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The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers

November 14th – 18th, 2022 | 9am – 3pm EST (UTC-5)

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers Advanced Training
with LIVE Classes via Zoom

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers Advanced Training is part of The Son-Rise Program Sequence training model and completion of The Son-Rise Program Start-Up (or The Son-Rise Program Online) is required to register.

Congratulations if you have taken The Son-Rise Program Start-Up (or The Son-Rise Program Online) for your child! Ten thumbs up to you!!! Now that you have a concrete foundation from which to build, elevate your program to new heights with The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers Advanced Training (with live classes via zoom.) This 5 day live INTERACTIVE training is an absolute must for any parent or caregiver because we believe taking care of you… and you feeling at ease, inspired and energized, is essential for you to be able to there for your child. Whether you are actively using The Son-Rise Program with your child, have taken a break, or perhaps you have yet to start your program, this advanced training will give you the support, guidance and “real life” tools to help you feel stronger, more capable and confident. Make your program soar… right from the comfort of your own home.

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers will breathe life and rejuvenation into your program. Learn how to harness and utilize the incredible passion and drive (you already have deep inside) to inspire your child on the Autism Spectrum to reach an exciting new level of growth. We know how much you love your child, and how much you want to help your child, so you want your program to be firing on all four cylinders! Learn to be more creative, learn to design specific games just for your child, learn to utilize your child’s own motivation, and go from feeling stuck to always knowing what to do next. Throughout this course, you will be in the company of other like-minded parents who, just like you, are looking to accelerate their child’s development.

We’ll give you tools to maintain a laser-sharp focus, and the ability to tap in to an over-flowing abundance of creativity inside of you (that you will then teach to others who surround your child.) This will ensure that you become the most powerful, useful and fun, YES FUN advocate and teacher your child has. Make learning and growing both enjoyable and motivating for you, your current (or future) team, and most importantly, for your sweet child.


Program Features:

Join us (via ZOOM) for these special live interactive sessions, where our team of seasoned Senior Son-Rise Program Teachers will guide you through each specially designed class. Our team has received expert training from and worked alongside the Co-Founders and Co-Creators of the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program, Barry (“Bears”) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. Collectively, they have worked with thousands of children and families, spanning over the past three decades.


  • Accelerated fast-track program with live classes (via Zoom) that gives you months of information in 5 days.
  • Hone your creativity. Access and develop your own ability to be creative with your child and help your child to keep moving forward.
  • Utilize your child’s motivations (This is one of the most fundamental keys to helping your child help themselves.) Learn to recognize and utilize your child’s intrinsic interests and preferred activities as a resource to create and design important interactive games and learning experiences for them. Help them use their own passion to create exciting and bonding interactions with the people around them.
  • Setting Goals! Incorporate your child’s Social Developmental Goals into all activities, ensuring that challenging your child becomes part of the fun.
  • Flexibility. Facilitating your child’s growth requires the ability to become super flexible. Learn how to graciously navigate around the challenges you face in your day-to-day life with your child.
  • Team Training: Get the tools to really understand and get to the heart of why anyone working with your child is not responding to training, input and feedback. Learn how to spot and address the underlying issues that are getting in the way of your support team becoming more effective.
  • Unlock your OWN passion. Part of becoming the best ambassador of human interaction for your child (and your child’s team members), is maintaining a level of passion that inspires and ensures that your team is all rowing in the same direction with enthusiasm and purpose.
  • Guidance & inspiration from the source. Barry (“Bears”) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, Co-Founders of the Autism Treatment Center of America and The Son-Rise Program, teach throughout this course.


  • Re-ignite your conviction, comfort level and sense of optimism about where your child is today and where you want to help him/her to go.
  • Increase your understanding of The Son‑Rise Program guiding principles and techniques, with the help of other parents and care givers who will encourage you, brainstorm with you, and become your comrades throughout the course. Participants often become lifelong friends after going through this experience together.
  • Tap into your own Creativity Reservoir. Utilizing and deepening your own sense of creativity will keep you producing the most playful and inviting opportunities for your child to truly flourish and create an engaging connection and relationship with you and with others.
  • You want your child to become flexible and open to the changes and challenges that come up throughout their journey. We want to help you learn how to move easily and navigate your child’s ever-changing world, becoming a model of flexibility by flowing comfortably around obstacles will be one of your biggest assets, and an important part of your experience.

“The Son-Rise Program has helped me connect with my stepson in a way that I didn’t think was possible in only a few months time. Now, a year later, we are a family instead of me being an extra shadow in the room. By using The Son-Rise Program principles, he is growing and getting more and more social abilities every week. And by using The Son-Rise Program principles, I am myself growing towards being the best parent I can imagine for both my children.”

Suzanne L.P.
Singer Netherlands | Child’s Name: De | Age: 11 | Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

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After attending The Son-Rise Program Start-Up (or taking The Son-Rise Program Online,) parents report to us that their children make great changes. As this happens, new and different questions are going to come up for you. Participate in open-ended Question and Answer periods with our highly experienced Son-Rise Program teachers this week. Let us help you with concrete suggestions & techniques that apply to any situation you encounter. We will address all the ‘real life’ questions you have with your child and apply the best of what we know to support your program and help you achieve the greatest possible benefit for your child. With our collective experience of working with hundreds of thousands of children and families, there is simply NO question or situation that we cannot help you with.


