Q: Dear Bryn,
Approximately 15 years ago, we found that my son was not just “shy” but actually had a problem. After a lot of years of intense therapy and hard work, doctors finally admitted he had been born mildly autistic. At one point, when he was about 7 years old, I was asked to have him committed. I was told there was nothing I could do to help him. At that time, a movie aired on TV called Son Rise: A Miracle of Love. It was about a family in the same situation who made a decision to focus all their love and attention on their child and NOT have him committed. It was supposedly a true story. It came at just the right time. I found the strength and courage I needed to go with my gut feelings and ignore the “experts”. My son is 20 years old now. He graduated in the top 5% of his class. Teachers who know him now have no idea of the long journey he has made. I have tried for years to get some background on this movie. Was it a book first? Perhaps your organization can help me. Is there somewhere I can obtain a copy of the movie (or a book)? I have found myself often quoting parts of this movie to other parents in the same circumstances. I would love to have a copy for myself. Please let me know if one is available, or if you have ever heard of this movie.
A: Dear Marjo,
You have contacted the right place! Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love was the NBC TV movie made about Bears and Samahria Kaufman, who then went on to found The Option Institute’s Son-Rise Program here in Massachusetts. What an amazing thing that this movie found you at a time that was so poignant for you and your son! Please do contact us, or go to our web site to get a brochure and perhaps join our mailing list. (We can get you the book and the movie if you want them) Warm Regards,