person, who can help him. I thank Gabriela for all this, for the hope, peace and determination she gave me. For her patience and that she is always here for us when we need her. She is a big asset for our autistic world."
Petra G. (Slovakia)
"The consultation with Gabriela shifted me, mainly because she is a huge inspiration for me. She gave me strength, motivation and solid believe to continue and not to give up. I am thankful to her for every answered question, which I did not need to Google for hours. She answers promptly and more to the point and more important I do not feel like I am wasting her time. On the contrary she was willingly happy to share her experience. She understands how costly it could get to be able to secure our children’s needs. Big thank you."
Katarína K. (Slovakia)
"Dear Gabi, it has been a year and quarter, since we started to work with our Marketka. I know that we did not win yet, but I do believe that everything will be well in the end. Marketka has made huge progress. She is starting to talk, sharing and her eye contact is improving...even though we did not do exactly the Son-Rise Program, I would like to thank you so much - for your advice and support. You have always helped me, when I was down. Thank you mainly for recommendations regarding the diet. I reckon we would not be able get better without the diet. All the best."
Magda C. (Czech Republic)
Gabriela is the mother of a eight year old boy, and with her husband, went through the initial shock of discovering that their son had autism when he was three.
Having no previous knowledge of autism, they immediately adopted a solution-focused approach and went out of their way to learn everything possible about it, and how it could be beaten. They quickly learned that the support offered by the traditional medical system was not enough for them.
Some approaches have been effective while others have not. In the REASON course, Gabriela shares everything she has learned about what took her son from his own little world, to being a happy and healthy little boy who now shares joy with his family and friends every day.
Gabriela's son woke up to a new dawn and his future looks bright. No autistic child is the same, but if only some of what is contained in the REASON course can help change your child's life for the better, isn't that worth considering?
After years of successfully recovering her son from autism, Gabriela has now published a book called "To Autism Parents With Love", which is available on Amazon.
She has also created this course for Autism parents. In over 70 minutes, the REASON course gives solution-focused and open-minded Autism parents the advice and guidance they want, to help build a better life for their child. It's one of the most realistic, practical and helpful courses available for Autism parents.
BEFORE: Our son was non-verbal. First we thought it was taking him longer to talk as he was coming from a bilingual family. When we understood that he was autistic, we switched to using one language - English. Still he kept trying to speak but he only made sounds which sounded like there might be a technical/mechanical problem and we got used to the idea that he might never talk. But that started to change soon after starting the Son Rise Program and changing his diet.
NOW: Our son’s speech is now clear enough that everyone, even strangers, can understand him easily, and he is using lots of long words. He taught himself to read, write and count when he was around four years old. He can express all his needs, feelings, ideas and wishes. He has a great sense of humour and he keeps making up stories and telling us what he did, and will be doing in school. He is an incredibly happy child who has even started to learn second language (Spanish) in school and he loves it.
BEFORE: Our son started to go to the kindergarten for three hours in the mornings since he was two years and six months old. He seemed deaf at that time as he wouldn't react to any request or question. He was not interested in any games or in any of his peers. He would sit quietly alone, or lost in his repetitive behaviour when he was stressed.
NOW: Academically he is now ahead of his peers as he loves reading and counting. But more importantly he has friends who he plays games with and who he tells us about when he's home. He gets invited to birthday parties and he has friends coming to his. Overall he is very happy and he loves school. Loud noises don't stress him anymore and he joins in with all activities including singing and acting.
BEFORE: Our son had sensory issues. He did not like being touched by almost anybody but me - his mother. But even when I picked him up he would never put his arms around me, and he seemed like a rubber doll with his limbs just hanging around him. He would never hold hands while walking and he didn't like to touch or be touched by anyone, which included animals such as cats and dogs.
But at the same time, he would go to total stranger in a street and try to climb on them. He could tell the difference between a stranger and someone we knew. He would never show his feelings and he was blind to the feelings of the other people.
NOW: My son loves his cuddles now. He will only go to family members or people he knows, and he clearly realises the different between familiar people and strangers. He likes to be cuddled and he holds hands all the time while walking. He loves the dog next door and loves to take care of him. He is also very affectionate and sensitive to the feelings of other people.
BEFORE: Our son was lost in his repetitive behaviour most of the time. He would spin himself around a lot and spins all sots of objects. He would never play with toys properly but he would make long lines of his cars, animals, building blocks, books etc. He would play with his hands front of his face, and it looked like a little dance with his fingers. He used to flip through books back and forth, over and over, without noticing the words of pictures in the book. He would run or walk back and forth endlessly and he was not "present". Only 2% of the time would he react if we called his name.
NOW: He is always present. He does not have any repetitive behaviour at all and he plays with all of his toys in they way they were made to be played with. He loves Lego and is able to follow instructions designed for children twice his age. He is able to use his imagination and build things without the instructions and he loves to play board games. He is a polite winner and a good loser. He always asks for our attention and loves to have a companion to play with.
