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Program Reviews

Program Reviews & Success Stories


The Son-Rise Program Reviews

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our participants say about The Son-Rise Program Start-Up:

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 now a completely new and better person. Joseph K. Software Engineer, USA Children’s Names: Terrence & Tyrell | Ages: 4 | Diagnosis: Autism

Wow. The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is the most incredible learning experience I have ever been through. The class was run with the utmost professionalism, excellent use of technology, but most importantly, the human touch. These people truly love you where you are at and and are showing you the way not only to help your child but to help you become the best person you can through it. Everything about the class makes sense not only to your mind but also your soul. This literally can not be described. You must experience it. William O. Engineer & Dad, USA Child’s Name: Eric |
Age: 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 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 began this program with a sense of hopelessness. Now, I feel very hopeful in 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

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 with us (in spirit) 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

Maximum Impact filled me with “turbo fuel” to 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 the Start-Up Program for sure!! 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 finish the program 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

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

Online Training Course Reviews

The Super-Speech Starter

Super Speech Starter E-Learning course helped me understand the process of encouraging speech in my child and also provided me next steps, and

The teachers of The Super Speech Starter E-Learning Course gave us clear, specific techniques to focus on to help our children with verbal

I was very excited for Super Speech Starter E-Learning course, and I have to say that I am very happy that I attended. The Teachers gave me a lot

Super Speech Starter E-Learning course is incredibly creative compared to what I’ve learned as a doctor. I like the way it motivates

The interactions with the other parents, along with hearing about their children, is really one of the greatest things in the Super Speech

I found The Super Speech Starter E-Learning Course so useful as they gave us realistic and practical advice on how to actual promote and

Tantrum Transformers

Taking the Tantrum Transformers E-Learning Course was the best thing that happened in my son’s life and ours as well! It gave me the peace of

I found Tantrum Transformers E-Learning Course to be very specific and helpful. It was also comforting to realize, in real time, that there are

The Tantrums Transformers E-Learning Course was easy to follow, and there was no stress, so the learning was easy and logical. The strategies

I had a wonderful experience in Tantrum Transformers E-Learning course. As a special education teacher I have a lot of experience with

Tantrum Transformers E-Learning course provides excellent resources for dealing with our children’s intense behaviors. Specifically the teachers

I have taken the Son-Rise Program Start-Up course and knew I needed a refresher course but also I needed to gain more knowledge on handling

Toilet Trouble To Toilet Triumph

The Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph E-Learning course was great help for me as a professional. I now have some extra supportive tools for my patients

The Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph E-Learning course was very informative. It gave me a sense that parents’ and caretakers’ behaviors and attitudes

This course has been very helpful for me and my son. Now I understand the importance of letting my son understand what the toilet is, letting

My experience in the Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph E-Learning course was wonderful. It was hard to change my outlook from years of ABA

During the Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph E-Learning course, I loved being able to talk about all the aspects of the journey of toilet

At the Toilet Trouble to Toilet Triumph E-Learning course, I learned new ways to help my child use the potty. The ideas were so helpful to me.

Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now

The teachers at the Autism Treatment Center of America know exactly what our child is going through and provide a very apt solution. The steps

It was very helpful to be in a course such as the Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety E-learning course with a wonderful amazing leader. It was inspiring

The Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now E-Learning course was so helpful on teaching me how to engage with my son. My attitude and approach is key.

Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety E-Learning Course was such a gift to myself and my family for me to take the time out and really focus on the aspect of anxiety

During the Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety Now E-Learning course, I felt it was inspiring and helpful to hear from other parents. The teacher

Wow. The Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety E-Learning course was very informative and helpful. Not only was the course content easy to understand

Deactivate Defiance

I knew that Deactivate Defiance was the course I needed to do! I knew if I could understand the principles behind what is making my child ‘defiant’ and how I could change my response to his ‘defiance’, my whole game plan

Deactivate Defiance reinforced what I’d already learned in previous trainings which I attended on behalf of Benjamin, my son on the spectrum. It was refreshing to take this course on behalf of my interactions with

In Deactivate Defiance E-Learning Course, it was priceless to relive that feeling of breakthrough that I felt when I took The Son-Rise Program Start Up. The perspective is everything, and the understanding you offer

The Son-Rise Program Teacher Reviews

Becky Damgaard

Senior Staff Son-Rise Program Teacher
& Group Facilitator

Kat Kramlich

Kat Kramlich

Son-Rise Program Teacher

Suzanne Pruss

Suzanne Pruss

Senior Staff Son-Rise Program Teacher

Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman

Co-Founder/Co-Originator Senior Teacher/Trainer

Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Co-Founder/Co-Originator Senior Teacher/Trainer

