MAXIMUM IMPACT TEACHERS REVIEWED

What Some Say About Our Autism Treatment Program

Teacher Reviews

Teacher Reviews - Barry "Bears" Neil Kaufman

“Bears has been the most compelling and loving person I have ever met in my whole life. He has taught me how to look inside myself, search my own feelings without external help and become a person who is more self-aware, more self-confident and so much more outgoing. He brings out the best in everyone, celebrating each and every effort we make towards being open to ourselves and others. He clearly is the TRUE teacher of The Son-Rise Program®.”

Name: Chetna J. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom Country: India Child: Neil, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Quite simply, Bears is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by. His ability to pay individual attention to everyone in the class amazed me. Bears showed me how to change myself in ways I would never have thought possible. I feel he showed by demonstration (i.e., he does what he teaches) and specific examples how to become more loving, caring and present. Thank you.”

Name: Jane D. Occupation: Early Intervention Teacher Country: Australia Child: 5 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bears, you are the master! Before I came to The Autism Treatment Center of America™, I believed I could never think and believe The Option Process® philosophy consistently. You helped me to know that I can in every moment. I can choose to be present, I can choose to believe differently, I can shape my emotions to serve me better and I can logically dismiss the ones that do not serve me.”

Name: Linda B. Occupation: Homemaker State: Illinois Child: Beau, 5 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“Bears was even more than the fantastic stuff I expected. I didn’t think anyone could live up to his reputation, yet he was deeper and warmer and stronger than I thought possible.”

Name: Rick P. Occupation: Father/Husband State: Illinois Child: Sophie, 5 years old Diagnosis: Hereditary Motor Syndrome

“Thank you, Bears. You have taught me how to find passion. Without it, I was not really alive in this world. I can achieve anything I choose that is useful for me.”

Name: Sonali M. Occupation: Homemaker State: California Child: 5 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“At first I found myself to be in awe of Bears—he quickly helped me realize that he is just a man who has traveled the road to happiness, and I can do it, too! His teaching methods were real and personally applicable, and I found him to be an awesome teacher.”

Name: Rachel P. Occupation: Volunteer/Student State: Pennsylvania Children: 6 years old/6 years old Diagnoses: Sensory Integration/PDD

“Bears is incredibly insightful while actively showing warmth, humor, love and acceptance. His teachings were demonstrated in a way that made them easy to comprehend, learn and then use, enabling me to live my life to the fullest.”

Name: Robin T. Occupation: Company Director Country: England Child: Susie, 9 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bears was a dynamic speaker. He modeled leadership behaviors and attitudes. He brought love, acceptance and enthusiasm to our classes. I liked when he took time to focus on individual participants in dialogues, and I liked his humor and stories. Bears made the classes fun and I felt safe and accepted as I am, free to express, explore and grow.”

Name: Suzy R. Occupation: Mom State: California Child: 10 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“Bears brings an awesome aura to my experience. As the first Son-Rise Program® dad, he gives me a model for our own program. As a loving husband with a partner, he presents another model. And as a father, he is also a role model. But most of all, he is a living example of the kind of person I want to be.”

Name: Doug L. Occupation: CPA State: California Child: Nick, 8 years old Diagnosis: PDD/Autism

“Absolutely, incredibly awe-inspiring. I am honored to have been in Bears’ classes. He moved me past feelings of discomfort I had about what others said about my child, myself and our family.”

Name: Sara P. Occupation: Mom State: Maine Child Diagnosis: ADD/ODD/OCD/Gifted

“Bears is amazing as always. I feel his love so completely through his intense eye contact and awareness of everyone in the room. He is so focused and attentive to each and every one of us.”

Name: Shara O. Occupation: Mother Country: England Child: Toby, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autistic Spectrum Disorder

“I loved the wonderful dialogues Bears helped us through. He is a master of teaching every aspect of The Option Process®. I enjoyed his sense of humor and gentle approach with us all. FANTASTIC.”

