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As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate autism expert and educator with no trace of his former condition. Thanks to the Son-Rise Program, a revolutionary method created by his parents, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him and thousands of other families with special children. Parents and educators learn how to enable their children to create meaningful, caring relationships, vastly expand their communications, and to participate successfully in the world.

©2014 Raun K. Kaufman and The Option Institute and Fellowship (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Limitless hope . . . his personal faith in the program, his warmth, and the targeted application of principles will encourage readers to try his methods." (Publishers Weekly)

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Eight years ago my husband and I ran a SonRise program for our son it made huge impact on his well-being at that time helping them interact and be flexible ...we walked away from the program for school and attempts at so many other programs, biomedical, etc.. and now are ready to run a second program knowing that this is the way to truly help our son. just in the last few days of going back to the basics we have seen a beautiful response from our son we are so excited to get going and see what the future holds!!! thank you Raun for putting this book out thank you ATCA for loving and supporting all of the families in this world with autism.
with great gratitude and love,
the Kapparos family

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A Different Approach to Autism!!! There is HOPE!

What did you love best about Autism Breakthrough?

It was very easy to understand. I found the suggested techniques refreshing as opposed to requiring a college education for implementation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Raun. He was very animated while reading the book and telling about his personal experiences. It kept me excited to read more.

What about Raun K. Kaufman’s performance did you like?

I liked that Raun came off as being very personable, understanding, and non-judge mental of child's situation in the cases he discussed.

What did you learn from Autism Breakthrough that you would use in your daily life?

The biggest thing that I learned was that I need to remain calm even when my child is performing behaviors that stress me out such as hitting and biting. I also learned to greatly decrease the control battles that I have with my son.

Any additional comments?

One issue that I had with my 3 year old son was getting him to put his bed clothes on when he gets out of the tub at night. It recently became his routine to jump out of the tub and run around naked for at least 15 - 20 minutes before agreeing to put on his bed clothes. One night I decided to get very animated about how fun it is to get dressed for bed. I even pretended to put his bed clothes on his sister (she is 18 months). He initially came over and put his bed clothes on because he wanted to be a part of the fun. But then he took them off about 3 minutes later while laughing out loud. I simply laughed with him and said, "Wow you are gonna get really cold running around naked. But it's ok. Let me know when you are ready to put your clothes on silly boy." He ran around for about 5 more minutes naked. Then the grabbed his clothes and rand to me and said, "I wann put my pajamas on." I was just as excited and said, "Sure thing! It's pajama time!!" He put on his clothes and happily got ready for bed. I recognized after this incident that I was making too big of a deal abou controlling exactly when he put his pajamas on. When I relinquished some of the control he almost immediately replied. I am very hopeful and excited about what is yet to come. I know my son has a bright future ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!

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Act soul food to me as I go thru my journey each day ...

I just loved this book, all the informations are so much more meaningful and encouraging. I found this book seeing my son in my eyes ... can’t appreciate enough & encourage all parents must go thru this book. Luv

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comforting, helpful, hopeful!!

Really enjoyed his narrative, humor. I can enjoy my Grandson more fully! Joy, less fear.

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An incredible resource!

This book is a game changer and an amazing resource for a parent or caregiver with a child with Autism.

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A great approach.

As a health care provider and mother to a young son recently diagnosed with ASD, I enjoyed learning more about the son-rise principles and techniques. I found it to be very beneficial, not only in conveying important messages to parents regarding attitude and optimism, but a lot of the core principles and strategies make a lot of sense. In my realm of healthcare, ABA is the primary therapy recommendation. I had some colleagues of mine urge me to NOT look into this treatment modality. I felt it was in my family's best interests to explore all of the available information to better my understanding of what was out there. I was so glad that I did! I have already had good success implementing some strategies (excitement, energy, and enthusiasm) with some positive results.

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Powerfully Positive --

I feel energized and excited to have access to the Sonrise Program. This book is all about shifting your mindset to joining your child's world and loving them totally and completely ...as they are...and then lays out specific methods to help your child join in our world. I was captivated from the time I pushed "play". The author (autistic as a child) exudes the qualities Energy Excitement and Enthusiasm...which are the three keys to bringing your child closer. His joyous positive narration is infectious., As a grandmother to a precious 4 year old with autism....I feel my mind has been opened ...that I've found a key to unlock the mystery of how to interact in a way that provides opportunities to assist. I want to be a support to my darling daughter in law and son, and this book was exactly what I needed. I can see that they are already implementing many of the ideas. Autism is a social relational disorder..,..not behavioral. This book inspires HOPE ...and gives clear guidance on how and why this program can impact the life of a child with autism....no matter what the level of their autism. This book is s blessing! I would highly recommend LISTENING to the audio book first! I bought the hard copy yesterday ..and plan to use it as a reference. The audio is powerful beyond words. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with all!

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this book is a must for any parent or care giver.

Any parent or care giver will find this very useful . must read! awesome book

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Inspiring and empowering for a paradigm shift around autism and life!

In my experience many autism books on the market today are similar in behavioral modification approach and perhaps even a bit gloomy often times. Thus, my expectations for this book to provide novel and viable approaches to keep moving the progress needle with my 11 year old child with Asperger's were low. I'm happy to admit I was completely blown away with this one!

With Ron as the narrator and author I felt his passion and positive energy grab ahold of me and keep me interested in every insightful word. To me, the theme here was positivity and hope in a society that has precious little around autism diagnoses. And the principles and strategies therein are truly breakthroughs for not only treating autism but for life in general.

It fully recharged my battery.

Thank you Ron and the Son-Rise Program!

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Mind boggling

Very interesting strategies.. Explained with simple easy to understand examples. Totally convinced that I need to try them out. Not sure how can working parents make it work though.. Will be calling the institution

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