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The Son-Rise Program Voted “Best Autism Therapy”

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - The Son-Rise Program of the Autism Treatment Center of America ( was recognized with multiple nominations and wins from the Autism community last Saturday evening at the Autism One/Generation Rescue National Conference whose 2011 program featured a joint keynote address by Jenny McCarthy and Byron Katie. The voting included input from over 4,000 Autism professionals and parents from the USA and abroad.

The Son-Rise Program took the top honor in the BEST THERAPY category that included other treatment programs such as ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) and RDI (Relationship Development Intervention).

Raun K. Kaufman, Director of Global Education and Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher and Trainer, was voted BEST PRESENTER by his peers from the Autism community. As a child, Mr. Kaufman was himself diagnosed with irreversible Autism with an I.Q. of less than 30. His parents' loving determination to help their son and refusal to accept professionals' prognoses, led to their son's full recovery and creation of The Son-Rise Program. Mr. Kaufman went on to graduate with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from the Ivy League's Brown University. The Son-Rise Program and professional staff were also nominated in three additional categories including: Most Community Focused Non-Profit, Most Influential Teacher, and Best Therapist.

Barry Neil Kaufman, Co-Founder of The Son-Rise Program, is grateful for these awards and this recognition from the Autism community. "Now more Moms and Dads will hear about The Son-Rise Program as a highly powerful and effective method to reach and help their children with Autism. The recognition of the importance of The Son-Rise Program's unique focus on joining children in their world and bonding through parental love is not only profoundly meaningful but creates the possibility for helping our children create nurturing relationships and build wonderful lives. We not only bring hope and optimism to the families we teach, we give them the method and the tools to transform their children's lives."

The Autism Treatment Center of America was established in 1983 by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman who, with their dedicated staff, have provided help and innovative training programs for over 25,000 parents and professionals, from over 80 countries, caring for children of all ages challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and other developmental difficulties.

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