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  • Becky Damgaard, Son-Rise Program Teacher
    Becky Damgaard, Son-Rise Program Teacher

    BIOGRAPHY
    I first became interested in The Son-Rise Program back in 1999 when I volunteered for a family local to my home in Kent, England. It was the most respectful and loving way of working with special children and at the same time I was learning so much about myself and my attitude in the process. It was the perfect mix of incorporating my passion for being with children and a way of becoming more loving and comfortable in my life. I have been at the Autism Treatment Center of America since 2004 and became certified as a Child Facilitator in January 2006. Certified as a Son-Rise Program Teacher in December 2009, I am currently completing my residency. Since being involved with The Son-Rise Program I have volunteered in six Son-Rise Programs and have worked with over 250 children and families here in The Son-Rise Intensive Program.

    Quotes from Son-Rise Program parents
    “I love Becky. She was so helpful in preparing me for whatever comes my way in Adam’s program. She gave (wonderful) feedback and she even let me practice anything I was unsure about. She was so thorough in everything – making sure all my questions were answered. She helped me see myself as really powerful.”

    Chrissy, Florida

    “A sweet calm and beautiful mind. Someone present to listen and therefore open to help. She is the angel in the poem she read for me and I will memorize her words, ‘You are a powerful and talented woman.’ This is something I will remember every time I have down moments in my life”

    Ana, London

    “You are the jewel that gave us light to see through the dark”

    Marty , Florida
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  • Susan Humphries, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator
    Susan Humphries, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator


    BIOGRAPHY
    I have worked in supporting the growth and well being of people diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities for over 14 years. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University and have been in training at the Autism Treatment Center of America since September 2006. I received my certification as a Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator in November 2007. I am pursuing certification as a Son-Rise Program Teacher. My experience in direct care, training professionals and being an advocate for support services as a case manager has allowed me to get an understanding of the importance of a family being empowered and supported in their journey with their special child. Being a part of the staff at the ATCA has given me great insight and joy not only in my work but on a personal level.

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    “Today, I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of the people from your staff, Susan. She came to work with our entire team. After meeting Susan and seeing/watching what she does, I am completely inspired. I would love to have the opportunity to do what she does, interacting with families and their teams and helping them help their children. I love what you guys do!”

    Jakob, Volunteer/College Student
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  • Kim Korpady, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator
    Kim Korpady, Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator


    BIOGRAPHY
    My love and dedication working with special children took flight in college where I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development. From my volunteer experience in the community my love for special needs children and adults grew, and my desire to pursue this further followed me until I discovered The Son-Rise Program. I supported a full time Son-Rise Program for over two years. I also spent many hours volunteering my time in the fine arts community as well as other Son Rise Programs in the area. I am now in residency at the Autism Treatment Center of America as a Certified Son Rise Program Child Facilitator. Since working at the ATCA my passion for forming connections with Son-Rise Program children continues to inspire and enrich my journey and my belief in the power of love.

    “Kim was so passionate and energetic, watching her in the playroom was an inspiration, and her love for Jasmine and dedication to what she does really shined through. It is one of the most beautiful memories I will take home with me and into the playroom- watching her with Jasmine. A place to work towards!”

    Jade Fersterer, Son Rise Program volunteer
    Child’s Name: Jasmine Cooney

    “I don’t think I have ever met a happier person in my life. You have a 1000 watt smile! I have never seen more deeper and meaningful joining than watching you with William. Your three E’s in the room were off the charts!”

    Jeff Britton, Son Rise Dad, Internet Sales
    Child’s Name: William Britton
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