Come spend five amazing days away from the stress and strain of everyday life
in the company of other parents who share similar situations learning everything
you need to know to begin your own home-based Son-Rise Program.
All of our programs are designed especially for parents to teach parents how to effectively get help for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome and work with their children.
The Son-Rise Program Sequence
Our center offers The Son-Rise Program Sequence to both parents and professionals. The sequence consists of one Foundational Course and two Advanced Training Courses. These three autism training programs offer intensive guidance that allows participants to either create full or part-time home-based programs or to incorporate these autism strategies and techniques into current daily routines by using The Son-Rise Lifestyle approach.
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is a 5-day group training program for parents, relatives and professionals looking to facilitate meaningful progress in their children (ages 18 months through 60 years) challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and other related developmental difficulties.
Exciting, inspiring and diverse presentations by a group of seasoned and dedicated teachers, will deliver to you the autism strategies, expertise, motivation and knowledge honed through years of working with thousands of families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. At the end of this course, you will have all the tools necessary to design and implement your own home-based Son-Rise Program, as well as the skills and attitude to impact your child’s growth in all areas of learning, communication, development and skill acquisition.
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is designed to help those with children of varying ages, from 18 months through 60 years, with a wide range of developmental difficulties, most commonly Autism Spectrum Disordesrs and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
- Exciting, inspiring and diverse presentations by a group of seasoned and dedicated teachers, will deliver to you the autism strategies, skills, motivation and knowledge honed through years of working with thousands of families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Dynamic group exercises that spotlight key challenges in working with children
- Comprehensive video and audio training
- A powerful slide presentation that demystifies the seemingly randon and confusing behaviour of special children
- Question and answer forums to address critical questions and concerns
- An opportunity to brainstorm autism strategies and network with other parents, professionals and teachers facing similar challenges
- An in-depth manual that walks you step by step through all the key elements of The Son-Rise Program
Autism Training Program Topics Include:
Helping your child relate to others
No matter what level of development your child is at, this program can help you to connect deeply with your child and to build meaningful social interaction. We will give you the autism resources you need to generate within your child a sincere delight in human interaction so that your child initiates communication and interaction. You will learn how to help your child move beyond repetitive “stimming” behaviors without fighting these behaviors (it's easier than you might think). We will give you strategies for increasing eye contact, a pivotal step for learning and interaction. We believe that your child is capable of sincere affection and expressions of joy and caring, and we will show you how to encourage this on an ongoing basis.
Motivating and teaching your child
Every child has a right to be educated by someone that believes in him or her. Every parent wants their child to be able to say what he wants, express love and take care of himself. We believe with a certainty that your child can learn if he is highly motivated. In this program, you will learn how to find your child's motivations and interests. You will learn how to turn these into dynamic, customized learning experiences so that your child can learn and acquire the skills necessary for success in school and in life—from using the toilet or increasing attention span to reading a book or cooperating with others.
Speech and language development
Regardless of whether your child is using language or not, there are ways we can help you to help your child increase his/her communication skills. You'll learn to implement functional strategies for increasing verbal communication that will help your child interact, make requests and express himself. Whether your “child” is 3 or 23, we do not believe it is ever “too late” for your child to learn to communicate.
Capable leadership of your program
If you're like most parents we work with, your life is a juggling act. Having ongoing assistance helps you (by covering hours with your child) and your child (by varying who is teaching your child). In this program, you'll learn how to recruit and train a support team—with confidence. We can help you to utilize continual education, training and community support to maintain your program's effectiveness and success. We will also address everyday issues such as how many hours to run your program, how to vary your child's day and how to adapt your program to meet your family's needs.
Creating an optimal learning environment
Your child is capable of great learning in an environment that is comfortable, safe and free from over-stimulation. In this program, we'll show you how to construct an ideal educational environment. We can help you find and filter out nearly all of the most common distractions, many of which you may not even realize are affecting your child's learning. Also, you will learn how to eliminate the push-pull control battles that inhibit useful interactions. We'll show you how to use this special learning environment to maximize your child's development and participation while making your life easier and less chaotic.
Decisive and useful handling of challenging behaviors
Every parent and teacher struggles with certain things that their child does. We will teach you how to help your child to find different behaviors and more useful ways of communicating. In addition, you will learn practical techniques for preventing these behaviors before they happen. This makes day-to-day life a lot easier—for you and your child.
