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    The Son-Rise Program® New Frontiers
    Advanced Training Course
    November 2, 9, 16, 30th & December 7th | Live Session Times 9am – 3pm EST (UTC-5)
    Nov 2 – Dec 12 all-day
    The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers: This advanced program is essential for any parent using the Son-Rise Program with their child. Get the support, guidance and “real life’ tools to make your program soar.

    You Will Learn to:

    • Know and see your child’s hidden motivations.
    • Inspire your child to engage more fully in current activities and expand their areas of interest.
    • Incorporate your child’s Social Developmental Goals into all activities.

    Program Features:

    Inspiration from the source:

    Bears and Samahria Kaufman teach throughout this program. They bring their 80+ years of combined experience with families to each and every encounter with our participants. They provide great caring and respect for each parent and child along with strong attitudinal guidance and concrete suggestions.

    Attitude Boost:

    Reignite (or grow stronger!) your comfort level and sense of optimism about where your child is today and where you want to help them to go.

    Ask Your Questions:

    Participate in multiple, open-ended Question and Answer periods with our highly experienced teachers – who will address your ‘real life’ questions.

    Help Others Help You:

    Learn specific tools to help those who engage with your child to implement and use the Son-Rise Program principles and techniques.
    Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph
    Toilet training without pressure
    December 1st & 3rd | Live Session Times 12pm – 2pm (UTC -5)
    Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day

    Two Live Sessions Plus…
    Demonstration videos, printable resources, and after-class activities throughout the course

    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.

    Whatever toilet troubles you are currently facing, let The Autism Treatment Center of America® help you remove the push, inspiring your child to actually enjoy using the toilet. No matter your child’s current age, or toileting history, we know how much it means to you to be able to witness those amazing toilet triumphs. So get ready to hop aboard the train to destination Toilet Triumph!

    In Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph, we will help you to:

    • Find out why  other toilet training protocols you have tried have fallen short with your child.
    • Gain Son-Rise Program  tools to make toileting fun and motivating for your child, and for you
    • Learn what’s preventing your child  from learning this skill in contrast to their Neuro-Typical siblings and peers, who mastered toilet training more easily.
    • Create a household culture of success around the toilet, one that the whole family will love
    • Join a community of other Son-Rise Program parents and care-givers who are in the exact same situation as you and your child.

    NOTE: You will also get informational handouts, activities, and demonstration videos in-between classes. Please, you will need to finish your forms before the class.
    Deactivate Defiance
    How to eliminate the most difficult battles with your child
    December 14th & 16th | Live Session Times 12pm – 2pm (UTC -5)
    Dec 14 – Dec 16 all-day

    Two Live Sessions Plus…
    Demonstration Videos and Printable resources throughout the course

    Does your child……

    • Resist? Rebel? Fight?
    • Have a hard time following directions and rules?
    • Seem to avoid tasks, such as cleaning up, and doing homework?
    • Act in a defiant way?

    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?

    What you’ll get from this course…

    • Find out the hidden causes of your child’s resistance.
    • Learn hands-on strategies that will inspire your child to become more open and more responsive to you.
    • Gain specific and concrete tools and techniques to use with your child.
    • Connect with other parents and care-givers who know what you are going through, and want to help their children too. During this course, they will be like friends and cheerleaders for you!
    • Participate in specific activities and gain access to useful worksheets designed to solidify your learnings.

    In two live sessions with our skilled teachers, you will learn The Son-Rise Program’s Deactivate Defiance tools, enabling you to meaningfully decrease and also potentially eliminate the control battles between you and your child. Imagine learning to deactivate the apparent resistance with smart strategies, clear conviction, peace in your heart and lots of love to express
    Tantrum Transformers
    Quickly Deescalate Your Child’s Tantrums, Hitting, and Intense Behavior
    January 11th, 13th, 18th & 20th, 2022 | Live Session Times 12pm – 2pm
    Jan 11 – Jan 20 all-day

    Four Live Sessions Plus…
    Many activities and demonstration videos throughout the course. This is over 10 hours of training, designed especially for YOU!

    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!

    In this 4-part E-learning Course, we will help you to:
    • Greet your child’s tantrums and most challenging behaviors with clarity and ease. (Our decades of experience have taught us that remaining comfortable and calm is the number one factor in turning tantrums around.)
    • Enable your child to move through their tantrums.
    • Inspire your child to be calm and gentle.
    • Customize your response to your child’s unique personality and situation.
    • Get answers to your “hardest” questions. (We are un-stump-able!)

