SOURCE: The Autism Treatment Center of America

November 19, 2007 09:00 ET

International Autism Expert Raun K. Kaufman Supports American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Early Testing, but Rejects Position That Autism Is Incurable

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Last month the American Academy of Pediatrics published a report which urges testing children for Autism by the age of two. The report also reflects the AAP's position that autism can be managed but not cured.

Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "cure" as: "1. a: to restore to health, soundness, or normality b: to bring about recovery from."

Raun K. Kaufman, CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America™ and himself fully cured from autism, issued the following statement:

"We applaud the AAP's call for early testing, but are disappointed at their continued position that autism is incurable. The biggest mistake made in the autism world is deciding ahead of time all of the things that a child will never do or accomplish. We refuse to do this. Since there is no way to see the future, the only ethical choice we have is to treat every child as if he or she can be cured and give all children a chance."

As a child, Mr. Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program, which enabled their son's complete cure from autism. Now an international speaker and Ivy League graduate, Mr. Kaufman bears no traces of his former condition.

The Autism Treatment Center of America is home of The Son-Rise Program for autism treatment and education. The Son-Rise Program is the only program that:

--  Was created by parents for parents
--  Helps parents cure their children in some cases and bring about
    significant improvement in almost all cases
--  Has worked for 25,000 families from 75 countries with a radical
    departure from traditional behavior modification for Autism
--  Takes a situation that can be divisive and uses it to unite families

About The Autism Treatment Center of America

The Autism Treatment Center of America is the worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program, a powerful, effective and totally unique treatment for children and adults challenged by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental difficulties.

The Son-Rise Program is a registered trademark of Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. The Autism Treatment Center of America is a trademark of The Option Institute.

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