Autism breakthrough The groundbreaking method that has helped families all over the world

Raun Kahlil Kaufman

Book - 2014

"As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the autism community. So what happened? Thanks to Son-Rise, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In Autism Breakthrough, Kaufman presents the groun...d-breaking principles behind the program that helped him, and so many other families with special children. Kaufman explains that autism is frequently misunderstood as a behavioral disorder when in fact it is a social relational disorder. He explains what it feels like to be autistic, and shows how and why the Son-Rise program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. And he offers clear, practical strategies for working with children that readers can apply immediately--in some cases, parents see a change in their children in as little as one day. Autism Breakthrough makes available for the first time in book form the principles and practical applications of the Son-Rise program, presented by someone who not only teaches the program, but has experienced the joy of it in his own life"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 353 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-323) and index.
ISBN
9781250041111
1250041112
Main Author
Raun Kahlil Kaufman (author)
  • My recovery from autism and the myth of false hope
  • Joining: entering your child's world
  • Motivation: the engine of your child's growth
  • Creativity: how to stay fresh and creative when coming up with games and activities for your child
  • Socialization: the Son-Rise program developmental model
  • Fundamental 1: eye contact and nonverbal communication
  • Fundamental 2: verbal communication
  • Fundamental 3: interactive attention span
  • Fundamental 4: flexibility
  • How giving control generates breakthroughs
  • The good-tryer principle: turning your child into a learning powerhouse
  • The big picture: the Son-Rise program ABCs
  • Sensory overload: optimizing your child's environment
  • Tantrums and other challenging behaviors: how changing your reactions changes everything
  • Asperger's syndrome: applying the Son-Rise program principles
  • The recovery mode: addressing the biology of autism
  • especially diet
  • Attitude: the critical element.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Kaufman (director, Global Education for the Autism Treatment Ctr. of America) has a story to tell and it is a compelling one. Kaufman was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, but his parents defied experts, refused to institutionalize him, and developed an in-home therapy program that they called Son-Rise. Now grown and apparently recovered from autism, the author mingles his own story with the guidance he offers in this book. His voice is warm and fascinating, his experience is one that will bring confidence to families new to their diagnosis, or who may be struggling to find hope. But however heartfelt, this is very much a marketing book—Kaufman is selling the program developed by his parents to other parents, who may not have all the information about current therapy and best practice at hand. Touting anecdote, his own seemingly miraculous recovery, and disparaging other treatment protocols, Kaufman makes an emotionally persuasive case. However, the research cited has questionable relevance to Kaufman's own assertions, and there has been no reliable, independent, peer-reviewed study of the Son-Rise program. Empirically validated methodologies rooted in evidence-based practice, such as Naomi Chedd and Kevin Levine's Treatment Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Individualized, Problem-Solving Approach, are much more appropriate for most readers. VERDICT Pick up this book with a heavy dose of skepticism, read the irresistible story, and then do your own research.—Victoria Frerichs, Prescot, UK [Page 105]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Diagnosed as severely autistic, Kaufman was the first to benefit from the Son-Rise program for curing autistic children, developed by his parents, and here offers a practical and upbeat introduction for parents seeking to use the program's strategies. Now director of global education for the Autism Treatment Center of America, Kaufman explains how the Son-Rise program frames autism as a social-relational disorder, rather than a behavioral disorder, and recommends meeting the child where his own interests lie in order to build a personal bond. His methods for working through four milestones of socialization—nonverbal communication, verbal communication, interactive attention span, and flexibility—offer a helpful road map, with methodology further explained in online supplements to each chapter. He offers an academic paper about empirical research on the program as a nod to skeptical readers, but his chapter espousing nutritional approaches to autism throws him back into the fringe camp. The most appealing aspect of the author's approach is the limitless hope he offers to discouraged parents: "what your child has done (or not done) up until now tells you nothing about what he can do in the future." His personal faith in the program, his warmth, and the targeted application of principles will encourage readers to try his methods even if they are undecided about the supporting evidence. Agent: Stephanie Tade, Stephanie Tade Agency. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the autism community. So what happened? Thanks to Son-Rise, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In Autism Breakthrough, Kaufman presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him, and so many other families with special children. Kaufman explains that autism is frequently misunderstood as a behavioral disorder when in fact it is a social relational disorder. He explains what it feels liketo be autistic, and shows how and why the Son-Rise program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. And he offers clear, practical strategies for working with children that readers can apply immediately--in some cases, parents see a change in their children in as little as one day. Autism Breakthrough makes available for the first time in book form the principles and practical applications of the Son-Rise program, presented by someone who not only teaches the program, but has experienced thejoy of it in his own life"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America, who as a child was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic and possessing an IQ below 30, outlines his parents' controversial program that enabled his recovery, subsequent education and successful career. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America, who was diagnosed as severely autistic as a child, outlines his parents' controversial program that enabled his recovery, subsequent education, and successful career.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate autism expert and educator with no trace of his former condition. So what happened?Thanks to The Son-Rise Program, a revolutionary method created by his parents, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. (His story was recounted in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues and in the award-winning NBC television movie Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.) In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him and thousands of other families with special children. Autism, he explains, is frequently misunderstood as a behavioral disorder when, in fact, it is a social relational disorder. Raun explains what it feels like to be autistic and shows how and why The Son-Rise Program works. A step-by-step guide with clear, practical strategies that readers can apply immediately—in some cases, parents see changes in their children in as little as one day—Autism Breakthrough makes it possible for these special children to defy their original often-very-limited prognoses. Parents and educators learn how to enable their children to create meaningful, caring relationships, vastly expand their communications, and to participate successfully in the world. An important work of hope, science, and progress, Autism Breakthrough presents the powerful ideas and practical applications that have already changed the lives of families all over the world.