Unite with other like-minded Moms, Dads and even some gracious volunteers and professionals that not only become your support network during the program, but will often choose to stay connected even after the program, to resource each other, as well as to be cheerleaders for each other. Connect with your group throughout the program as you participate in interactive activities, breakout rooms and brainstorming sessions together.

JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP COMMUNITY! Once you have registered for The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers, you will be invited to join The Son-Rise Program Advanced Facebook Group – to connect with other parents and professionals who have attended advanced trainings. Visit this private group often as there are times when our Senior Son-Rise Program Teachers drop in to answer your questions.

New Frontiers Topics Include:


We are going to help you create and maintain a level of commitment and excellence to your program with your child THAT IS UNSHAKEABLE! Whether you are just starting out, have lost your sense of direction, or perhaps your child has now grown and changed and you are not sure what the next step is in helping them, this program will give you the roadmap to get to where you want to go.


How? We are going teach you how to hone your ability to explain the concepts and techniques of The Son-Rise Program. Become an expert at understanding and addressing the issue that is underlying the lack of change and growth in your current support team for your child or perhaps your spouse/partner, or anyone who is currently (or in the future) helping your child. Read More

This will help you get in to the nitty gritty aspects of teaching others how to best interact with your child to support his/her comfort, safety, and ability to make connections for the most consistent & effective therapy.


A large part of helping your son or daughter continue to thrive is to inspire him or her to grow in fun and motivating ways. We will teach you how to be a “Motivation Detective”. Unearthing and using current and new motivations your child has will allow you to inspire your child to engage more fully in current activities and expand their areas of interest, and ultimately their areas of challenge.


Have you ever wondered how to help your child actually ENJOY learning and growing? YOU PUT THE GOAL IN THE GAME. We will show you how to create the most exciting, current, and useful games and activities for your child’s current goals. Learn how to incorporate your child’s Social Developmental Goals into all activities so you know exactly how and when to challenge your child… Read More

in a way that will be fun, and with which you can introduce and play with your child for days and months to come.

Get ongoing support with Son-Rise Program Private Consultation Services (Live via Zoom), attend another Advanced Son-Rise Program, and/or participate in our new Son-Rise Program E-Learning courses to help you further your home based Son-Rise Program success.

Get Started Today! It will only take a minute

Five Weekly Live Sessions (delivered via Zoom) with an additional group meetup session for 1 hour each week: November 14th – 18th, 2022
9am – 3pm EST (UTC-5) | Course Fee: $1,850.00 (Apply for Financial Aid and receive up to 500$ OFF!)

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration



NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration

Pre-Requisites for this course are:

  • You have completed one of the following: The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, The Son-Rise Program Online Course, or you have done Son-Rise Program Consultations.



NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration

Pre-Requisites for this course are:

  • You have completed one of the following: The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, The Son-Rise Program Online Course, or you have done Son-Rise Program Consultations.



NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration

Pre-Requisites for this course are:

  • Your child is 7 years or older.
  • Your child uses sentences, asks and answers questions and might even be able to have back and forth conversations with other people.
  • You have completed one of the following: The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, The Son-Rise Program Online Course, or you have done Son-Rise Program Consultations.


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration



NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course. Please note, this is a per-person registration

Please make sure you understand the following pre-requisites for this course before registering.

Pre-requisites for this course are:

  • Your child is currently using babbling sounds or unclear words, or
  • Your child has a vocabulary of less than 20 words and is not yet speaking in phrases.
  • You have completed one of the following: The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, The Son-Rise Program Online Course, or you have done Son-Rise Program Consultations.


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.
Please note, this is a per-person registration

Please make sure you understand the following pre-requisites for this course before registering.

Pre-requisites for this course are:

  • For parents or care-givers who have attended The Start-Up course or who have done The Son-Rise Program Online course.
  • For families who have already started running a Son-Rise Program for their children.


Amanda Louison

  • Director of Operations
  • Deputy CEO
  • Senior Son-Rise Program Advisor
  • Former Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator

Personal Statement

"I came to the Autism Treatment Center of America in October of 2008 where I took the position as the Intensive Coordinator. Before coming to the Autism Treatment Center of America, I worked with special children for 13 years, and upon my arrival fell in-love with the Son-Rise Program®. The modality of “Bonding through acceptance” opened my eyes to a world of love and acceptance for my own son, who has ADHD, and inspired me to want to live a happier, more loving life. I soon set the intention of doing the Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator Training so I could share my love with children on a much deeper level. I spent six months observing and learning the Son-Rise Program, and in April of 2009 was accepted into the Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator Training Program and in July of 2010, I became a Son-Rise Program® Child Facilitator staff member and cherished my time in the playroom as a facilitator.

I continued my training at The Autism Treatment Center of America to become a Senior Son-Rise Program® Advisor. My love of Son-Rise Program® inspired me to talk with parents who are just beginning their journey and who are continuing journey with their children using the Son-Rise Program® principals and techniques.

Through the years, I found myself wanting to help our staff grow and the organization flourish, so I have now moved into a managerial role while still working as a Senior Program Advisor. I am currently the Director of Operations and Deputy CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America and the Option Institute and look forward to working with our staff and with parents of children on the Autism Spectrum for many years to come."

Fun Facts:

Amanda has been married for 24 years and has two amazing children, a son age 22 and daughter who is 18. Some of her favorite hobbies are hiking, reading, finding tag sales, traveling and spending time with her family.

Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar


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