Volunteer in Aydan’s Son-Rise Program!


Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for Aydan’s Son-Rise program.  Your support and prayers make a difference in our family’s life.

I believe many children within a state of autism, though their language is often limited, they are still highly intuitive and have a great sense of emotional intelligence.  The sheer fact that one is volunteering their time to spend with a child out of the goodness of their heart will be healing to them.  Son-Rise is unique compared to other forms of therapy as it begins with our beliefs.  It asks us to maintain radical acceptance of the child no matter what.  They are loved, valued and honored exactly as they are and through that alone miracles occur.

For long term volunteers (typically at least 4 hours per week for 6 months) we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about keeping a positive attitude and are willing to maintain a belief in healing.

We are offering:

  • Specific instruction in methods of The Son-Rise Program to help a special child.
  • The chance to help create a miracle and help a beautiful boy become healthy, whole and capable in his life.
  • Hands-on training and learning in a brilliant model that has been proven to work thousands of times, and that can provide a deeper understanding not only of healing from autism, but also of child neurological development, while working individually with our child.
    • An internship completion certificate issued by ASD Climber Foundation (a non-profit organization) that could be helpful (depending on your situation) in future employment, or for school credit.
    • Supervision, training and feedback from a program that has been finely honed, and that WORKS. Newly published scientific study supporting Son-rise, available here.
    • Training in your own personal and psychological development, as you gain tools to help you: love what is; be present in the moment; and make happiness a choice that you can bring everywhere you go.
  • Skills to help you join, build, and initiate with children.
    • The opportunity to PLAY and have a blast.
    • Tools to help you be a force of nature in the playroom, and in life.

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Review of New Zine by Curious Peacock!

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Amazing and long over-do. It is so refreshing to see fun and exciting, yet educational material for middle to highschool age children.

This material does a great job cutting through the myths and propaganda, while getting to the truth of the subject in an entertaining way that captures the student’s interest.

I’m looking forward to checking out the other zines. My 7th grade homeschooler is sure have fun with these.

To find the free download and check out Curious Peacock’s other articles, go to: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Measles-Outbreak-2430100


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10 days (ish) of GAPS / SCD pies!

Always taking the opportunity to turn family cooking into a homeschool event. The science behind meringue.. http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0078616441/student_view0/food_science_activities/demystifying_meringue.html

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Let them eat pie…P14107481

Being on a restrictive diet; albeit a healing one can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been much of a cook.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I was not a natural Suzy home-maker.  I was not raised being taught how to cook, sew and garden like the generations before mine.  I found these acts of empowered survival to be tedious chores.  It was not until my 2nd child, Aydan regressed into autism and severe gut dysbosis after vaccination that I began to re-think my position.

When we started our journey into gluten and dairy free back in 2007, it wasn’t the high profile diet it is today.  There weren’t GF versions of everything from panko crumbs to oreo cookies.  It was just beginning to boom in popularity and I was willing to partake in whatever short-cut was available to me, until I realized this…

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GAPS EggNog IceCream! (And tips for adults and egg allergies too).

As always.. Anytime you cook as a family it’s a good school project. The science, history of ice-cream, the nutrition facts of GAPS, etc etc.

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Hey y’all… It’s the holidays and here in Southern California (unless you live in the mountains), it’s ice-cream season year round.  And what says the holidays more than egg-nog?

Personally it’s always been a bit too sweet and thick for my taste, like someone took pancake batter and put it in a glass… However, I’m cooking for the whole fam and everyone wants to be apart of the scene.  So… I went in search of a dairy free egg-nog recipe that was GAPS legal and although there are several legal egg-nog recipes, (like this one from GAPS journey), I couldn’t find any straight up, easy capreezy, lemon squeezy GAPS ice-creams but this one from Plated with Style is pretty darn close.

In fact the only modification you would need to insure it GAPS/SCD friendly is changing the Coconut Sugar to honey.  Though coconuts, coconut flour, cream and oil…

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The Holidays on Autism (And Loving the Life I never knew I wanted)!

Homemade advent calendars are a good art project too…

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To be an autism mom means spending several hours making a home-made advent calendar so your leaky gut, autoimmune, GAPS kid feel included and having him wake up in the middle of the night to completely obliterate it…

Now I know it wasn’t much to look at to begin with.. I have honestly never been super artistically inclined or artsy crafty.. At least not compared to the numerous experts you see on pinterest.  Growing up I was certain I’d be a “working” mom.  I thought I’d be a teacher, writer or a radio talk show host… Wait.. come to think of it, I am all those things.. I just don’t get paid for it.. Well.. at least not in monetary value.

After being thrust into stay-at-home mom-hood by a highly demanding vaccine damaged child, I discovered something miraculous.. I love it!  Now, I’ve had my moments.. I’ve had those…

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Food, Love and Autism.. Again

Also a homeschool project…

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A while back I wrote an essay tiled Food, Love and Autism.  It was re-titled and published by the late great Heidi Stevenson, former editor of Gaia-Health.  At the time I was still struggling and crying over the food issue with autism.  Our kiddos are the guttiest kids with the leaky guts the size of the Grand Canyon.  Even main-stream ‘science’ has caught up to what us autism parent’s have known since the beginning.  The gut effects the brain.. like A LOT.

Today with a 10 year old and 8 years diet and research experience I’m a veteran.. who still cries and struggles over diet but hey.. it’s worth it and bringing out my inner June Cleaver is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  I have been blessed to be a stay at home mother of 3 beautiful kids and the wife of a…

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Too Many Tomatoes?

Today’s nutrition, home-economics class is on what to do when you have too many tomatoes.. Home-made sauce?  Canning?

We opted for sauce to be used in a grain-free spaghetti squash dinner..

grain free pasta

From Eatingrules.com:

Homemade Tomato Sauce
Author: Tina Ferris
Recipe Type: Sauce
  • 4-5 pounds very ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  1. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil.
  2. One by one, use tongs to place each tomato into the boiling water. Leave each tomato for about 30-45 seconds. Then, use tongs to remove each tomato and place immediately into an ice water bath in a large bowl.
  3. This is my favorite part. The skins of the tomatoes will crack and start to peel; all you have to do is simply peel the skins off completely. (You can save these skins to make your own hearty tomato paste!)
  4. Using a knife, quarter each of the tomatoes and cut away ant of the hard pieces.
  5. Now, it’s time to squeeze out the seeds and excess water. Place an empty bowl on your work surface and squeeze out the seeds and liquid. Place the drained tomatoes in a strainer and allow them to strain longer. Don’t worry if you don’t get every seed out. The point is not perfection; the point is rustic, homemade goodness.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Place the tomatoes in the skillet and bring to a boil.
  7. Bring the heat down to a simmer. There is no need to break apart the tomatoes. Over time, they will simmer down and break apart. Simmer for at least 45 minutes. You may simmer longer depending on your desired thickness. Less time results in a chunkier sauce whereas more time will result in a thinner one. At the end, finish it off with a pinch of organic sea salt and stir it in. Enjoy!