What is the Son-Rise Program®?Using energy, excitement and enthusiasm engages the child and inspires a continuous love of learning and interaction.
Teaching through interactive play results in effective and meaningful socialization and communication.
The Son-Rise Program®
was created by authors/teachers Barry ("Bears") Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman when their son, Raun, was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic.
Although advised to institutionalize him because of his "hopeless, lifelong condition," the Kaufmans instead designed an innovative home-based, child-centered program in an attempt to reach their little boy.
The Kaufmans' unique program, which marked a complete departure from existing methods of treatment, transformed Raun from a child who did not speak, was withdrawn and thought to have with an IQ of less than 30 by the professionals who tested him, into a highly verbal, socially interactive youngster with a near-genius IQ.
Bearing no traces of his former condition, Raun graduated from an Ivy League university and went on to become the director of an educational center for school-aged children.
The Son-Rise Program® innovated an educational treatment modality which included joining children instead of going against them. The program places parents as key teachers, therapists and directors of their own programs and utilizes the home as the most nurturing environment in which to help their children.
This focuses around entering the child's world and following the child’s lead and copying their habits and behavior in intensive one-to-one sessions. In time the child shows pleasure in this social activity and seeks company and interaction. This exchange is fundamental for any communication to take place. The quality of attitude towards the child, child's behavior and capabilities is deeply in-tune with being non-judgmental, in-the-moment and positive.
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