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The Son-Rise Program Reviews

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our participants say:

The Son-Rise Program has been one of the most life changing experiences I have had. I came here with little expectation, only an open mind. Son-Rise helped me to see myself different and see my child differently. Not only did I learn how to reach, love and teach my boys, but I am leaving here a completely new and better person. Joseph K. Software Engineer, USA
Children’s Names: Terrence & Tyrell | Ages: 4 | Diagnosis: Autism

The Son-Rise Program was a life-altering experience in that it helped me change my attitude toward my son and my experience with my son. I can now like him for who he is in this moment. In addition I have so many tools and skills to use with him in our Son-Rise program at home. I believe in him. I love him and I want to be with him.             Jackie C.P. Mom, USA
Child’s Name: Drew | Age: 4 | Diagnosis: PDD & NOS

I’ve had a great week! The Son-Rise Start-Up Program provides a great “attitude adjustment” for everyone. If you’re emotionally or mentally struggling with your special needs child, the program will help you. If you have a positive attitude, the program will broaden your horizons and beliefs in your child like never before. I’m pleased to recommend this course to you. Ananta H. VP of Sales, USA
Child’s Name: Samuel | Age: 9 | Diagnosis: PDD

The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is an amazing program that I would recommend to anyone who is a parent of a special child. This program has changed my life and has given me the tools to be able to go home and change my children’s lives.                 Kary K. Homemaker, USA
Children’s Names: Tyrell & Terrence | Ages: 4 | Diagnosis: ASD

I loved to be here. I am a professional. It got me inspirited. After working for several years in home based program, I learned a lot in really believing in the child. Not thinking of a maybe, really belief, so thanks for that.             Anne S. Therapist, Netherlands

I came here with hope; I leave here with limitless confidence in myself, my child and this program. Thank you Son-Rise! I was able to realize my own limitations were putting limits on my son. I now believe I have no limits in myself or him! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.                 Karen S. Insurance Agent & Mom, Canada
Child’s Name: Beckham | Age: 2 | Diagnosis: Aspergers & Autism

The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is the most incredible experience of my life, short of the birth of my children and I can’t recommend it highly enough for any parent. The love and honor that pervades every aspect of this program is truly inspiring. The teachers are amazing and you feel like they would love nothing more in life than to meet and help your special child. My thanks to all of them.                     Wade B. Directional Driller, USA
Child’s Name: Cole | Age: 5 | Diagnosis: Autism

The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is unlike any program I have come in contact with. It gave me hope, a sense of comfort and a good reason to look into the future. Going through the program changed me and I know this is an example of the change I am going to see in my children. I came in with a sense of hopelessness; I am going home very hopeful and knowing that I can change my children’s lives for the better. Justina A. Registered Nurse, USA
Children’s Names: Samuel, Steven & Joshua | Ages: 15, 15 & 6 | Diagnosis: Autism & PDD

The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is the most wonderful experience I have ever had in my life. Directly, it showed me the most natural, practical way of dealing with Autism and helping autistic children. Indirectly, it changed me from a pessimist to an optimist, from expecting to appreciating, from judgmental to nonjudgmental, from angry to loving, from sad to happy. This is the greatest spiritual experience I have ever had.                         Prasad Y. Software Developer, USA
Child’s Name: Charitha | Diagnosis: Autism

Advanced Program Reviews

Maximum Impact

Maximum Impact allowed me to examine who I am and my perception of the world around me. Contrary to what I thought, The Son-Rise Program and Maximum Impact are not in contradiction to my views as a physician, but rather it is the missing tool, the missing jigsaw puzzle that will make my knowledge more meaningful for my son and everyone else in my life.            Jude V. Physician, USA Child’s Name: Zachary | Age: 6 | Diagnosis: Autism

Maximum Impact filled me with “turbo fuel” to go home and be a true Force of Nature!! I had the most amazing revelations about myself – which will in turn help my son. I’ve been running my program for over 3 years, it’s such a “piece of the puzzle” I’ve been missing…so important, so different than Start-Up for sure, surprisingly even the intensive I went to 11 months ago!! I see now why there are different programs for different purposes, even if the destination is the same!!                 Denise S. Nurse & Lactation Consultant, USA
Child’s Name: Nathan | Age: 8 | Diagnosis: Autism

