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. Thanks to the Son-Rise Program, a revolutionary method created by his parents, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him and thousands of other families with special children. 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.
"Limitless hope . . . his personal faith in the program, his warmth, and the targeted application of principles will encourage readers to try his methods." (Publishers Weekly)
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- Kevin Kapparos
A Different Approach to Autism!!! There is HOPE!
It was very easy to understand. I found the suggested techniques refreshing as opposed to requiring a college education for implementation.
Raun. He was very animated while reading the book and telling about his personal experiences. It kept me excited to read more.
I liked that Raun came off as being very personable, understanding, and non-judge mental of child's situation in the cases he discussed.
The biggest thing that I learned was that I need to remain calm even when my child is performing behaviors that stress me out such as hitting and biting. I also learned to greatly decrease the control battles that I have with my son.
One issue that I had with my 3 year old son was getting him to put his bed clothes on when he gets out of the tub at night. It recently became his routine to jump out of the tub and run around naked for at least 15 - 20 minutes before agreeing to put on his bed clothes. One night I decided to get very animated about how fun it is to get dressed for bed. I even pretended to put his bed clothes on his sister (she is 18 months). He initially came over and put his bed clothes on because he wanted to be a part of the fun. But then he took them off about 3 minutes later while laughing out loud. I simply laughed with him and said, "Wow you are gonna get really cold running around naked. But it's ok. Let me know when you are ready to put your clothes on silly boy." He ran around for about 5 more minutes naked. Then the grabbed his clothes and rand to me and said, "I wann put my pajamas on." I was just as excited and said, "Sure thing! It's pajama time!!" He put on his clothes and happily got ready for bed. I recognized after this incident that I was making too big of a deal abou controlling exactly when he put his pajamas on. When I relinquished some of the control he almost immediately replied. I am very hopeful and excited about what is yet to come. I know my son has a bright future ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!
- R. L. Dobbs