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Gerd Winkler - Son-Rise Program Senior Teacher

Name: Gerd Winkler

Title: Certified Son-Rise Program Senior Teacher

Region: Global

Phone: 808-826-9756 or 808-651-6655


Areas of Expertise:


“My life changed dramatically 25 years ago! I watched two parents embrace their child with Autism in the most loving, accepting and non-judging way that I had ever experienced. I was watching the movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love, based on the book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, when Barry Neil and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, with their son Raun, created The Son-Rise Program in their bathroom. I was so passionate about facilitating change within a family that the love and acceptance of The Son-Rise Program seemed like the obvious treatment choice to help families! Now, I am a Certified Son-Rise Program Senior Teacher and Child Facilitator from the Autism Treatment Center of America. Using The Son-Rise Program principles, I continuously and consistently see signficant changes in children, parents and volunteers in ways far beyond what I could have ever dreamed. The Son-Rise Program bridges countries, cultures, religions and race - the principles apply to everyone!”

“For the past 20 years, I’ve been teaching The Son-Rise Program to families and professionals in the United States, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Greece, Italy and Canada. I travel to the Autism Treatment Center of America to teach in The Son-Rise Program Intensive, where I work directly with parents and their children. I also provide training for the resident staff involved in The Son-Rise Program Professional Certification Program. I have had the privilege to work directly with over 1,300 families and their beautiful children with Autism.”

Quotes from Son-Rise Program Parents

“Absolutely top level. So professional and at the same time so personally involved, inspiring, and dedicated. We all love Gerd and are so very thankful to him. Gerd models what to do, how to do it and why to do it. Fantastic!”

Joe and Debbie Hiberson, Denmark
Child's Name: Jashua / Age: 16 / Diagnosis: PDD, Asperger's Syndrome

“I was thinking about Gerd today and remembering all the loving, humorous insights he shared with us on both his outreaches. They still reverberate in our minds and in Saira's program. I just wanted to pass by his wall and sprinkle a little love and gratitude”

Netty Yasin, Fulltime Son-Rise Program Mom Extraordinaire, London
Child's Name: Saira / Age: 10 / Diagnosis: ASD

“We all had such an amazing time when Gerd came for the outreach in July!!! He really inspired us to step it up a notch and to request, request, and request whilst having great fun! It was truly inspirational to see him in the playroom and to hear his wonderful attitude. If he ever decides to come to the UK twice in a year please let us know!”

Ginny Yeoward, Fulltime Son-Rise Program Mom Extraordinaire, London
Child's Name: Giovanni / Age: 10 / Diagnosis: ASD

“I just wanted to say thanks again to Gerd for a really wonderfully two days. I have learnt so much more again about myself and now really going to pump up the energy challenging Rohan. I loved his 3E’s, his passion, his calm warm loving way of listening to us, challenging us and teaching us. Thank you, Gerd for making it all this way... just for us.”

Rekha Neilson, Fulltime Son-Rise Program Mom & Certified Option Process Mentor, Cambridgeshire
Child's Name: Rohan / Age: 8 / Diagnosis: ASD

Experiences as a Son-Rise Program Senior Teacher:

These support services are designed to help families and caregivers enable their children to dramatically improve in all areas of learning, development, communication and skill acquisition.


The Son-Rise Program is a powerful, effective and totally unique treatment for children and adults challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger’s Syndrome and other developmental difficulties. It offers highly effective educational techniques, strategies and principles for designing, implementing and maintaining a stimulating one-on-one, home-based, child-centered program.