The Son-Rise Program’s efficacy is supported by evidence-based research studies, as well as many additional research studies that validate the program’s core principles.
RESEARCH STUDY SUMMARY
Long-Term Study by Northwestern University
- 3 groups of children with Autism: a control group and 2 treatment groups
- All three groups: parents attended the Start-Up course and then an advanced Son-Rise Program course several months later. They filled out two detailed questionnaires (one at the Start-Up and one at their advanced program), which included the ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist), a respected and widely-used Autism evaluation tool.
- Control group: parents did not implement The Son-Rise Program in the months in between their two courses.
- Treatment group #1: parents implemented a low-intensity Son-Rise Program of less than 20 hours per week.
- Treatment group #2: parents implemented a high-intensity Son-Rise Program of 20 or more hours per week.
- Changes in ATEC scores for all 3 groups were examined.
- The ATEC scores of the children in the low-intensity treatment group (#1) showed significant improvements in communication, sociability, and sensory and cognitive awareness as compared to the control group.
- The ATEC scores of the children in the high-intensity treatment group (#2) showed the greatest improvements in communication, sociability, and sensory and cognitive awareness – as compared to both the control group and the low-intensity treatment group.
- Conclusion: Children whose parents took the Start-Up course and then implemented The Son-Rise Program at home over the span of several months showed big improvements in the central challenges of Autism (language, sociability, communication, etc.) – with children whose parents did more than 20 hours a week of The Son-Rise Program showing the greatest gains.
Training Parents to Promote Communication and Social Behavior in Children with Autism: The Son-Rise Program®READ STUDY
RESEARCH STUDY SUMMARY
Short-Term Study by Lancaster University
- 2 groups of children with Autism: a control group and the treatment group.
- Control group: each family would spend 10 days in our Intensive Program apartment unit (on our campus), where the child would not receive Son-Rise Program treatment.
- Treatment group: each family would spend 10 days in our Intensive Program apartment unit (on our campus). For each of the final 5 days, the child would receive one-on-one Son-Rise Program treatment throughout the day.
- The children in both groups were meticulously tested at the beginning of their stay, after 5 days, and again after the final 5 days. (This meant that the treatment group of children were tested just before and just after their 5 days of Son-Rise Program treatment.) The method of testing/evaluation was the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), a third-party evaluation tool considered to be the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.
- The children in the control group did not improve.
- The children in the treatment group showed meaningful statistical improvement across a range of social/interactive behaviors over the course of their 5 days of Son-Rise Program treatment.
- Conclusion: Children who were worked with using The Son-Rise Program showed a strong improvement and response to treatment after only 5 days!
Promoting Child-Initiated Social-Communication in Children with Autism: The Son-Rise Program® Intervention EffectsREAD STUDY
Research Summaries on The Son-Rise Program
Supportive Empirical Research Highlighted Summaries
Here are some of The Son-Rise Program Principles that are supported by empirical research