You think that it is all about your child and what you can do to change and to help them. Take Maximum Impact and you will find that it is really about changing yourself. Like I was told once, put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then on your kids. Give Maximum Impact and the Option Process an opportunity to breath new life into you and your program and ultimately your child. Renee E. Mom, USA
Children’s Names: Corinne & Carson (twins) | Ages: 6 | Diagnosis: Autism, PDD & ASD

I would recommend Maximum Impact for parents whose batteries need to be recharged. You leave reenergized and have the tools with your attitude that will allow you to reach for the stars with your special child.                           Irini K. Homemaker & Nurturer, Australia
Child’s Name: Evan | Age: 5 | Diagnosis: Autism & ASD

The Maximum Impact program was an out of this world experience for me! Being a person who embraces change, this is the next step on my ladder of who I want to be.                     Beverly Z. Homemaker, USA
Child’s Name: Zachary | Age: 8 | Diagnosis: Autism

First, I love The Son-Rise Program and all the hope it has given to our family. Because of The Son-Rise Program, for the first time we are not alone. We have a loving and understanding community of moms, dads, children, teachers, child facilitators coming home with us (in spirit) back to the playroom. Specifically, Maximum Impact has given me the skills to run our Son-Rise Program as a force of nature-with purpose, conviction, and passion to run group meetings. I am now able to give feedback with love, and to be accepting and totally present. I’m going home to have the best Son-Rise Program because I can and because I choose to!                         JoAnn E. Mom, USA
Child’s Name: Jacob | Age: 9 | Diagnosis: Autism

New Frontiers

Through The New Frontiers Program, I learned and realized that it’s OK if she doesn’t want to play with me right when I try to join her…TRY AGAIN… PERSISTENCE! Autism is not a curse; it’s an opportunity to grow with your child! I believe The Son-Rise Program is a beautiful, wonderful, exciting program. The Son-Rise Program is an opportunity of a lifetime, not only for the child, but yourself as well. Thank you Son-Rise Program!                     Sarah H. Registered Nurse, USA
Child’s Name: Elise | Age: 3 | Diagnosis: Autism

The New Frontiers Program has “breathed” life back into my daughter’s Son-Rise program. I have no doubt that with the changes I have made in myself and my beliefs through participating in New Frontiers, it will take my child further than I ever imagined possible. Erin E. Stay At Home Mom, USA
Child’s Name: Elise | Age: 3 | Diagnosis: Autism

New Frontiers gave me the tools to take my son’s program to a new level, to reach for greatness. To reconnect with the other families and volunteers was a balm to my soul and gave me the gift of renewed energy for my program. Michelle B. Anat B. Method Practitioner, USA
Child’s Name: Isaac | Age: 11 | Diagnosis: Aspergers

The Son-Rise Program New Frontiers has changed my life. It has changed my opinion (in regard to autism) from anger and frustration to openness and opportunity. This program has helped me build a bridge with my son and closed the gap between my wife and I. David B. Sales Manager, USA
Child’s Name: David | Age: 4 | Diagnosis: Moderately-Severe Autism

New Frontiers Program was such a good addition to my Son-Rise program®. It was useful in recharging my internal battery, plus it helped give me new creative ideas to expand my programs as my children learn and grow.                     Tara V. Mom & Entrepreneur, USA
Children’s Names: Giavanna & Frank | Ages: 4 | Diagnosis: PDD

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 principles, he is growing and getting more and more social abilities every week. And by using The Son-Rise 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

The Son-Rise Program Teacher Reviews

Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman

Co-Founder/Co-Originator Senior Teacher/Trainer

Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Co-Founder/Co-Originator Senior Teacher/Trainer

Raun Kaufman

Senior Staff Son-Rise Program Teacher &
Group Facilitator

Kate Wilde

Senior Staff Son-Rise Program Teacher &
Group Facilitator

Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman

Bears is one of the finest teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing time with. His energy, enthusiasm and complete knowledge of the subject material presented are beyond compare. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and take away a treasure chest of unique insights and knowledge. Pat D. Computer Consultant, USA
Child’s Age: 4 years old | Diagnosis: PDD / Language Delay

Fabulous! Bears emanates such a warmth and soothing! I learned so much about myself and the child I work with, and reached a place I never knew existed. A place of absolute acceptance. Jennifer K. Program Facilitator, USA
Child’s Age: 6 years old | Diagnosis: Rare Y-Y Chromosome Makeup

The ‘oneness’ between Bears’ beliefs and his teaching is incredible. Initially, I was looking for holes but was stopped dead by the fact that there weren’t any and then I had no choice but to marvel at the gems.                               Brad B. Treatment Specialist, USA

