A program called Son-Rise provides therapy for children with autism on the premise that children need to improve their communication skills before moving on to face academics. Therapy sessions include lessons and activities that teach children the importance of making eye contact and building personal relationships. "Nate has gone from speaking one- to two-word sentences to stringing seven or eight words together to make a coherent sentence," said the mother of a 6-year-old with autism who has participated in the program.

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