E-Learning Training Courses



Join us for The
Son‑Rise Program E‑Learning Training Courses LIVE via Zoom.

These subject specific training courses consist of dynamic, thoughtful, and interactive sessions with our highly experienced Son Rise Program Teachers, who over the years, have helped thousands of families globally. You will learn important tools in key challenge areas, using a user-friendly online learning platform that walks you through each module with printable resources and inspiring videos to solidify your understanding. Whether you’re a parent wanting to help your child in specific areas, or you have started your own Son-Rise Program, these E‑Learning Training Courses are a great way to keep gaining new strategies and skills.

The Son‑Rise Program Start-Up

The Son-Rise Program Maximum Impact

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers

The Super-Speech Starter

Tantrum Transformers

Toilet Trouble to
Toilet Triumph

Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now

Picky-Eater Solutions

Keys To Socialization

Deactivate Defiance

The Son‑Rise Program MASTER CLASS Series

*See below for dates and course fees

Please read below for more information on our new
Son‑Rise Program E-Learning Training Courses LIVE via Zoom
with our experienced senior teaching staff.

When you attend one of these courses, you will feel like you are actually in the room with everyone else.


Because you will be sincerely and deeply welcomed by our Senior Son‑Rise Program Teachers, and be abidingly respected, celebrated, meaningfully engaged and loved (yes, loved). You will come to treasure your own experience by developing an inner circle community and a deep connection with people you never met before (from many different countries) who are on a similar journey with their child or children on the Autism Spectrum. In our programs, you will never feel alone as you endeavor to help your special child.


Get ready to learn the most loving and respectful program you could have ever imagined to help your child on the Autism Spectrum.


Get ready to learn, change, and grow to be the biggest, strongest version of yourself… so you can be the BEST parent and teacher (ON THIS PLANET) for your amazing child.


Get ready to learn new skills and acquire new and highly effective tools to take your child to new levels, no matter what the challenge (speech, socialization, behavioral challenges, flexibility and more).


When you attend one of our Son‑Rise Program E‑Learning Training Courses, will you not only learn things you truly haven’t heard yet (that you can put to immediate use)… but you will learn it in a dynamic, playful, and exciting community atmosphere with caring, non-judgmental Son‑Rise Program Teachers who don’t talk at you but rather engage the entire group in an interactive, back-and-forth learning process. You will be directly challenged in an inspiring, supportive way; you will be able to ask questions; and you will get to hear from and connect with your classmates, who will encourage you through the course.

~Son-Rise Program® Start-Up Participants

You will be helped from every possible vantage point, with:

  • Our signature Son‑Rise Program interactive live classes via Zoom.
  • An easy-to-use, educational, and interactive learning platform.
  • At-home activities (both solo and with a buddy) that drive home what you’re learning.
  • Opportunities to put things into practice.
  • The ability to ask questions and get solid, personalized answers.
  • Beautifully-rendered, memory-friendly handouts with key concepts and tools.
  • Ongoing input from our teachers outside of class through our social media platforms, online resources and private consultations.
You will finish these courses with new, usable knowledge & skills you didn’t have before, a changed outlook, a clearer head, and a level of motivation that will surprise you.

Over the course of the past 40 years of working with thousands of children and families, we have used this experience to pinpoint key areas of concerns you may have regarding your beautiful child or beautiful children. Each course consists of a number of dynamic, thoughtful, and interactive sessions with our Son‑Rise Program Teachers (from 2 sessions to 5 sessions, depending on the topic,) along with a user-friendly online learning platform that walks you through each module with printable resources and inspiring videos to solidify your learnings.

If you are looking for something that is highly effective, yet at the same time, extraordinarily loving and respectful of you and your child on the Autism Spectrum, then register for one of our interactive e-learning courses.

E-Learning Training Courses

The Son-Rise Program Start‑Up

Introductory Core Training

July 18th – 22nd, 2022
Live Session Times: 9am – 3/5pm EST (UTC‑5)

Get the initial training you need to start your own home based autism treatment program through our Son-Rise Program Start-Up LIVE via Zoom.

Participate in carefully crafted interactive learning experiences designed to give you the understanding to implement The Son‑Rise Program tools & techniques with your child from the comfort of your own home.

The Son-Rise Program Maximum Impact

Advanced Training

October 24th – 28th
Live Session Times: 9am – 3pm EST (UTC‑5)

Hone your skills with knowledge & mastery, rejuvenate your attitude with excitement, and infuse your program with unstoppable motivation. This course will enable you to continue teaching and training your child at an optimum level and provides more detailed solutions & inspiration to take your work with your child to new heights.

