SOURCE: Autism Treatment Center of America

Autism Treatment Center of America

June 22, 2010 10:50 ET

The Autism Treatment Center of America Releases 3rd Edition of The Son-Rise Program Developmental Model for Helping Children With Autism

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) -  The Autism Treatment Center of America ( has released a comprehensive, updated version of The Son-Rise Program Developmental Model. The model helps parents and caretakers of children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders with:

1. Measuring and formulating a clear baseline of a child's social ability, through the use of the model's assessment guide.

2. Creating a social curriculum for them through a series of steps and examples.

The updated 3rd edition of the model includes a more detailed analysis of particular social skills such as "Function of Eye Contact," "Function of Verbal Communication," "Expression Sharing," "Non-verbal Communication," "Types of Interactive Activities," "Peer Friendships," and "Coping with Sensory Input."

The Son-Rise Program Developmental Model is based on the understanding that the ability to socialize, create and sustain substantial interactive relationships with parents, siblings, peers, etc., is the fundamental challenge that children and adults on the autistic spectrum face. It outlines clear stages of development that are used to determine what to teach children with Autism and when to teach it. The newly released 3rd version will be taught in The Son-Rise Program Intensive course and in the training course sequence, which consists of The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, Maximum Impact, and New Frontiers.

"We are so excited about The Son-Rise Program Developmental model and how it helps parents and professionals to clearly see their child's current social ability and what the next step is in helping them develop further. This 3rd Edition of the model adds a greater clarity to this amazing process of helping children with autism emerge into more socially successful individuals," said William Hogan, Senior Teacher and Trainer at The Autism Treatment Center of America.

A PDF version of the new model is available online at

The Autism Treatment Center of America™, a division of The Option Institute, was established in 1983 by Barry Neil and Samahria Kaufman and provides innovative training programs for parents and professionals caring for children challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and other developmental difficulties.

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