Becky Damgaard

Becky’s style was deeply appreciated, especially because of her clarity and ability to rapidly identify core issues and explain how to apply key Son-Rise Program concepts in stages and how to sequence them. Where I might have felt confused before and somewhat intimidated, I now have more confidence. Victoria W. Clinical Psychologist, USA Children: Ross & Ean, Ages: 18 ½ & 10 | Diagnosis: Autism

Oh Becky, she has a warmth and light. She made it seem as though I have known her for years rather than days. She was so knowledgeable in so many areas. She tapped deep into our feelings and she allowed us be open and honest about what this journey has been like for us. She stood with us in those moments and supported us through it. She is so wonderful! Eleena B. Florist/Business Owner, Canada

Becky the smiley, loving, beautiful lady. She was so energetic and I found in her energy, the energy and motivation that the goal is attainable in every step. Adaeze K. Medical Doctor, United Kingdom

Becky was fantastic. She was able to keep us focused and on track, and answered every question with respect for the individual. Her vast knowledge and experience was wonderful! Ada F. Teacher, Utah, USA

Becky is such a beautiful soul. Her voice and energy is so calming. She is so very knowledgeable when it comes to our special children. Thank you, Becky, you have no idea how much you will improve our life going forward. Jodie S. Student Nurse, United Kingdom

Becky’s energy and enthusiasm were great. I enjoyed learning from her… every step. Thea T. Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, USA

Kat Kramlich

Kat’s energy was just wow! My mood immediately went up when she started speaking, very motivating and amazing knowledge and tips. Zagorka P. Executive Assistant, Switzerland

Kat is a very good teacher and even more also a great advisor! She was so positive and caring and always kept in contact with me to make sure that everything worked out! Judith K. Child Facilitator, Germany

Kat! You are so warm, kind, supportive and fun. You have been amazing at supporting us through this entire journey and I am so glad that you recommend we come to this live session – it has made all the difference. Thank you for your wisdom in that and for working so hard to set up so many phone sessions with me. I look forward to updating you on positive changes throughout our journey as I am certain they are going to come in abundance. Avee Lynn R. Music Therapist/Physician Asst., North Carolina, USA

Kat was a fun and engaging teacher! I loved learning from her. Meeting Kat solidified our decision to move forward with The Son-Rise Program as she explained the different experiences she’d had with other therapy approaches. Thank you, Kat! Jenna W. Stay At Home Mom, Ohio, USA

I love Kat and her interaction with me is the whole reason why I signed up. My husband found this program and I decided to call. I had hope, but at the same time I felt like this may be a scam preying on desperate parents. As soon as I spoke to Kat, all of those thoughts diminished. She listened to me talk about Julia, let me go on little side spurts when I was “out of it” due to something involving Julia (day care scenario, EI leader, etc.). This was all extra from her end and this was *before* I paid. Now that’s commitment and passion to helping people. Lillian J. Stay At Home Mom, USA

Kat, you are an amazing human being and I am so lucky to be one of your students. I have learned so many things from you and I will always be grateful for your help. Abdul R. Entrepreneur, Qatar

Suzanne Pruss

Suzanne is amazing! She is super knowledgeable, calming, and caring. She taught me things that just made sense. Thank you, Suzanne, this will change our life. Jodie S. Student Nurse, United Kingdom

Suzanne is so loving and patient. She helped me better understand my reactions and relationships. Zuzana K. Local Administrator, Slovakia

Suzanne is warm and has inviting energy of exploring oneself further, without it being fearful!!! Christina S. Son-Rise Mom, North Carolina, USA

Suzanne was so helpful with looking at the attitude portion of this journey. I feel so much more equipped to deal with my thoughts now. Caleigh P. Nurse/Stay-at-Home Mom, New Hampshire, USA

Suzanne is patient! Encouraging! I absolutely loved her enthusiasm about her content and the way she checked on us in our breakouts while offering much needed assistance. Connie M. Educator, Maryland, USA

Suzanne got me thinking differently about the most difficult part of being an autistic parent. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and teaching a different perspective. Aparajitha S. Interior Designer, Canada

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

Watch Autism Success Stories from the Autism Treatment Center of America



Please note, this is a per-person registration

This is only available as an add-on course for active subscribers to The Son-Rise Program Online. Please make sure you are subscribed before registering for this mini-course.



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This is a Parent Training Program designed for adults/parents only.


NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

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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:

  • 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

Pre-Requisites for this course are:

  • 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

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

Pre-Requisites for this course are:



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.
  • 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

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

  • CEO
  • Director of Operations
  • 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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