Recommended Certified Son-Rise Program Professional Network Including Staff Bios

In an effort to help you as you move through your journey with your child, we have created a list of individuals that we recommend that you use if you are looking for Son-Rise Program Support Services (Consultations, Outreaches, Video Feedback, etc.). We understand that some parents are confused regarding the status of previously and currently certified practitioners.

Below you will find a list of Son-Rise Program service providers that we are excited to recommend to you. Any individuals that you learn of that are not listed below may not be included for one of the following reasons:

Important note: When checking the credentials of any service provider please note that having participated in a Son-Rise Program training experience does not necessarily mean that an individual has a current certification nor does it mean that they are recommended by the Autism Treatment Center of America. Please check our list of recommended practitioners or contact us directly to ensure you are receiving the quality and expertise that you and your child require.

Son-Rise Program Staff at the Autism Treatment Center of America

Certified Son-Rise Program Teachers:

  • Barry Neil Kaufman - Co-Founder/ Co-Originator/Senior Teacher/Trainer
  • Samahria Lyte Kaufman - Co-Founder/ Co-Originator/Senior Teacher/Trainer
  • Raun K Kaufman - (Son-Rise Program Group Facilitator)
  • Bryn Hogan - ATCA Senior Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher and Group Facilitator)
  • William Hogan - ATCA Senior Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher and Group Facilitator)
  • Kate Wilde - ATCA Senior Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher and Group Facilitator)
  • Becky Damgaard - ATCA Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher)
  • Susan Humphries - ATCA Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher)
  • Gerd Winkler - ATCA Staff(Son-Rise Program Teacher and provider of In-Home Outreach’s Worldwide)

Son-Rise Program Individuals in Private Practice

We recommend the following Certified Son-Rise Program Teachers*

We recommend the following Certified Son-Rise Program Instructor*

We recommend the following Certified Son-Rise Program Child Facilitators*

The Importance of the Certification Process

The following document was created to help families using The Son-Rise Program to understand our certification process. It should ensure that the individuals whom you enlist to support your family are qualified and capable of providing the services you require. In the past, we have seen individuals misrepresent themselves as qualified to provide services that they were never trained by our organization to provide, or by presenting themselves as “Certified” by the Autism Treatment Center of America when they were not.

We are providing you with an overview of our Certification process as well as a description of our Re-Certification Process. Below, you will find a brief description of the services each person is trained to provide so that you will be informed about those who are claiming to provide services that they are not qualified to provide, and can ensure that you are working with the most qualified and capable individuals.

Professional Training Programs

At the Autism Treatment Center of America, we offer two training programs: Son-Rise Program Staff Child Facilitator and Son-Rise Program Staff Teacher.

The Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator Training Program involves three years of in-depth, hands-on professional training.

Certified Son-Rise Program Child Facilitators have been trained to provide the following services:

Certified Son-Rise Program Instructors

The Son-Rise Program Instructor training was only available to those who had successfully earned certification as a Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator. Additional training was provided to allow the individual experience working with many different volunteers and support staff involved in the lives of children with special needs. Certified Son-Rise Program Instructors have been trained to provide the following services:

*Instructor certification is no longer available.

The Son-Rise Program Teacher Training Program is only available to those who have successfully earned certification as Son-Rise Program Child Facilitators. Four years of additional training is provided which includes:

Son-Rise Program Teachers are highly trained and experienced individuals. They have the capacity to teach all aspects of The Son-Rise Program to individuals, families and volunteer teams. In addition, they are trained to provide guidance, problem solving solutions and attitudinal support throughout your program with your child. They are trained to provide the following services:

Professional Re-Certification Policy

We require all certified Son-Rise Program Child Facilitators, Instructors and Teachers who are not working at the Autism Treatment Center of America to complete a re-certification process every two years so that we may ensure that they have maintained their skills and are able to continue to provide quality service to families and children. If an individual does not initially meet the standards for re-certification, we offer clear feedback on the necessary points of change and the opportunity to submit further samples of their work.

*These are independent operators and as such The Option Institute and the Autism Treatment Center of America (ATCA) has no responsibility for their actions and makes no claims or warranties.

*ATCA’s list of recommended professionals is compiled at the sole discretion of ATCA. As a result, there is no set of specific requirements that will guarantee a professional’s inclusion on the list. In the process of deciding whether to recommend a professional, ATCA takes into account a variety of different considerations included but not limited to the following: (a) certification status; (b) training; (c) experience; (d) effectiveness; (e) the manner in which a professional repesents herself/himself; and (e) adherence to ATCA’s principles/philosophies.