Completion of The Son-Rise Program Start-Up (or The Son-Rise Program Online) is required to register.

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers

Advanced Training

November 14th – 18th, 2022
Live Session Times: 9am – 3/5pm EST (UTC‑5)

New Frontiers will enable you to use The Son-Rise Program Developmental Model to clearly assess your child’s social development. The course will teach you to create clear goals and then demonstrate techniques on how to keep your child moving forward. This advanced training program focuses on curriculum development & social education.

Completion of The Son-Rise Program Start-Up (or The Son-Rise Program Online) is required to register.

The Super-Speech Starter Refresher Course

Help Your Child Go From Sounds to Clear Words

October 18th & 20th, 2022
Live Session Times: 12pm – 3pm EST(UTC-5)

Do you yearn for your child to use meaningful verbal communication? Don’t you wish there was a way to help your child speak, without the push?

If you want to jump-start your child’s speech development, The Super-Speech Starter will give you the keys to unlock their speaking potential, no matter their age, diagnosis, or history.

Tantrum Transformers

Quickly De‑escalate Your Child’s Tantrums, Hitting, and Intense Behavior

July 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th, 2022
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2pm EST(UTC-5)

Does your child or adult have big tantrums – which can include hitting and intense behaviors? Do you feel at a loss as to how to handle these situations?

Would it come as a relief to you to learn that we have helped thousands of families and educators to drastically reduce and/or eliminate these types of behaviors and situations? Well then, prepare to be relieved…and empowered with the tools and techniques to turn this ship around!

Toilet Trouble To Toilet Triumph

Toilet Training Without Pressure

December 6th & 8th, 2022
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2pm EST (UTC‑5)

Are you ready to toilet train your child…..but feel unclear or confused about how to achieve this important milestone successfully?

Or perhaps your child had begun using the toilet, and now appears to be either resistant or avoiding your attempts to help them use the toilet more consistently and successfully.

Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now

Tools to Remove the Hidden Stresses in Your Child’s Life (and Yours!)

August 15th & 17th, 2022
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2pm EST (UTC‑5)

Are you struggling with your child’s anxiety? Would you like to find solutions to support your child in becoming more relaxed and open?

This course will teach you what’s really going on for your child, and give you concrete Son-Rise Program tools to help you reduce your child’s anxiety.

Picky-Eater Solutions

How to Inspire Adventurous Eating

August 9th & 11th, 2022
Live Session Times: 12 – 2pm EST (UTC‑5)

Would you love to see your child on the Autism Spectrum enjoying a wide range of nutritious, delicious foods? We would love that too… HELP IS ON THE WAY!

Join us for this special journey from the challenges and limitations of picky-eating to the fun and freedom of adventurous eating!

Keys To Socialization

It Takes More than Speech to be Social

Registration Dates Coming Soon!
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2:00pm EST (UTC‑5)

Do you want to help your highly-verbal child or adult learn more social skills, but you’re not sure where to begin? Or do you long for your child to experience rich, meaningful interactions with other people?

In this Son-Rise Program Game Clinic, we will teach you how to implement specific, fun, social goals that will give your child the keys to successful socialization with other people.

Deactivate Defiance

How to Eliminate the Most Difficult Battles with Your Child

November 29th & December 1st, 2022
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2pm EST (UTC‑5)

If you are at a loss as to what to do with your child’s resistance and feel like your attempts to address these kinds of situations frequently perpetuate or escalate “battles” with your child, then this course is perfect for you! 

The Autism treatment Center of America® will give you a new way to understand your child, and turn the Resistance into a Bonding Experience between you and your child. Wouldn’t that be a slice of heaven?

The Son-Rise Program®


March 7, 14, 21, 28th, April 4, 11, 18th & 25th | Live Session Times: 12pm – 3pm

This series of eight special live weekly classes will help you reach deep inside yourself to unearth and understand the root of any blockages or hurdles that are preventing you from being the most present, the most loving and the most powerful version of yourself you can be for your child with Autism.

Our teachers will use interactive group dynamics to help you explore challenges inside of yourself and assist you in making lasting changes that will pave a smoother road ahead, for you, and for your Son-Rise Program experience. Designed for those who have completed The Son-Rise Program Start-Up plus at least one Son‑Rise Program Advanced Training or have completed The Son‑Rise Program Online.

If you haven’t already, we STRONGLY encourage you to learn the fundamentals of The Son‑Rise Program by attending the 3 core programs in The Son-Rise Program sequence.


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

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.


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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