What is the Son-Rise Program?
The Son-Rise Program offers comprehensive treatment and training programs to parents and professionals caring for children with Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental challenges and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). It was developed by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman after their son, Raun, was diagnosed as severely autistic and said to be incurable.
The Son-Rise Program focuses intensely on entering into the child’s world and showing them the way out. This is done by teaching dynamic, enthusiastic, play-oriented methods that focus heavily on social development and social interactions with parents, siblings, peers, etc. The Son-Rise Program Social Curriculum creates programs that allow caregivers to focus on stages of development and understand what to teach and when so that children acquire skills appropriately.
Following a unique set of principles, the Son-Rise Program offers parents and caregivers treatment options that would work best for the child and family. These options consist of a lifestyle option, part time option, and full time option. Both part time and full time options offer two levels of intervention. It is recommended that each treatment option be used for at least 6 months and that approved complementary therapies be considered for maximum benefit and result.
Key elements of the Son-Rise Program:
- Deep parental involvement
- Sensitivity to appropriate developmental sequence
- Speech and Language development
- Understanding and respect for the child and family
- Hands on learning and in techniques and methodology