Name: Pam R. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: California Child: Kelsey, 6 years old Diagnosis: Autism

Teacher Reviews - Samahria Lyte Kaufman

“Wow, what a beautiful, loving and accepting person Samahria is. She was funny and focused. I not only felt accepted by her, I felt embraced and deeply loved. Samahria demonstrated an immense respect and affection for all special children. I felt she modeled the passion we need to have to be the forces of nature that our children need. She answered all the questions thoroughly, with fun and excitement.”

Name: Suzy R. Occupation: Mom State: California Child: 10 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“Samahria is the ultimate role model. I have learned so much from this amazing woman. She makes it all seem so easy. I have learned that strength and love and acceptance can achieve anything. Thank you, thank you!”

Name: Jessica B. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: Louisiana Child: Matthew, 3 years old Diagnosis: Developmental Delay

“Samahria is truly motivational and inspiring but, most of all, practical. If anyone has a question about what to do in any circumstance with a special child, Samahria has numerous ideas and suggestions.”

Name: Robin T. Occupation: Company Director Country: England Child: Susie, 9 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Samahria’s different way of viewing an issue is so enlightening. She challenges me to consider all of the possibilities.”

Name: Doug L. Occupation: CPA State: California Child: Nick, 8 years old Diagnosis: PDD/Autism

“Graceful, yet playful. Samahria has the amazing ability to connect with you as if you have been life-long friends. Her compassion and love for all of our children are crystal clear.”

Name: Cyrus K. Occupation: Tax Attorney State: Michigan Child: Aristotle, 8 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Samahria has an unbelievable feeling of warmth, love and genuine affection for everyone in the class. I loved her direct style and humor. She was so natural and human—a joy to behold.”

Name: Betsy T. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: North Carolina Child: 3 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Samahria is pure energy! She has great ideas and insight, combined with the most authentic and wonderful laughter I have ever heard.”

Name: Paulette B. Occupation: Physician State: Pennsylvania Child: Patrick, 5 years old Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Samahria’s extreme and unconditional love have made me aware of my own limitless capabilities.”

Name: Sarah C. Occupation: College Student/Volunteer State: Ohio Child: Stephen, 6 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“I had placed Samahria on a very high pedestal but realized she is a person like all of us. She is incredibly knowledgeable, loving, funny, charismatic—all the things we have in ourselves but don’t show so readily.”

Name: Pam R. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: California Child: Kelsey, 6 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Samahria’s presence blew me away more than any tape or video or story—it was such an honor. I loved how she got right to the point answering questions and giving us all she had.”

Name: Kelly M. Occupation: Engineer State: Arizona Child: Benjamin, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Samahria is like a fountain of wisdom with practical suggestions. She genuinely embraced and really showed her love for every one of us and our children.”

Name: Carol D. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Morn State: Ohio Child: Danny, 5 years old Diagnosis: PDD/Language Delays

“Samahria is very helpful, courageous, a great person, focused, strong, creative and dynamic, and has conviction about the power of love.”

Name: Vikki M. Occupation: Housewife Country: Hong Kong Child: Cheng, 6 years old Diagnosis: PDD

Teacher Reviews - Bryn N. Hogan

“Bryn is the person I most love to listen to in the world! Her wit, knowledge and ‘grassroots’ understanding are extremely powerful. I am completely captivated when she talks and always come away with more understanding and power.”

Name: Joanne W. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom Country: Belgium Child: 2 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bryn is dynamic, yet at the same time has the ability to relate to every person’s concerns, fears and desires. After every session with Bryn, I feel that I can conquer and overcome any obstacle.”

Name: Cyrus K. Occupation: Tax Attorney State: Michigan Child: Aristotle, 8 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bryn once again amazes me! Her humor and passion are so inspiring. The real examples of her own experiences, which she so generously offers, are truly a gift so gratefully received. Her presence fills the room with grace. She captivates her audience completely!”

