SOURCE: The Autism Treatment Center of America

January 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Autism Treatment Center of America Collaborates With Northwestern University, Lancaster University on Scientific Research to Study The Son-Rise Program for Autism Treatment and Education

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2008) - The Autism Treatment Center of America™ (ATCA) has embarked on a research program to begin scientific investigation of The Son-Rise Program® for autism treatment and education. The ATCA is collaborating with research psychologists from Chicago's Northwestern University and UK-based Lancaster University.

The ATCA has begun clinical trials with experienced researchers to gather reliable data.

Raun K. Kaufman, CEO of the ATCA, spearheaded making this research program a reality. Mr. Kaufman is the original Son-Rise child, having himself recovered fully from autism through this program, which his parents developed to help him. He said, "Rigorous empirical scientific research of The Son-Rise Program is absolutely crucial. It's been a long time in coming, and I'm gratified to see that these valuable studies are now underway."

At this time, this research program consists of three strands:
    1) Clinical trials involving children who are worked with for 5 days
       by trained facilitators using The Son-Rise Program.
    2) A long-term study involving hundreds of families currently
       utilizing the program.
    3) A retrospective study which looks back at families and children
       who have already implemented the program.

About the Autism Treatment Center of America

The Autism Treatment Center of America is the worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program, a treatment for children and adults challenged by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental difficulties. For more information visit www.autismtreatment.org; email son-rise@option.org; or call 1-800-714-2779 in the U.S., or +1-413-229-2100 outside the U.S.

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