BEFORE: Our son used to be on his iPad all the time. He usually listened to songs about numbers and letters over and over. This is how he taught himself to read, write and do basics maths by the age of 4. But unfortunately he preferred his iPad to human interaction and he wanted to watch Thomas The Tank Engine videos for hours on end, instead of playing with the actual toy trains.
NOW: He hardly wants to use his iPad and he prefers to play, either building his Lego, playing football, jumping on trampoline, playing board games, cycling or swimming, etc. He loves reading books and most importantly he understand the stories.
BEFORE: Our son didn't need much sleep. At the most, he would sleep for two hours at the most in one stretch. I kept the dairy, so I knew that his sleeping was even worse during the moon changes.
NOW: He goes to bed around 8pm most nights and he sleeps non-stop, waking between 6.30 and 7am. He has no major reaction to the moon changes, or at the most, very slight ones.
BEFORE: As soon as he got home he would take all his clothes off and run around naked. He was not able to dress himself. His body was oversensitive so for him to wear anything was uncomfortable and stressful. He would rather suffer from being cold then having to wear clothes to keep him warm. He did not pay any attention to what kind of clothes he was wearing either.
NOW: He dresses himself with no prompting and he keeps his clothes on all the time. He even chooses what he wants to wear and he has his favourite clothes. When he started in Year 1 in school, he become very proud of his smart uniform!
BEFORE: When our son was deep in his autism, it was very difficult for us to go anywhere. We live on a coast and if we took him to the beach, hoping he would enjoy the sea and play in the sand, but Tommy would run endlessly from one end of the beach to the other. My husband and I would take turns to run with him, but he didn't care whether we were with him or not. On a busy beach, he would not even recognise us. We also realised that for Tommy at that time, a crowd was just two people, although there were hundreds at the beach. Tommy would not go to the sea, and now I believe that it must have been so scary for him to see endless water and even waves which you can't predict. Tommy hated the feeling of sand on his body and his feet and he tried to keep clean. He would go and sit on a towel trying to clean the sand off his feet. Building sand castles was something that was not even possible back then. The whole beach experience must have been so overwhelming and stressful for him, and it was for us too. But like lots of parents we did not understand, we wanted him to have a good time and play like the other children.
NOW: Now our son loves the beach and the sea and looks forward to going. He starts playing with his toy trucks on the sand and building roads, tunnels and sand castles. He jumps over the waves, splash us with the water, and plays with his little surf board. He always stays with us and never runs away anymore. When he sees another child playing around, he shows an interest and approaches them in an appropriate way and they usually end up playing together in the water.
BEFORE: Sometimes I had to take Tommy to the supermarket with me as my husband would be working away and I had no family or babysitter around to help. What should be an easy job, with a child sitting nicely in the trolly would turn into nightmare. Tommy would be shouting, screaming all the time and trying to run away from me.
Again I did not understand how overwhelming this was for him. He was not able to see or hear the supermarket like you or I do. For him it looked like one big blur with lots of colours, people and loud music - total madness.
NOW: Tommy loves to help me with shopping. He puts the coin in to the trolley and drives away. He always wait patiently when I tell him to wait for me, and he reminds me to buy different items - like beer for Daddy and bananas for him. It's actually fun to do the shopping together now!
BEFORE: If we would take Tommy to a restaurant or cafe for lunch, he would not sit still at the table and my husband and I would take turns walking or running after him, and never be able to sit and eat our food at the same time. This made the whole experience something that was not enjoyable at all. We would compare our son with other well behaved children, without understanding that he is dealing with stressful situations and doing his best.
NOW: We can go to any place with Tommy. He sits nicely at the table with us, patiently waiting. He would have a book to read or little Lego to keep him occupied, in case he gets bored. Until now we find it hard to believe that we can actually can sit down and have a normal conversation while our son is behaving so well.
BEFORE: As we do not live in our home countries, every summer I fly with Tommy to the UK to spend some time with my in-laws and then to Prague (Czech Republic) to spend time with my parents.
Every time the flying experience would be very stressful. I now understand how stressful those times were for Tommy, but I didn't back then. Tommy would run away at every opportunity, running all around the airport, and screaming if I tried to pick him up. He would meltdowns as it was all too much for him to handle. He didn't care for watching planes or flying in one. He wasn't present, and he would hide in his own world to be able to manage the stress of the situation, which was overwhelming for him.
NOW: He loves flying! He waits for the taxi to take us to the airport and tells everyone where he is going to fly. He waits patiently in queues, and lets me buy my coffee and sit at the table waiting for our flight. He enjoys watching other people and children and planes taking off. It's now a pleasure and fun to travel with Tommy, and I really believe that many parents now look at me thinking "she's having it easy with such a well-behaved boy". Only if they knew what it used to be like! :-)