Name: Randa H. Occupation: Homemaker Country: Australia Child: Richard, 4 years old Diagnosis: Developmental Delay

“Bryn—WOW—what a woman, teacher, mother! I totally enjoy Bryn’s sessions, especially because she never runs out of examples, which she presents with such humor that they will not be forgotten. Bryn is a teacher I am relaxed around and can stay fully present with.”

Name: Nicky B. Occupation: Physiotherapist Country: Barbados Child: Chanice, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism/CP

“Bryn left me with the feeling that it is all so achievable and manageable. I have now received a complete ‘toolbox’ of techniques and practical living examples to use at any time.”

Name: Robin T. Occupation: Company Director Country: England Child: Susie, 9 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“I love Bryn—the true pioneer of our program. She laid the foundation and continues to spiritually nurture us here at The Autism Treatment Center of America™ and from afar. She is a gift!”

Name: Nancy S. Occupation: Musician State: California Child: Tess, 8 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bryn speaks beautifully while moving through the issues clearly and authentically.”

Name: Lisa G. Occupation: Administrator, Healthcare Facility State: California Child: Geena, 5 years old Diagnosis: ASP/ADD

“Bryn is excellent! She is caring, professional, bright, happy and a very good motivator. She is down to earth and highly entertaining.”

Name: Aine R. Occupation: Market Researcher Country: Ireland Child: Michael, 7 years old Diagnosis: Learning Challenges

“Bryn is wonderful! She is full of joy. I was able to clearly understand everything she provided.”

Name: Tamara M. Occupation: Homemaker Country: Jakub, Poland Child: 11 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bryn presented her materials in a clear and concise manner. I will have no problem implementing what I have learned from her in my son’s Son-Rise Program®.”

Name: Laura H. Occupation: Homemaker State: Michigan Child: 9 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“I am amazed at Bryn’s talent and ability to lead and teach. I love her sense of humor and gentle approach.”

Name: Lisa K. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: California Child: 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Bryn is radiant and outrageously brilliant!”

Name: Paulette B. Occupation: Physician State: Pennsylvania Child: Patrick, 5 years old Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Teacher Reviews - William Hogan

“I so appreciated seeing videos of William working in the playroom. He treats children with such dignity. I learned so much from him, which really had an impact on how I will act in and enjoy the playroom.”

Name: Sarah B. Occupation: Artist State: New York Children: Adam, 8 years old/Isaac, 10 years old Diagnoses: PDD/PDD

“William is sincere, warm, funny (so funny), attentive and informative. He puts across ideas and concepts thoroughly and clearly. I love his teaching style.”

Name: Shara O. Occupation: Mother Country: England Child: Toby, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

“William’s ability to show us what animated really means is astounding. I learn as much by watching him move as I do by hearing what he says.”

Name: Tim K. Occupation: Homemaker State: Minnesota Child: Thomas, 3 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“William’s enthusiasm and energy for his presentation and work are inspirational. As he speaks, he stimulates me to think of lots of useful ideas.”

Name: Doug L. Occupation: CPA State: California Child: Nick, 8 years old Diagnosis: PDD/Autism

“William really impressed me. He’s so funny, experienced and really alive. His contentment and happiness affect everyone. He has a lot of awareness and is very helpful and calm.”

Name: Rebekah W. Occupation: Housewife Country: Switzerland Child: 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“William was wonderful! He is clear and gives life examples that I can understand and relate to. He has a great sense of humor, and is fun to listen to and learn from.”

Name: Kathy B. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: New Jersey Child: Carter, 6 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“William really helped me get in touch with what is important in my life and helped me let go of unnecessary baggage.”

Name: Sarah C. Occupation: College Student/Volunteer State: Ohio Child: Stephen, 6 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“William has the ability to be the most effective teacher and inspirational at the same time.”

Name: Beth R. Occupation: Sales Representative State: Pennsylvania Child: Sarah, 6 years old Diagnosis: PDD/NOS

“William’s sessions were great! He is full of fun and provides good, solid information on technique and attitude.”