    NOTE: You will also get informational handouts, activities, and demonstration videos in-between classes. Please, you will need to finish your forms before the class.
    The Son-Rise Program® Start-Up
    *This in-depth program will give you the tools to help you begin your
    Son-Rise Program journey with your child on the Autism Spectrum.

    Foundational Course
    January 24th – 28th | Live Session Times 9am – 3/5pm (UTC -5)
    Jan 24 – Jan 28 all-day ONLINE

    Foundational Course

    What distinguishes The Son-Rise Program Start-Up from other autism therapies is our guiding principles… to respect our children and with love and care, seek to understand their behaviors and why they do the things they do, to lovingly encourage their learning and growth in ways that they can digest, to be a source of safety and solid ground in whatever we do for our children. We will teach you everything you need to know and want to know to create the most caring and creative universe for your child to be embraced, nurtured, and encouraged to learn and grow. A special bonus is you will be in the company of other parents just like you who share similar situations and understand what you are going through. We will also help you to deal with the overwhelming family challenges and stresses that accompany having a child with Autism.

    Exciting, inspiring and diverse presentations by a group of seasoned and dedicated teachers will provide you with hands-on Autism strategies, expertise, motivation and knowledge honed through years of working with thousands and thousands of families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. At the end of this course, you will have the tools necessary to design and implement a home-based Autism program, as well as the skills and attitude to impact your child’s growth in all areas of learning, communication, development and skill acquisition.

    Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now
    Tools to Remove the Hidden Stresses in Your Child’s Life (and Yours!)
    February 1st & 3rd | Live Session Times 12pm- 2pm (UTC -5)
    Feb 1 – Feb 3 all-day

    Two Live Sessions Plus…
    Printable resources, hands on activities and an Instructional video lesson to support you in reducing your child’s anxiety throughout the course.

    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.

    In Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now, we will help you to:

    • Discover the antidote for your child’s anxiety that perhaps you have never entertained previously.
    • Understand, and remove the hidden stresses in your child’s life.
    • Look at your child’s anxiety from a new, empowering perspective.
    • Support your child with their anxiety in a loving and easy way.
    • Create an environment  that is soothing and calming for your child.
    • Connect with other parents and care-givers  who understand what you and your child are going through.

    The Son-Rise Program® Master Classes
    8-Part Weekly In-Depth Course – March 7, 14, 21, 28th, April 4, 11, 18 & 25th | Live Session Times 12pm – 3pm
    Mar 7 – Apr 25 all-day

    ~ Designed for our Son-Rise Program students who are ready to dive even deeper, go even further and LIVE EVEN BIGGER!!

    *Speak to your Program Advisor to see if you qualify

    The Son-Rise Program® Maximum Impact
    Advanced Training Course
    March 14th – 18th | Live Session Times 9am – 3pm EST (UTC-5)
    Mar 14 – Mar 18 all-day
    The Son-Rise Program Maximum Impact: This advanced program will enable you to continue to deepen your Son-Rise Program Training to further enhance your focus and effectiveness with your son, daughter or children you work with.

    You Will Learn to:

    • Be a clear, incisive and powerful team leader and team trainer.
    • Re-establish baselines for your child based on their current skill level and create a new direction for your child’s future achievement.
    • Keep your energy, excitement and enthusiasm at peak levels.
    • Take your ability to challenge your child to the next level.
    • Run effective and powerful group meetings
    • Stand strong in the face of adversity and maintain an unwavering commitment to your program

    Program Features:

    Inspiration from the source.

    Bears and Samahria Kaufman teach throughout this program. They bring their 80+ years of combined experience with families to each and every encounter with our participants. They provide great caring and respect for each parent and child along with strong attitudinal guidance and concrete suggestions.

    The Keys to Powerful Program Leadership.

    We give you the tools to become a powerful Force of Nature™ for your child. These tools include: strong clarity of purpose so your program remains on course; unwavering conviction to ensure that your motivation and confidence maintain peak effectiveness; and the most amazing ability to persist so that your child is given every opportunity to meet the goals you have created.

    Answers to Every Question.

    This week offers the most time for questions (and answers)! We apply the best of what we know to support your program and help you achieve the greatest possible benefit for your child.

    The Son Rise Program Online

    Comprehensive, Go-at-your-own-pace, Self-Directed Online Course Which walks you through how to create and implement The Son-Rise Program with your child right from home.


    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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