Sheffield, MA, USA 01257

The Son‑Rise Program For Autism Platform

Awarded Best Autism Therapy Badge

The Son-Rise Program for Autism Platform bridges the gap between families and effective autism treatment by providing you a comprehensive online platform. Drawing from the immense success of The Son‑Rise Program®, which has empowered families of children with autism for over four decades, our innovative platform leverages cutting-edge technology to extend our reach globally, making our wealth of resources and support accessible at your convenience. Our enhanced platform is tailored to your family’s unique needs and encompasses a wide array of autism tools, providing you with COURSES, COMMUNITY, & RESOURCES.

The Son-Rise Program For Autism

The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform: Key Features

  • The Son-Rise Program Online®:
  • Live and Pre-Recorded Workshops:
    • Enrichment Classes led by experienced Son-Rise Program Teachers. They’ll provide you with in-depth training and interactive learning opportunities.
    • Topic-based learning live via Zoom. Sessions are offered at two different times per session date, approximately two times per month. Experienced Son-Rise Program Teachers will cover important autism-related topics, including a Q&A during each session.
    • Pre-recorded content. Jam-packed lessons allow you to watch and listen anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Private Consultations:
    • Access one-on-one Consultations with certified Son-Rise Program Teachers to address specific challenges and provide guidance tailored to your child’s needs.
    • Consultations are available at a 20% discount with an active subscription to The Son-Rise Program for Autism platform.
  • Attitudinal Support:
    • Resources and strategies to strengthen your resilience, promote self-care, and build your positive mindset, ensuring you the emotional support you need throughout your journey.
    • The Happiness GPS: A groundbreaking, easy-to-use system that helps you navigate challenges and uncertainties related to autism.
  • The Son-Rise Program Online Library:
    • An extensive catalog of videos, educational blogs, worksheets, inspiration, newsletters, and more to help you gain a deeper understanding of the program and expand on how to apply what you have learned most effectively for your child.
    • Continued new content uploaded to the library two times per month.
  • Thriving Community Support:
    • Connect with like-minded parents on a similar journey on our dedicated forums and community feed.
    • Share experiences, gain insights, and find encouragement from fellow Son-Rise Program participants. This community facilitates peer support, knowledge-sharing, and networking opportunities.
    • Newsfeed: Hear about and receive email notifications when new content is made available.
  • Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Base:
    • Use AI to pose a question or find what you need. Relevant information will be pulled from the library and posted as an answer to you.
    • Get specific information about anything on the platform you’re most interested in learning more about.
    • Get additional technical support using the AI tool.
  • ExpandShare Mobile App:
    • Easily download the ExpandShare mobile app to your iPhone or Android and have immediate access to The Son-Rise Program Online at the touch of a button, so you can pick up where you left off anytime, anywhere.
      ExpandShare mobile app
  • Team Member Features:
    • Create access for your Son-Rise Program team, consisting of your Team Leader, a Primary Caregiver, and up to three support team members.
    • Each team member has their own login and content from the news feed.

The Son-Rise Program Online

As part of The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform, you will have access to The Son-Rise Program Online training. Here, you will watch useful, easy-to-follow presentations from our Senior Son-Rise Program Teachers, who will teach the tools and principles of The Son-Rise Program in a way you are sure to understand and be able to implement with your child immediately. You will have access to video footage of our approach being implemented with children of all ages, receive resources, worksheets and articles to guide you along the way, and you will participate in knowledge checks throughout the course to help you solidify what you have learned.

We’ll provide the tools… you set the pace! Whether you want to learn once a day, once a week or once a month, IT’S TOTALLY UP TO YOU!

You can access this course on a total of four different devices… simultaneously if you want… so if other members of your household wish to learn, they can too!


Through this breakthrough online autism program, we have seen children:

  • Learn to speak for the first time, or if the child is verbal, engage in natural, reciprocal conversations.
  • Develop deep and meaningful relationships, no matter how disconnected they were at the start.
  • Reduce and eliminate tantrums, aggression and other challenging behaviors.
  • Experience real happiness, satisfaction, and love.
  • Live a full life that includes making close friends, college, dates, sports, and jobs.


In The Son-Rise Program Online,
you’ll get 12 months of online training materials including:


The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform is accessible to every family, everywhere… online.

We support your hopes and dreams for your child, and now you can learn to apply and implement the program’s techniques without ever leaving your home.

To find out more about who participates in The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform and what diagnoses have been successfully supported, click below.

LIVE Enrichment Classes

You are invited and encouraged to attend our LIVE Enrichment Classes (via Zoom) on specific autism-related topics as part of
The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform. These Enrichment Classes will be 1 hour long, with an additional 30-minute Q&A and will be included in your monthly subscription as a way to provide additional support. Classes will happen twice per month at 9:30AM EST, and 2PM EST. Please ensure you are subscribed to our mailing list to see all the available dates and times so that you can plan to attend.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to:

Learn from our Senior Teachers in real time

Gain a deeper understanding of the program’s core principles and attitude.

Engage with The Son-Rise Program Community

Be with other parents and caregivers doing the Son-Rise Program for their children.

Ask questions

Ask questions about the specific topics covered during these classes.

Here is something even more exciting!! You can attend as many Enrichment Classes as you would like throughout the year.

We are here holding hands with you and look forward to showing you MORE ways you can run an effective and FUN Son-Rise Program from home. Stay tuned for dates and times!

“The child development team [who originally evaluated our son] told us Bridger would always be in his own world. Then we found The Son-Rise Program. Within 6 months, Bridger was using language. After nearly a year of the program, he walked up to me and spontaneously announced, ‘I love you, Mommy!’ Years later, Bridger graduated from high school with honors. He spent his senior year as Student Body President and captain of the tennis team. He then went on to college in the fall. What you have done for us is priceless!”

Nancy Mahlum
Son: Bridger, Age 8, Autism with Dysphasia

Online autism treatment - The Son-Rise Program Online

There for you every step of the way.

You have a love for your treasured son or daughter that is everlasting. If you’re still nurturing a hope that a wonderful and fulfilling future is possible for your child… it is. And it starts here.

The Son-Rise Program Online allows you to:

  • Learn a loving, respectful method to help your child.
  • Teach other people how to help and support you in this program.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • Avoid worries about travel, childcare costs, or taking time off work.
  • Use a variety of

The Son-Rise Program For Autism Platform

COST: $1200


Apply for Financial Aid
for up to $300 OFF!

If you have any questions or need help deciding,  to speak with a Son-Rise Program Advisor.

Experiences of Parents who use
The Son-Rise Program

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:

  • 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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Activities include:

  • Over 100 specific growth focused activities
  • Weekly socialization-building games (from Games4Socialization®)
  • An Attitudinal Action Plan (simple exercises to keep you motivated and on track)
  • Interactive “One Click” Participation Activities
  • “Make It Happen” Guides with concepts to remember, things to do, practice guidance, and observation worksheets
  • (two) 8-Week After Courses Including:
    • Daily Activities
    • Sensory Spotlights
    • Attitudinal Support

An animated friend “Billy” to illustrate concepts:

Example worksheet:

Learn from our Son-Rise Program Teachers as they highlight different techniques and how to use them in video demonstrations with children that we’ve actually worked with.

Once you register for The Son-Rise Program Online, you will be invited to join The Son-Rise Program Online Facebook Group. This is a private group for you and other parents and professionals participating in The Son-Rise Program Online. This group is moderated by Senior Son-Rise Program teachers who will be there to answer questions as you move through the course.

You will also have access to The Son-Rise Program Online content library which provides bi-weekly doses of inspiration, activities and tips to work with your child. If you’d like to take your support level a step further, you also have the opportunity to do 60-minute support consultations (for an extra fee) with our Son-Rise Program Teachers in which they can provide strategies specific to your child.

Continued Support:
After your first 12 months of access to the Son-Rise Program Online, you will have the option to maintain access to the course, as well as the library content, and bi-weekly updates for only $45 per month.

The Son-Rise Program® Developmental Model helps you to plot your child and set goals in Four Fundamentals of Socialization: Interactive Attention Span, Eye Contact & Non-Verbal Communication, Verbal Communication, and Flexibility. In each of these areas, you will be able to track your child through the five stages of development.

This is a sequential course so you’ll start at module 1 and end at module 30.