Capitalize on day-to-day learning opportunities
We can help you to become very effective at teaching your child during everyday activities. Meals, bath time, car rides, bedtime and trips present many opportunities to help your child to learn and grow without taking away from the trip or activity. You'll learn to utilize these experiences for your child's maximum benefit.
Attitudinal training and empowerment
For many, having a child with developmental difficulties and running a program to help him/her can feel very challenging. However, we believe that you are the most important force in your child's life. That makes taking care of you—and helping you take care of yourself—a major priority for us. You will have specialized, ongoing instruction in an attitude that feels peaceful, nonjudgmental, optimistic and hopeful. We will inspire you to overcome obstacles that may sometimes feel insurmountable. You will have opportunities to talk through your concerns and find answers. Whether it is stress management or time management, we can help you to care for yourself so that you can best care for your child.
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Potty Trained in 3 Weeks
When her son was diagnosed 3 years ago, Nicoleta found the symptoms of autism that her son exhibited to be devastating. She spent years looking for autism support networks and autism treatment programs for her son and was about to give up when she discovered the book ‘Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues’ – a potential cure for autism. Listen to the amazing journey she took with her son, enabling him to become a happy, sociable 6 year old with 50 words and fully potty trained after just 3 months of The Son Rise Program.
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Anthony Got All His Language Back
Poppy felt helpless and sad when Anthony started showing symptoms of autism – she didn’t know what to do and felt as if she had failed him. Poppy heard about The Son Rise Program through a friend who offered her the opportunity to join into Anthony’s world and love him unconditionally – an opportunity for autism recovery. She attended an autism training course called The Son Rise Program Start Up. Just 3 days after she returned home, her son’s eye contact and speech increased dramatically. Four days later, Anthony was able to tell Poppy that he loved her. Here is her story:
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"Mommy, I love you"
At 2 years old Lucas was diagnosed as severely Autistic. He showed symptoms of autism such as no eye contact and limited speech. His parents, Adam and Luzmary felt like their son’s progress was a dead end. With no connection at all with their son they felt like they were raising a robot.
Adam and Luzmary found The Son-Rise Program – a potential cure for autism and an alternative autism treatment program to the behavioral methods they had used before - to be simple and easy to use compared to other treatment for autism they had previously tried. The Son-Rise Program has helped Lucas to understand his feelings better. He’s become truly interested in other people and is now interested in conversation with others. Lucas can appreciate the people in his life so much more since beginning his Son-Rise Program.
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Parent Reviews and Autism Journey Letters:
Dear Bears and Samahria,
It is with great honor and much love that I send this letter to you today. My name is Beth Theisen and I am a recent grad of The Son-Rise Program Start Up that just finished in April. I had such a profound experience that I wanted to personally write to you and tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done for families whose children have autism.
My beautiful daughter Grace was diagnosed with autism in June of 2005. Since then there has been a constant struggle to find the appropriate path to follow in order to really reach her. It wasn’t until we discovered The Son-Rise Program that we truly felt we were on to something positive.
In March of 2012 we pulled Grace from the public school system due to the aversive ABA program that had been initiated in the school system. Not only was Grace experiencing challenges with social skills, but now she had to deal with a behavioralist who is constantly telling her to have “quiet voice, quiet hands”. When I arrived at The Son-Rise Program Start Up, that first day changed my life. I met this beautiful woman there that you may know. Her name is Bryn (just kidding)! She said something very profound. Simply put, she said, “What was the incentive I was giving Grace to want to speak with me?" If all we were doing was telling her ‘no’, ‘be quiet’, ‘hands-down’, why would she want to speak with me?” When I finally entered into Grace’s world, she let me know very quickly that I was the person she has been waiting for. This new found knowledge also carried over into my personal life. If I was constantly stressed, crabby, and unapproachable. What incentive did others have to want to be around me? The Son-Rise Program changed my way of thinking. Since returning from The Son-Rise Program, I have found that because I have chosen to be happy, it is so much easier for people around me to be happy! I deal with things so differently than when I first arrived at the program. I cannot begin to express in words how grateful I am to the two of you for taking Raun’s challenges and turning them into a lifetime journey that you so lovingly shared with all of us.
Thank you for trusting us with your knowledge and with your love; that we too should pass it on. I will be attending The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers course in November and I find myself being anxious for the time that I can return to The Option Institute.
Bears, I personally want to thank you for taking the time to drop in on our class on Thursday. What a surprise! The warmth and light that you brought to that room will remain in my heart for all eternity.
