There are so many therapies out there for autism – it can be overwhelming, to say the least. And because autism is so wide-ranging in terms of severity, and, as the saying goes, ‘if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,’ trying to find the right kind of therapy (or combination of therapies, in most cases) can be an endless…mind-numbing…(insert your own word here!)…journey.
You have to do what’s best, and what you think works, for your child, and that is the ultimate idea at Kyle’s Treehouse. And as many of you may know, what worked for Kyle and the Westphal family was The Son-Rise Program. If you’re not familiar with the program, it was created in the 70’s by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman to help their autistic son, Raun. It’s a home-based, parent-led structure that promotes encouragement and excitement and invites you to join your child in their world to ultimately create a bridge leading them back into ours. (From this experience the Kaufmans established The Autism Treatment Center of America, and their son, Raun–who went on to emerge from his autism–is now its Director of Global Education!)
And not only is Raun the Director of Global Education of the organization, he is also an author. Earlier this year he released, Autism Breakthrough, which is a more in-depth look at the program and why it works so well. And now it’s available as an audiobook. If you want to get a flavor for the book, you can actually listen to Chapter 2: “Joining: Entering Your Child’s World” for free – at this link http://www.autismbreakthrough.com/L/Chapter_2/.
It’s definitely worth checking out!
Lynsey, Community Manager
As most of you know, we ran a treatment program for 4 years called “Son-Rise” to help Kyle recover from Autism. Now you can read all about Son-Rise from the original Son-Rise “son!” Raun K. Kaufman just recently published his own book, Autism Breakthrough, and it’s available through Amazon.com.
This is more than just a story of Raun’s recovery from Autism, because that is told in the book written by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, called Son-Rise, the Miracle Continues (also available on Amazon.com). It’s more an in-depth look at the program and why it works so well! This is the go-to book if you want to understand the principles of Son-Rise and begin working with your child now!
I encourage you to order your copy today! And if you’d like to see Raun interviewed on Fox News, you can check it out here:
Today Kyle is 21, attending a University, living on his own, making friends and doing his own thing! We owe all this and so much more to the Son-Rise program. Just take a look and see if the Son-Rise principles don’t help you help your child. What have you got to lose!
We wanted to share yet another amazing story coming from the Son-Rise Program (which, you may know, is the treatment program that Kyle took part in).
The comparative photos below can speak for themselves, but Riley’s mom, Tania, shared how the Son-Rise program has impacted her son’s life.
Riley at 18 months old
Riley 3 years old – after Son Rise
Tania took part in the Son-Rise Program, New Frontiers, and she shared that after applying the techniques taught to her, Riley went from running in circles covering his ears at a playground to a child that is now enjoying a social life! You can read more from Tania, and other families, on the Son-Rise / Autism Treatment Center of America Facebook page.
Or, visit the Autism Treatment Center of America website.
Lynsey, Community Manager