From The Autism Treatment Center Of America
After publication of the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, recounting their family's story, and an NBC-TV award-winning movie based on the book, the Kaufmans were flooded with requests for help. The Autism Treatment Center of America was the result, and since 1983, The Son-Rise Program has helped thousands of families from around the country and the world. Parents and professionals from 66 countries have come to the Berkshire campus to learn to implement The Son-Rise Program with their children and patients.
"The foundation of The Son-Rise Program rests upon this idea: the
children show us the way in and we show them the way out," says Raun K. Kaufman who is fully recovered from autism. "This means that, rather than
forcing children to conform to a world that they don't understand, we begin by joining them in their own world first -- before asking them to join us in
our world. We find that children consistently look at and interact more with people when they are sincerely joined in their repetitive activities.
We are teaching these relationships by building on common interests. In this way, we establish a mutual bond
and connection. This bond -- this relationship -- becomes the basis for
teaching skills and inspiring growth."
Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association cited a ten-fold increase in autism over the previous decade. Confirming this sharp rise, the US Department of Education said that autism is increasing at the rate of 10% to 17% per year and has projected a total population with autism of 4 million Americans by the next decade.
Autism is a complex developmental disorder. Symptoms and
characteristics of autism can range from mild to severe. Some common behaviors are: little
or no language; lack of eye contact; tantrums, repetitive behaviors and withdrawal from human contact with a preference for interacting with
objects rather than people.