May Almighty God bless you both always, in all ways!
~ Beth T. Son-Rise Program Mom, New Hampshire USA
"By the age of 2, our son, began showing signs of Autism and became increasingly withdrawn.
It became difficult to take him out as he would throw tantrums for no apparent reason and scream and scream. We could not effectively communicate to him what was safe or dangerous; he didn't seem to understand. Specialists then diagnosed our son with Autism, and gave us a hopeless prognosis. We discovered the Autism Treatment Center of America. The impact that their Son-Rise Program made on my family is profound. By the end of the first week, Liam had asked his first question, talked in his sleep for the first time and played purely for pleasure. Today, he has developed into such an enthusiastic communicator. He exhibits an imagination that often leaves us and strangers awed. He has progressed in all aspects to such an extent that he now attends his local mainstream primary school.
The best indicator of his progress is that professionals visiting the school with the intention of examining Liam were unable to find the 'autistic child' and asked for assistance!"
~ William B., Scotland
"My 16-year-old son and family were in a crisis when we first heard about The Son-Rise Program.
He displayed symptoms of Autism and was having numerous seizures, becoming aggressive at school and was very unhappy.
Fourteen months later, with the benefit of the parent-training program taught at the Autism Treatment Center of America, Tyler is so happy. His conversation skills have developed incredibly, his seizures have been reduced from every 5 days to as long as 6 weeks apart! He gives spontaneous hugs, talks about his feelings, has developed a great imagination and is more comfortable in groups and new situations. We are so thankful to have found a way to help Tyler."
~ Gail P., Canada
"Son-Rise Start-Up Program has been the most beautiful life experience for my husband and I. We are going back home with a different, renewed state of mind, which is the key to help our son recover. And of course we learned the tools to implement and run The Son-Rise Program. We feel blessed, and cannot wait to start. Thank you, Son-Rise team."
-Carolina B., Son-Rise Program Mom, Italy
Child: Francesco, Age 2, Developmental Delay
"The Son-Rise Start-Up Program is the only place where unconditional love and acceptance are treated as the best tools to help kids with special needs. It's a training for the parent to change their mentality of looking towards any incidence as an opportunity to grow. It changed my perspective of looking at autism and gave me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It returned to me my capacity to DREAM. What else could I ask for!"
-Pragati O., Son-Rise Program Mom, California
Child:Ishan, Age 3, Autism
"I came to this program very confused, without knowing where the world is taking me to. NOW AFTER THE PROGRAM, I have changed so much- where I feel more CONFIDENT, POSITIVE and PATIENT. I am going to go into my son's world, hold his hands and WALK HIM OUT OF AUTISM. I know the route to bring him back thanks to The Son-Rise Program."
-Sri B., IT Release Manager, Connecticut
Child: Avaneesh, Age 5, Autism
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Autism Support Webinars:
If you want your child to want to interact with you and be really motivated to learn, then take a look at this webinar where Bryn Hogan, Executive Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America™, provides a brief introduction to The Son-Rise Program Start-Up. Bryn explains how coming to the three separate one-week Son-Rise Program training courses offered on our beautiful campus in the heart of the Berkshires and also in the UK can give you all the Autism resources that you need in order to be able to help your child through this loving and accepting alternative Autism treatment program.
Autism recovery is possible! Raun Kaufman, Director of Global Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America, introduces us to techniques and tools you can use immediately to help your child with challenges such as Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome. He explains that there is in fact a potential cure for Autism while giving positive Autism strategies in order to be able to best help your child from the starting point of truly accepting where they are right now.
Want to figure out if this is the best Autism solution for your child? This amazing three-part webinar compares and contrasts The Son-Rise Program with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) as potential treatments for Autism for your child. Raun Kaufman, the Director of Global Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America, talks about how The Son-Rise Program uses very different principles from those of ABA in that it does not try and get children to conform to a world that they don’t understand, but truly accepts them where they are while still wanting more for them. He explains that Autism Spectrum Disorders are not behavioral disorders, but social and interactional disorders that are usually treated with a behavioral approach.
Show your child that you love them and that you want to be close to them through amazing Autism strategies shared in this webinar. You will see an introduction to the new video Autism Solution: Getting Started with The Son-Rise Program. You'll meet Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, the originators of The Son-Rise Program. You'll also meet Raun Kaufman, the original Son-Rise Program child, now fully recovered from Autism and CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America who shares how Autism recovery is possible.