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Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues Reader Reviews

Empowering! A must-read!

“In a world where parents of special-needs children are constantly told they don't know what's best for their children and the "experts" favorite answer is to forcefully "modify" a child's behavior to appear normal, this book is a refreshing demonstration of the power of parental love and determination. When told by the recognized experts that their son, Raun, was hopelessly autistic and mentally retarded, uneducable and in need of institutionalization, the Kaufmans chose to look to their child as his own expert. Hours of open-minded observation, experimenting and lovingly joining Raun's actions, gave them a unique understanding of him and the key to reach into his strange world and ultimately inspire him to become a part of theirs. Raun's total recovery from a supposedly incurable disorder is a demonstration that the "experts" don't always know best and that scientific studies often fall short. This is a story about trusting yourself and a special-needs child, or anyone, to know what is best for themselves and using observation, respect and openness to find the best answers to meet any challenge. It's a story of really going for what you want, despite the established beliefs others insist on, and enjoying the process. I wish every parent, teacher, professional or person who has contact with children would read this book!”

Gaylen Tharp, Arlington, Texas, USA , August 30, 1998

A story of love, hope and wonder!

“Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues is one of the most inspiring and beautifully written books I have ever read. In fact, I have read it again and again, and each time I am moved and touched in new and wondrous ways. It is a story filled with love and joy and exploration and wonder. It is a story about real hope and the unending belief that everything is possible. Barry Neil Kaufman describes with great beauty and honesty the personal details of the journey he and his wife, Samahria, traveled with their once-autistic son. The love and passion and delight surrounding their journey spills forth from the pages. It is truly extraordinary. The totally loving, accepting, and non-judgmental attitude that they brought to their special son, and to themselves, seems so right and so clear. It is the kind of love everyone would want. And while the love and attitude are central, Mr. Kaufman also details how they made this love tangible and visible to their child, working with him every day in this very special way, making their love even more powerful through their actions. And it works. After reading this book, I was inspired to do a Son-Rise Program for my own special child, who has, as a result, completely transformed and blossomed into the beautiful child he is today. It has changed his life and my own. What an incredible gift! Whether you have a special child in your life, or you want a very special book, "Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues" will truly touch you and inspire you in wonderful ways.”

A life-changing experience!!

“This book totally changed my life. After our son was diagnosed with Autism, we were told he was severe and probably would never speak. I felt hopeless and confused about what the future would hold for him. The Kaufman's book totally changed my life and I realized that there was so much hope for him. Through the Son-Rise program, we were taught that attitude, excitement and love can all work together to bring about great changes in children with special needs. Now our son is an absolute joy to be with. He has good language skills, he laughs and jokes and hugs and best of all, he loves people. Everyday is a gift! If you want to be inspired, read the book.”

A reader from Mansfield, CT , August 23, 1998

“This wonderful book of unconditional love changed my life.

I read every book I could find on alternative treatments and therapies [for autisim]. Nothing I read appealed to me. Then a family member gave me the book that would significantly alter our lives. Little did I know that when I read Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, that my life, the lives of every member of my family and many in our community would be forever changed. As a person who was brought up in a rather open-minded home, the Kaufman’s precepts, teachings and beliefs at once made perfect sense. I knew when I finished the book that I would take my family to Option Institute to learn this process. I had hope once again.

The most important thing that Barry Neil Kaufman has taught our family is to reach for the stars, believing whole-heartedly that you will touch them, while totally accepting it if you do not attain your goals. What we used to look upon as tragedies now are always viewed as opportunities for growth and happiness. Thank you Bears Kaufman for your beautiful words of wisdom, hope and love.”

Laura Shook, United States, August 23, 1998

With it's message of hope, this book saved our lives.

“This book saved our lives. When my 2 yr. old son was diagnosed as autistic the entire medical profession turned their backs on him with terms such as "hopeless" or "we've never seen this before". My wife was fortunate enough to be handed this book by one of our son's occupational therapists and after reading it, she handed it over to a world class With each line my eyes opened to a new world where I started to see opportunity instead of tradgedy, acceptance instead of repulsion and hope where there was once was no where to turn. The secret of this book is not in it's method of guiding special children, but in it's effect on the parents of that special child. When you are finished, you truly understand how "special" your child is and how with each new challenge, new wonderful doors open in your life. This book is essential for any parent dealing with the issues of raising a special child no matter what philosophy is being used in the child's development. If you are also fortunate enough to incorporate the teachings of the book into your child's program, you will see truly miraculous results. Don't pass this one up!!!!”

Scott Sanes, Houston, Texas, August 22, 1998

Love & acceptance prevails! Bravo Barry, Samahria & Raun!

”As the mother of an autistic 4 year-old boy, Joey, I was in awe when I discovered what love, perseverance, a non-judgmental attitude, energy, enthusiasm, and excitement can do for a child with Autism. After reading Mr. Kaufman's account of their journey with Raun, my husband and I embarked on our very own, home-based Son-Rise program. Joey's eye contact is up 100% and he speaks about 350 words, with meaning (no robotic responses!). Yes, he even says "please and thank you!!" Thank you, Barry and Samahria, for giving us hope and teaching us to truly accept Joey for who he is right now, not for what we want him to become later on. That will be his choice. THANK YOU! Maria Falkenberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.”

A reader, July 23, 1997

Foreword by Raun Kaufman