Support – Shop our online store and show your love and support for people with autism. Initially 15% of the proceeds will go directly to help families with autism. The percentage will only increase as we grow and are able to offer more products.
Educate – Do you know someone with autism? Tell them about us. There is HOPE and there is HELP, now more than ever before.
Love – We believe LOVE is the most healing power in the universe. The most important and effective thing you can do to help the person in your life with autism is to LOVE , ACCEPT, and RESPECT them.
Donate – Help us establish the Ka’eo Griffin, Jr. LOVE Scholarship. Named after our inspiration, this scholarship covers costs incurred by parents whom attend the Son-Rise Program training at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, MA. This donation goes directly to a 501c3 organization and is tax deductible.
The Son-Rise Program (from www.AutismTreatment.org)
The Autism Treatment Center of America has provided innovative training programs for parents and professionals caring for children with Autism and other developmental difficulties. Over 25,000 families from over 80 countries have been helped by The Son-Rise Program.
Created for Parents by Parents
The Son-Rise Program was created by authors and teachers Barry “Bears” Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman in 1974 when their son, Raun, was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic. The Kaufmans’ unique program, a departure from existing methods of treatment, transformed Raun from a mute, withdrawn child with an IQ of less than 30 into a highly verbal, socially-interactive youngster with a near-genius IQ. He graduated from an Ivy-League university, bearing no trace of his former condition and is now the Global Director of Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America.
Children Treated with Love and Respect
The Son-Rise Program embraces the physical and emotional expressions of autism with care and understanding and focuses on respect and deep caring as the most important factor impacting a child’s motivation to learn. Instead of forcing a child to conform to a world they do not yet understand, we seek to engage the child in their world first, striving to understand what will be most effective to the individual child’s growth. Through enthusiastic and playful interactions, the children invite us into their world, and then we guide them in to ours.
What Makes The Son-Rise Program so Different and so Effective?
The Son-Rise Program was the first to treat Autism Spectrum Disorders as relational and neurological challenges versus behavioral. This program places parents, not doctors or therapists, as key teachers. Parents’ long-term commitment and deep love encourages and inspires caring relationships with their children. It also focuses on the home, rather than clinics, as the most stable and nurturing environment in which to help a child. The Son-Rise Program implements a very specific method based on a Developmental Model to guide parents step-by-step, enabling their children to dramatically improve in all areas of learning, social development, communication and skill acquisition. Equally significant, The Son-Rise Program helps bring playfulness, laughter and joy into a child’s life.
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up Foundational Course
The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is a 5-day group training program for parents and professionals looking to facilitate meaningful progress or recovery in their children (from toddlers to adults) challenged by autism and other developmental difficulties.
Exciting, inspiring, and diverse presentations by a group of seasoned and dedicated teachers, will deliver to you the expert, motivation and knowledge honed through years of working with thousands of families and children. You will gain 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.
Relationship Building: Encourage and create more interactive, deeper and nourishing connections between you and your child.
Language Development/Communication: Learn functional strategies for increasing verbal and nonverbal communication that will help your child interact, make requests and express themselves.
Joining and Motivation: Joining is a key innovative component of this program. Learn how to join your child to encourage them to be motivated, to feel safe, to want to grow and, ultimately, to join you.
Attitude: Be the most effective facilitator that you can be by creating and sustaining an attitude of hope and optimism, staying focused and inspired and taking care of yourself.
Practical Strategies: Overcome everyday challenges presented by tantrums, inflexibility with routine and socially difficult behavior.