SOURCE: Autism Treatment Center of America

Autism Treatment Center of America

November 21, 2013 16:37 ET

Journal of Communication Disorders Releases First Autism Study of the Son-Rise Program

Elsevier, the World's Leading Medical and Scientific Publisher, Issues Study Showing Autism Treatment Improves Social Skills in Children Across the Spectrum

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2013) - This week, the Journal of Communication Disorders, revealed findings of the study, Promoting Child-Initiated Social-Communication in Children with Autism: Son-Rise Program Intervention Effects, through Elsevier, the world's leading medical and scientific publisherThe Son-Rise Program was developed for parents by the founders of Autism Treatment Center of America®.

This is the first scientific study evaluating and demonstrating the effectiveness of The Son-Rise Program treatment. The peer-reviewed study, conducted over a five-day period by Northwestern University, and Lancaster University in the UK, showed significant improvements in the social skills of children who received Son-Rise Program treatment compared to a control group who didn't receive any Son-Rise Program treatment. After 40 hours of The Son-Rise Program Intensive Training, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders -- including young children with severe Autism -- demonstrated measurable improvement in three key areas: Social/communication skills, interactive attention span and frequency of interactions, and spontaneous social communicative interaction. The study demonstrates a child's spontaneous desire to connect with others -- as opposed to therapies that focus on scripted and/or prompted behaviors. See complete study in the link, below.

Bryn N. Hogan, Executive Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America, and a Son-Rise Program teacher for nearly two decades, said, "The findings are compelling because they demonstrate the impact of just 40 hours of The Son-Rise Program Intensive Training. When a child on the Autism Spectrum improves his capacity to interact socially within only a week's time, it drives home what we've witnessed in our work in a definitive way. The possibilities of what children on the spectrum can achieve are unlimited."

For over 30 years, the non-profit has helped thousands of families with children who are challenged by Autism. In 2012, the Autism Treatment Center of America helped 1,731 Son-Rise Program families worldwide with over $1.4 million in financial aid. "Without data from the scientific community to support the efficacy of our treatment, families seeking to secure funding for our relationship-based program were at a disadvantage. This study removes doubt about The Son-Rise Program, and we expect it to serve as a catalyst, enabling more families to get funding approval," Mrs. Hogan, continued.

Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, together, developed the Son-Rise Program for their son Raun in 1974, resulting in his complete recovery from Autism. After Mr. Kaufman wrote the books Son-Rise and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, parents seeking help for their children with Autism approached the Kaufmans for guidance and input. As a result, the couple founded the Autism Treatment Center of America. Mr. Kaufman said, "We're excited to have empirical data validating what we've known for more than 35 years. We've had the honor to teach parents how to create their own Son-Rise Programs, and with commitment, caring and love, they've achieved meaningful results, even extraordinary results. We set no limits whatsoever on the future of any child diagnosed with Autism."

Notes to editors:

What is The Son-Rise Program?
The Son-Rise Program, offered by the Autism Treatment Center of America, provides parents and caregivers groundbreaking tools to help children and adults challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorders, setting them on the path to their fullest potential. For more than 35 years, The Son-Rise Program has taught parents how to create their own home-based Son-Rise Program, setting no limits on a child's development. There is hope for every child. Thousands of parents throughout the world have applied The Son-Rise Program techniques, many sharing their testimonials on the Autism Treatment Center of America website and Facebook page. &

A link to the study can be found here: