The Son‑Rise Program
VIRTUAL Start-Up Course

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Have you been wondering how to help your child thrive in the midst of a pandemic?

Or have you been considering attending The Son-Rise Program In-Person Start-Up, but have concerns about travel restrictions, staying healthy, and staying safe at this time? We have the solution for you! The Son-Rise Program VIRTUAL Start-Up Course! Attend our jam-packed, five-day training (via Zoom) from the safety and comfort of your own home!

At The Autism Treatment Center of America, we know that you will go to the ends of the earth to help your wonderful child. We deeply care about your safety and still want to give you access to all of the tools to make that happen. We were originally holding The Son-Rise Program In-Person Start-Up (on our Sheffield, MA campus) the week of July 27, 2020, and we were holding out hope that this would still be possible. However, given all of the governmental mandates for restrictions on travel, limitations for any gatherings, and the ever present coronavirus, we are unable to offer the program here on our campus and therefore we will offer a virtual version: The Son-Rise Program VIRTUAL Start-Up Course!, via Zoom. We want to be unstoppable, because we want to help you become unstoppable when it comes to helping your child.

Given this amazing opportunity, it has now opened up the possibility to invite others (you) to the virtual program, who may not have been able to attend the in-person program. What an honor for us to be able to offer this with NO traveling, NO safety issues, NO concerns for quarantine, or inability to be there for your families.

We are so excited, and so grateful to create such an alternative experience, which welcomes families just like yours from all over the world. We hope to see you there for The Son-Rise Program VIRTUAL Start-Up Course!

FOUNDATIONAL COURSE

The Son-Rise Program VIRTUAL Start-Up Course! is a 5-day group training program for parents, relatives and professionals looking to facilitate meaningful progress in their children (ages 18 months through 60 years) challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and other related developmental difficulties. This program will teach you everything you need to know to begin your own in-home Autism treatment program while in the company of other parents who share similar situations.

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

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Program Features:

The Son-Rise Program VIRTUAL Start-Up Course! is designed to help those with children of varying ages, from 18 months through 60 years, with a wide range of developmental difficulties, most commonly Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. The Son-Rise Program’s Autism treatment techniques can be used in conjunction with a number of complementary therapies.

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Get Powerful Tools & Information

  • Experience an accelerated fast-track program that gives you months of information in 5 days!
  • Question and answer sessions that specifically address and offer solutions to the wide array of questions, concerns and real life issues that parents deal with on a daily basis, such as eating issues, sleep problems, toilet training, and dealing with other challenging behaviors.
  • Get direct interaction and inspiration from our dynamic, caring, and deeply knowledgeable teachers, who have spent thousands of hours working directly with children on the spectrum. They have the personal, real life experience to help guide you.
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An Unparalleled Experience

  • Participate in carefully-crafted interactive experiences designed to enable you to understand how to implement this home based Autism therapy. The Son-Rise Program will help you build your confidence, strength, hope, and sense of optimism.
  • Be surrounded by incredibly supportive staff who totally believe in your child (and you) – a dramatic departure from what you might be used to!
Parents of Autistic Children

Build Your Support Network

  • Build a supportive community that can serve as a valuable support network for you throughout your journey with your child. After attending The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, parents often share that they no longer feel alone and isolated. Instead, they feel connected and supported, often for the first time.
  • Bond with other parents (and educators) walking the same path as you. Many course attendees make lifelong friends during the Virtual course.
  • Get ongoing support with our experienced Program Advisors, Consultation Services, and Advanced Programs to help you further your home based Son-Rise Program success.

Start-Up Program Topics Include:

HELPING YOUR CHILD RELATE TO OTHERS

No matter what level of development your child is at, this program can help you to connect deeply with your child and build meaningful social interaction. Read More

We will give you the Autism resources you need to generate a sincere delight in human interaction within your child. You will learn how to help your child move beyond repetitive “stimming” behaviors. We will give you strategies for increasing eye contact, a pivotal step for learning and interaction.
MOTIVATING & TEACHING YOUR CHILD

Every child has a right to be educated by someone that believes in him or her. Every parent wants their child to be able to say what he wants, express love and take care of himself. Read More

We believe with a certainty that your child can learn if he is highly motivated. In this program, you will learn how to find your child’s motivations and interests. You will learn how to turn these into dynamic, customized learning experiences so that your child can learn and acquire the skills necessary for success in school and in life—from using the toilet or increasing attention span to reading a book or cooperating with others.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Regardless of whether your child is using language or not, there are ways we can help you to help your child increase his/her communication skills. Read More

This Autism therapy will offer you functional strategies for increasing verbal communication that will help your child interact, make requests and express himself. Whether your “child” is 3 or 23, we do not believe it is ever “too late” for your child to learn to communicate.

THE SON-RISE PROGRAM SOCIAL CURRICULUM
PARENT TRAINING & EMPOWERMENT

For many, having a child with developmental difficulties and running a program to help him/her can feel very challenging. However, we believe that you are the most important force in your child’s life. Read More

That makes taking care of you—and helping you take care of yourself—a major priority for us. You will have specialized, ongoing instruction in an attitude that feels peaceful, nonjudgmental, optimistic and hopeful. We will inspire you to overcome obstacles that may sometimes feel insurmountable. You will have opportunities to talk through your concerns and find answers. Whether it is stress management or time management, we can help you to care for yourself so that you can best care for your child.
CREATING AN OPTIMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Your child is capable of great learning in an environment that is comfortable, safe and free from over-stimulation. In this program, we’ll show you how to construct an ideal educational environment. Read More

We can help you find and filter out nearly all of the most common distractions, many of which you may not even realize are affecting your child’s learning. Also, you will learn how to eliminate the push-pull control battles that inhibit useful interactions. We’ll show you how to use this special learning environment to maximize your child’s development and participation while making your life easier and less chaotic.
DECISIVE & EFFECTIVE HANDLING OF CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS

Every parent and teacher struggles with certain things that their child does. We will teach you how to help your child to find different behaviors and more useful ways of communicating. Read More

In addition, you will learn practical techniques for preventing these behaviors before they happen. This makes day-to-day life a lot easier—for you and your child.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS FOR HIGHLY-VERBAL CHILDREN

We have seen that The Son-Rise Program principles and techniques have a profound impact on children and young adults diagnosed with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. With this in mind, our Son-Rise Program Start-Up includes special ‘breakout’ sessions around language, goal setting and social skill development.

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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,

Jackline

 

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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