Will The Son-Rise Program work for me? I am a single parent (or a working family, have more than one child, etc.)?
Due to the nature of our program, any amount of time you can devote to your child’s development and education will have an impact. Obviously, the more time you can spend implementing the techniques and principles, the greater opportunity you will be offering your child to grow. Consistency is key. Many families have started by planning to do 10 hours per week of focused 1:1 Son-Rise Program Playroom/Focus Room time with their child and then have built slowly from there. The idea is to take some action. Even if you have a goal towards implementing the program 20 hours per week (which we recommend as an important initial goal), you can begin with 5 hours per week and work your way towards your goal. We have found that the more hours of this intensive 1:1 intervention that a child can experience, the greater benefit to the child and the family. The key being, begin something now.
Will I learn more through The Son-Rise Program Online than I am learning by reading Raun K Kaufman’s book, Autism Breakthrough?
Autism Breakthrough by Raun K Kaufman is a detailed guide to The Son-Rise Program, and many parents have successfully used this to begin using the techniques and strategies. The Son-Rise Program Online is a very different experience. This program will walk with you, day by day, through the materials. You will receive direct video presentations from our experienced and highly trained staff, you will have interactive step by step instruction, day-to-day, week-to-week, to be completed within 9 months) You will see videos of our staff demonstrating techniques with children, specific activities, “Make It Happen” Guides and more. This will include 2 Eight week After Courses which give you, each day, specific actions you can take to help your child that day. You will also have access to an ever increasing Library of blogs, videos, and articles written by our staff on a multitude of subjects and other materials to enhance your experience with the program. We highly recommend that after you read the book, you register for the course and continue to move forward in this way to help your child.
We have seen such amazing responses to the program by children and adults who are diagnosed with either High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome! The Son-Rise Program attitudinal foundation is based upon truly accepting a child/adult where they are, and offering them loving guidance and encouragement. Those with this diagnosis can have the ability to communicate in a way that allows for greater understanding and growth, especially in the area of social interaction and learning to connect in a meaningful way with others. If you have a child/or work with an individual with this diagnosis, use the links below which explain the two different ways you can learn the program. Both of which have specific ‘breakout’ materials/sessions designed to specifically address the unique questions and concerns many parents have when trying to help their child with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome.
(*Note: The first 3 modules were designed specifically to offer opportunities to choose “Highly Verbal” in order to get the specific information that may apply to your child. In addition, both 8-week After Courses include optional activities for highly verbal children and adults)
Absolutely. We have used the program, and supported parents using this program, for over 35+ years with ‘children’ that are aged 18, 27, 35 and beyond. Certainly the attitudinal principles of love, respect, and enthusiasm can be applied at any age and the educational techniques that you will learn are based much more on addressing a child or person where they are, their current skills and abilities, than their chronological age. Unlike most other programs and professional guidance, we do not believe that there is any age at which a human being is no longer able to grow and learn and change. We have witnessed this again and again as parents continue to dream for their adult children and are so excited to see the benefits of this program at any age.
I know that your program has been very effective in increasing social interaction, but can it also improve academic and daily living skills?
The same principles that have allowed us to achieve such measurable gains in social interaction are also applied effectively in teaching academics and daily living skills. The Son-Rise Program is based on creating a respectful, trusting and interactive bond with the child. We then use that relationship as a foundation for education, learning, and language development. We have found that children who are more engaged in an activity, learn more rapidly and interact and communicate more frequently. For many of our children, the roadblock to learning is not a matter of intellect or capacity, but rather a lack of motivation, interest, and ability to stay attentive long enough to learn certain things. We have seen over and over again that when a child can increase his capacity to stay connected with another person, then they can demonstrate great abilities to learn and retain what they learn. We have seen this affect all areas of a child’s life such as: academics, daily living skills, reading, using speech to communicate, following instructions, using the toilet consistently, brushing teeth, and playing games by the rules, to name a few. Many children have “graduated” from their Son-Rise Programs to attend typical or mainstream schools where they demonstrated age-level or above academic skills.
I am intrigued by your approach of “joining” my child’s repetitious behaviors (“isms”), but I’ve been told this will just make him do it more. Is this true?
The common misconception of this technique is that by “joining” in repetitious and ritualistic behaviors the child will be encouraged to “ism” even more. Since 1984, we have been implementing this technique, a cornerstone strategy of The Son-Rise Program and our experience and results prove just the opposite. We have found that when children are “joined” in their repetitious behaviors, they actually become more engaged, more socially available, and more motivated to be with others. Rather than increasing their self-stimulating behaviors and rituals, they reach out more and connect more fully to the world around them. Although the “joining” aspect of our program has been the subject of much speculation and misconception, and has received criticism over the years, recent studies are now supporting the perspective and techniques that we have been applying for over 3 decades. Click below to see the 2 peer reviewed studies on the Son-Rise Program and additional supportive research:
The techniques and strategies that we teach in relation to these types of behaviors are very effective. You can learn more about this specifically in Raun K. Kaufman’s book Autism Breakthrough, which has an entire chapter entitled, “Tantrums and Other Challenging Behaviors.”
If this is a daily and meaningful challenge, we would strongly recommend that you plan to attend our Son-Rise Program® In-Person Start-Up, so that you can interact with our teachers specifically and receive guidance directly related to this. (Only those who attend our in-person programs can schedule individual Consultations with our teachers, which many have found life-changing regarding issues of tantrums and aggressive behaviors).
Everything I have read states that my child has a permanent, lifelong disability with minimal hope for substantial progress, is this true?
You are talking about the prognosis which tends to be given when a child is diagnosed with Autism or other diagnosis. We believe that no one can say what your child can never do, or will never do. We believe that every child and individual is capable of growth, change and transformation. We know parents are given little guidance regarding what treatment to pursue, where to turn for support, and few ways to help their child significantly develop and grow. We have witnessed (and can certainly understand) the despair that results from this experience. That’s why we offer a different perspective. We do not put limits on the possibilities for your child. We inspire parents to hope for their children, to dream for their children, and to take meaningful action to help their children. Then, we offer the specific tools, techniques and methods that help your children learn, connect with people, and blossom. This means that parents have the opportunity not only to hope, but to make a substantial difference in the lives of their children.
At this time, we are not able to accept third party insurance, although we hope in the future, this will change. As a not for profit, charitable organization, we fundraise yearly in order to provide scholarships to those in financial need.Click the link below to learn more about applying for financial aid for our in-person programs.
Here is a link you can use to apply for financial aid for The Son-Rise Program Online: The Son-Rise Program® Special Assistance Form. Please contact us directly at: 413-229-2100 to speak with a Program Advisor about Financial Aid for our Son-Rise Program® In-Person.
It is not necessary to have a specific diagnosis prior to using the program. If you, as a parent, believe that your child has developmental, social, physical or other issues that are of concern, we trust your assessment. We truly believe that a parent is their child’s best resource, and it is very common for parents to ‘know’ there is something different about their child long before any professional or any testing suggests this. We would recommend that you trust your instincts and get support and help as soon as you have a concern.
Certainly! A number of interventions have been used successfully in conjunction with The Son-Rise Program, including dietary changes, biomedical interventions, physical therapy, etc. At the same time, other approaches have been found to undermine The Son-Rise Program’s effectiveness and often impede a child’s growth because of the contradictory or conflicting approaches. It is very important to research any other therapy being considered to determine if it will be complementary or potentially unsupportive. Click below for our current list of complimentary therapies and services –