SOURCE: Autism Treatment Center of America

Autism Treatment Center of America

April 02, 2010 11:43 ET

ATCA Announces Remarkable New Video Documenting Autism Recovery for Autism Awareness Month

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - April 2, 2010) -  For Autism Awareness month in April, the Autism Treatment Center of America™ announces the release of an inspiring six minute "before and after" video documenting the recovery of Simon, one of many children who made a full recovery from Autism using The Son-Rise Program®, a cutting-edge treatment that challenges the conventional ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) approach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swRBOlPKsX8

Simon shares his story from diagnosis to his hopes today as a gregarious 19 year-old college freshman. The video is an example of successful treatment with The Son-Rise Program and the founders are available for interviews. 

Simon's mother attributes her son's recovery from Autism to The Son-Rise Program. "Doctors told me Simon had a less than 30 I.Q., would NEVER speak or recognize me, and would be severely autistic. Today, he's a loving, introspective person growing into his future. I hope that by sharing this personal video that other families will find their way to The Son-Rise Program too."

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects approximately 1 out of every 110 children, up to 1.5 million Americans, and is the fastest growing developmental disability. The Son-Rise Program has become a beacon of hope for parents. It has helped treat nearly 25,000 children and adults on the Autism spectrum in 78 countries. The Son-Rise Program was developed by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman 35 years ago in response to their son Raun's diagnosis of "severe autism." Rather than follow doctors' advice to institutionalize him, the Kaufmans developed a radically different home treatment that joined in Raun's repetitive behaviors ("isms"), creating a connection that allowed him to emerge from Autism. Raun fully recovered from Autism, attended an Ivy League university, and today is the Director of Global Education at the Autism Treatment Center of America, with speaking engagements worldwide. Barry Neil Kaufman is the author of Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, made into the award-winning NBC-TV movie Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love. The Son-Rise Program and the Kaufmans have been featured in over 2,000 articles and media programs worldwide, and have been endorsed by Jimmy Carter, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and many others.

Contact Information

  • To schedule an interview with Raun, Barry Neil, or Samahria Kaufman,
    please call Katherine Hilliard, 413-229-8063 ext. 109, or katherine@option.org.