Julie Sando’s grand plans to become a graphic designer took an unexpected detour more than a decade ago, when she began working with Trent, a 4-year-old boy with autism. A part-time job turned into a life-long passion. After Julie spent the next two years training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a family she knew sought another path in a course of treatment called The Son-Rise Program®, offered by the Autism Treatment Center of America. Julie kept an open mind, and the profound results she saw there made her a believer. Within a few years she completed their training as a Child Facilitator and Teacher. Today, through her own company, she empowers parents to reach their autistic children in ways that once seemed unimaginable.
I have read The Go-Giver book three times. One of those times I read one law a night along with my two best friends. Each day we put that law into practice.
I had recently started my own company, Autistically Inclined. Through my company, I get to work with families who have children with autism.
When it came time to practice The Law of Compensation, I decided to write a note on Facebook to all the families I have connected with through my company, sharing some free advice for common challenges that come up. This was my way of reaching as many people as possible at once.
In my post, I wrote about how many kids on the autism spectrum can be overly controlling, and how we can help them become more flexible by being the most predictable people we can be around them, thereby giving them a sense of more control.
At the end of my post, I wrote:
“I would love to hear stories of how this impacted you, your child, and your team. Tell us one example of what you tried and how your child responded. And feel free to post any questions if anything feels unclear. You have a whole team of people here to support you!”
I was amazed to see the response: within the first six hours, people posted 25 comments. That’s pretty good for having had my business up and running for only 5 months!
It sparked a lot of interest in the book as well. These families run their own businesses as they have a team of therapists working with their kids day in and day out.
Reading The Go-Giver and putting it into practice has changed my path in a huge and exciting way, and I share it with as many people as I can!
Julie Sando, Founder, Autistically Inclined