Name: Mark H. Occupation: Railroad Signaling Manager Country: England Child: Sam, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“William really demonstrates how to sustain my child’s interest in the playroom.”

Name: Ros L. Occupation: Homemaker/Reiki Practitioner Country: France Child: Rebecca, 5 years old Diagnosis: PDD/Autism

“William is loving, peaceful, inspiring, courageous, committed and focused.”

Name: Vikki M. Occupation: Housewife Country: Hong Kong Child: Cheng, 6 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“William provides an excellent source of knowledge, delivered in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.”

Name: Randa H. Occupation: Homemaker Country: Australia Child: Richard, 4 years old Diagnosis: Developmental Delay

Teacher Reviews - Kate Wilde

“Kate is animated and powerful in her explanations. What Kate says really sticks with me. When I think I have a difficult question, she always has a response that makes sense and is practical and very encouraging.”

Name: Joanne W. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom Country: Belgium Child: 2 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“I learned a lot from Kate through questions answered, her wonderful passion, as well as her incredible knowledge of all aspects of The Son-Rise Program®.”

Name: Sarah B. Occupation: Artist State: New York Children: Adam, 8 years old/Isaac, 10 years old Diagnosis: PDD

Teacher Reviews - Raun Kaufman

“What an incredible night. Wow! Raun is full of energy, excitement and enthusiasm. I was locked in from the moment he started talking. All I kept thinking was, ‘I hope my son grows up to be a fine young man just like him.’ Brilliant!”

Name: Pam R. Occupation: Son-Rise Program Mom State: California Child: Kelsey, 6 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Raun is a great person with a great message. He is confident, loving, visionary, committed, flexible, friendly, inspiring and congruent.”

Name: Vikki M. Occupation: Housewife Country: Hong Kong Child: Cheng, 6 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“Raun is so very down-to-earth. I love his approach to the curriculum. The Option Process® Dialogue part of the class was very well done and very clear.”

Name: Ericka P. Occupation: Recreational Therapist State: Texas Child: 12 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Sensational! I love Raun. He is so inspirational!”

Name: Kheng-Pong T. Occupation: Sales Manager Country: Malaysia Child: Yoke-Fang, 10 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Fascinating—an amazing character with a good sense of humor. It was great to meet him.”

Name: Kelly C. Occupation: Homemaker Country: England Child: 8 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Raun is amazing. His talks are focused, clear and funny.”

Name: Barbara T. Occupation: Son-Rise Program® Mom State: Indiana Child: Andreas, 12 years old Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Teacher Reviews - Beverly Haberman

“Beverly provided an incredibly useful session on The Option Process® Dialogue and the mentoring process. Her natural ease is inspiring.”

Name: Cheri H. Occupation: Homemaker Country: England Child: Sam, 4 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Gentle, yet full of knowledge. In less than an hour, Beverly had an amazing impact!”

Name: Randa H. Occupation: Homemaker Country: Australia Child: Richard, 4 years old Diagnosis: Developmental Delay

“Beverly is very effective in clearly communicating The Option Process® Dialogue and taking the mystery out of it.”

Name: Linda B. Occupation: Homemaker State: Illinois Child: Beau, 5 years old Diagnosis: PDD

“With Beverly’s guidance, I took something I thought was going to be difficult and made it as easy as buttering toast!”

Name: Tim K. Occupation: Homemaker State: Minnesota Child: Thomas, 3 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Very clear and precise. Beverly took the mystique out of The Option Process® Dialogue and made it into something you can do at any time.”

Name: Robin T. Occupation: Company Director Country: England Child: Susie, 9 years old Diagnosis: Autism

“Beverly was great! She provided clear, energetic responses to questions and shared good insights.”

Name: Lisa G. Occupation: Administrator of Healthcare Facility State: California Child: Geena, 5 years old Diagnosis: Asperger’s Syndrome