Excellent. Bears opened emotions for me I never knew I had. I’ve been an extremely angry person for the last year but he opened a new door for me and my son and I no longer feel anger. This man did things for me that no one ever did before. I will always be grateful. Raymond R. Registered Nurse, USA
Child’s Age: 2 years old | Diagnosis: Autism

Bears is inspiring beyond words. His facilitation was unforgettable. His gift of making the participants comfortable enough to express their most private and deep emotions is something quite magical. I would love to have interacted more with him.                                           Jean P. Homemaker, USA
Child: Cara | Age: 2 | Diagnosis: Down’s Syndrome

What a dear, sweet man. I loved how much of himself Bears shared—bits of pieces of his past, how much he’s changed—which made him very real and accessible. I loved his silliness, physical contact and affection. Many leaders and men are not present, open or inviting — GO BEARS.                       Andrew S. Instructor, USA
Child’s Age: 8 years old | Diagnosis: Autism

Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Meeting Samahria and spending time with her was such a profound experience! She was able to give us practical hints and insights into our children that I have never been able to get from anyone else with such a mutual sense of empathy and understanding. Carol D. Mother, USA
Child’s Name: Danny | Age: 4½ | Diagnosis: PDD/Speech Delay

Samahria was fabulous! She answered all of the questions with direct, tangible answers. She is believable because she did it day to day, minute by minute. Her laugh is infectious—you can not help but be happy.                         Jennifer H. Business Owner, USA
Child’s Age: 5 years old | Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy/ Mental Retardation

Samahria is such a genuinely warm and caring human being that I was able to easily connect with her. I consider it an honor and privilege to have had the unique opportunity to spend time with the person who is the essence of The Son-Rise Program.                                     Pat D. Computer Consultant, USA
Child’s Age: 4 years old | Diagnosis: PDD/Language Delay

Samahria showed me that I must be loving and nonjudgmental so that my child will seek me out. From her first hug, Samahria showed me how wonderful I can make my son feel. I didn’t want to leave our consultation. I realized Samahria’s way is the way I can be for my children. Thank you.           Bev P. Homemaker, USA
Child’s Age: 5 years old | Diagnosis: Developmentally Delayed/Autistic Tendencies

Samahria is my hero. It was a joy just meeting her and experiencing her wonderful down-to-earth acceptance. I so respect her, not because she helped her child as we all do, but for the courage and persistence to try a new way! Linda B. Nurse Practitioner, USA
Child’s Age: 9 years old | Diagnosis: Autism

Samahria is very alive, sweet and genuine, not ‘professional’ and ‘polished.’ I loved her deeply. She took in questions and really wrapped her brain and heart around them, taking lots of time to respond.           Andrew S. Instructor, USA
Child’s Age: 8 years old | Diagnosis: Autism

Raun K. Kaufman

Wow! Meeting Raun was such an unexpected bonus! It was wonderful to actually see him and have him impart information to us — both professionally & and sharing his personal experiences. He’s made a profound impact on me.                   Anna W. Sales/Real Estate, USA
Child’s Age: 6½ years old | Diagnosis: Autism

Raun, you are inspiring! A living example that miracles still do happen. You have a natural ability to make people feel loved and accepted as well as desire to learn more.                 Mallory B. Elementary Teacher, USA
Child’s Name: Aaron | Age: 3 | Diagnosis: Autism

Raun is a very effective and charismatic presenter who engages the audience well. He is such a lovable guy—you can’t help but be engrossed in what he is saying.                       Jean P. Homemaker, USA
Child’s Name: Cara | Age: 2 | Diagnosis: Down’s Syndrome

Kate Wilde

I love her energetic spirit. Her passion for whatever the purpose of the class is contagious! Her experience shows through the knowledge she shares.                         Marianne L. Mom, USA
Child’s Name: Lucas | Age: 8 | Diagnosis: Autism

Kate is animated and powerful in her explanations. What Kate says really sticks with me. When I think I have a difficult question, she always has a response that makes sense and is practical and very encouraging.                               Joanne W. Mom, Belgium
Child’s Age: 2 years old | Diagnosis: Autism

I learned a lot from Kate through questions answered, her wonderful passion, as well as her incredible knowledge of all aspects of The Son-Rise Program.                                                              Sarah B. Artist, USA
Children’s Names: Adam, Isaac | Age: 8, 10 | Diagnosis: PDD

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