The Son-Rise Program intervention effects were reported by Kat Houghton, Julia Schuchard, Charlie Lewis and Cynthia Thompson in their article “Promoting child-initiated social-communication in children with autism: Son-Rise Program intervention effects”, published in the Journal of Communication disorders.
The study examined the effects of the Son-Rise Program, an intensive treatment aimed to improve child-initiated social communication in children with autism. Six children between the ages of 47 and 78 months were provided with 40hours of the Son-Rise Program, with pre- to post-treatment behavioural changes tested using a novel passive interaction probe task.
Results showed an increase in the frequency of spontaneous social orienting and gestural communication for the experimental children, compared to six age and behaviourally matched control children with autism. In addition, for the children who received treatment, the duration of social dyadic interactions and total time spent engaged in social interaction increased from pre- to post-treatment.
The findings suggest that intensive intervention focused on fostering child-initiated interaction increases social-communicative behaviours in children with autism.