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Son-Rise Program Teachers Give Families Insight for helping their Children with Autism

View helpful video webcasts put on by our experienced teachers and founders of The Son-Rise Program. Whether you are looking for autism treatment for your child or already running a Son-Rise Program, our teachers can answer your questions. Watch Introductions to The Son-Rise Program or videos on how to introduce new games with your child. A Son-Rise Program Mom and a Son-Rise Program Dad give testimonials on what they did to help recover their children. We have posted some Autism Treatment Webcasts with Son-Rise Program teachers on our website that are free and available to view by all.

#1) Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders by Raun K. Kaufman, First Son-Rise Program Child

Raun K. Kaufman, himself fully recovered from Autism, is the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America. Raun discusses three innovative, outside-the-box techniques of The Son-Rise Program that you can use today to help your child. A great introduction to The Son-Rise Program, these initial strategies will enable you to help your child move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others. 1 hour 28 mins

#2) An Introduction to The Son-Rise Program by Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, Co-Originators of The Son-Rise Program

In this video segment, you will see an introduction to the new video, Autism Solution: Getting Started with The Son-Rise Program. You’ll meet Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, the originators of The Son-Rise Program. You’ll also meet Raun K. Kaufman, the original Son-Rise Program child, now fully recovered from Autism and is the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America. 12 mins 45 secs

#3) Contrasting and Comparing The Son-Rise Program with ABA by Raun K. Kaufman

As a parent or professional, have you ever wondered what separates The Son-Rise Program from Applied Behavioral Analysis and similar interventions? Or, are you already implementing a Son-Rise Program but sometimes struggle when explaining the differences to others? In this webcast Raun delivers a fun, feisty and informative breakdown of the factors that distinguish these treatments. 1 hour 30 mins

#4) Principles of The Son-Rise Program with Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman, Co-Originator of The Son-Rise Program

Barry Neil Kaufman, co-founder of the Autism Treatment Center of America, describes the philosophical principles upon which The Son-Rise Program method of autism treatment is based. Among other things, he explains the philosophy behind not placing limitations on a child’s potential, the value of seeing a child with autism as a blessing, the power of joining a child in his or her behavior, and the importance of attitude in helping children with Autism. 10 mins 17 secs

#5) Creating Games for Your Son-Rise Program – Inspire your child with new activities for the playroom! with Kate Wilde, Director of The Son-Rise Program

The Autism Treatment Center of America™ has produced Creating Games for Your Son-Rise Program® to help you understand how to create specific, fun, easy to develop games for your child on the autism spectrum. Kate Wilde, Director of The Son-Rise Program, gives a delightful explanation of how to recognize and use your child’s unique motivations to create simple, fun games built around your specific social goals for your child based on The Son-Rise Program’s Developmental Model. Kate gives examples of games and recipes for how to create many games to develop social skills, eye contact, flexibility, and more, for all children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. 19:17 mins

#6) High-functioning/Aspergers by William Hogan, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

William Hogan, presents practical strategies to help our higher functioning and Aspergers children develop stronger social skills. Your child’s continual discussions of weather patterns or train schedules, or their focus on one activity may have lead to frustration or challenges in the past. In this ninety minute webcast William will show you specific techniques that will enable you to actually use that same “focus” to become closer and more engaged with your child. You will learn how to turn these once socially exclusive behaviors into interactive experiences which will help your child be more flexible and engaged. This webcast will show you how to motivate your child to become involved in new games, conversations and activities with others. 90 mins

#7) Get Your Child Talking Powerful and highly effective tools to encourage your child to start talking with Kate Wilde, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

Are you looking for ways to inspire your child who has limited speech or perhaps hasn’t spoken their first word yet? We invite you to watch a very special webcast designed for parents whose children are nonverbal, only speak up to ten words, or who only have speech-like sounds. We understand how important it is for you to help your child learn to communicate, to express their needs and build strong relational connections. Learn effective, easy techniques to help your child embrace the power of verbal communication. When applying The Son-Rise Program principles of quick response, words spoken result in action, and celebration, we have witnessed the miracle of hundreds of children speak for the very first time, or increase their vocabularies exponentially. These principles can be applied immediately to begin making a difference in the life of your special child. 60 mins

#8) A Son-Rise Mom Answers Your Questions

Join us for an idea packed interview with a Son-Rise Program Mom. Kristin Selby Gonzalez has been doing a Son-Rise Program with her son Jaxson for over two years. Raun K. Kaufman invites Kristin to share with all of you some outside-the-box ideas from her own experience that have made her Son-Rise Program successful. Kristin will talk strategies she has used for group meetings, getting volunteers, putting together the playroom, and overcoming challenges. Kristin, a former Teacher, is also a certified Body Ecologist, Certified Listening Program Provider, Educator for Enzymedica (enzyme manufacturer), has received extensive training in sensory integration including the Wilbarger Protocol, the Alerts Program, and has implemented multiple dietary and biomedical interventions (including chelation, anti-fungal treatment, enzyme therapy, probiotic therapy, and supplementation). 60 mins

#9) Decision Making in the Playroom by Raun K. Kaufman

Whether you are new to The Son-Rise Program or you have recently begun your program, it is invaluable to have a way to decide what direction to take from moment to moment, as you work with your child. One of the many unique characteristics of The Son-Rise Program is its truly child-centered approach. To reach our children in a meaningful way (rather than simply training them to perform behaviors), we must follow our child’s lead and allow them to show us when to join them in their world and when to challenge them to join us in ours. Instead of enforcing some artificially predetermined schedule, we can use our child’s specific signals to guide us. This can be relatively simple if we have a roadmap – and that’s what this webcast is designed to provide for you. Learn the basics of The Son-Rise Program ABCs: the Assess → Bond → Challenge roadmap (complete with red lights and green lights)!. Find out the questions (in essence, micro-assessments) that are crucial to be asking throughout your sessions so that you can make clear decisions about what to do. You bring your love, caring, and enthusiasm, and we’ll show you how to translate that into tangible action to enable your child to bond with you and grow in new directions. 1 hour 30 mins

#10) Aggressive Behaviors by William Hogan, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

In this webcast William Hogan introduces you to solutions for the behaviors that you may be finding most challenging in your child – hitting, spitting, pinching, scratching, hair pulling and so on. He offers a totally new perspective on these behaviors along with very specific ways to take care of them. The Son-Rise Program viewpoint enables you to understand why your child displays these behaviors and, therefore, makes them so much easier to address. In our work with these magical, special children and their families over the last twenty-five years we have assisted many, many parents through these behaviors – not only helping to remove them altogether, but also teaching their children ways to interact that are warm, loving and highly interactive. 60 mins

#11) Son-Rise Family Journeys

Parents in the UK describe the personal experience of hope and recovery for their autistic children with The Son-Rise Program. They describe their journeys from withdrawal and isolation in their children, to joining and communication far beyond what they had been advised would be possible for their child. In this intimate look into 4 families’ lives after applying the tools they learned in The Son-Rise Program courses, they describe the incredible transformation of their children and families. 15:28 mins

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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