Autism Recovery Case Sparks Hope

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Newly-Named Director of Autism Treatment Center of America offers Hope and Help to Families as a Person Fully Recovered from Autism

Parents of autistic children around the world face daily prognoses of hopelessness. Recent media stories highlight this: In April this year, Alison Davies, 40, leapt to her death from the Humber Bridge in northern England, taking her 12-year-old autistic son, Ryan, with her. In the U.S., Karen McCarron, 37, killed her three-year-old autistic daughter, Katherine, by placing a plastic bag over her head and then tried to overdose on over-the-counter medication a day later. She faces two charges of first-degree murder.

Every day around the world, parents like these are told that their children will never speak, attend a typical school, make friends, or even learn to dress themselves. Raun K. Kaufman tells parents something very different. He offers hope, help, and a concrete blueprint to reach “unreachable” children.

At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as irreversibly autistic. His parents, authors/teachers Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, developed a unique methodology called The Son-Rise Program®. This program enabled Raun to fully recover from his autism. He was transformed from a mute, withdrawn child with a tested I.Q. of less than 30 into an outgoing, social boy with a near-genius I.Q. (His recovery was documented in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and a television movie viewed by over 300 million people worldwide.)

Raun, an international lecturer and autism treatment specialist, was recently named the Director of the Autism Treatment Center of America, a non-profit organization that has worked with more the 22,000 parents, children, and professionals from around the world.

Autism rates in the UK have exploded in recent years, with statistics showing that this once-rare disorder (1 in 10,000) now occurs in as many as 1 in 100 children. According to the National Autistic Society, it is estimated that over half a million people have autism in the UK, with more than 2 million people affected by the disorder.

Mr. Kaufman explains why, under The Son-Rise Program, so many children have made such remarkable progress. “Rather than forcing these children to conform to a world that they don’t yet understand, we take the unique step of joining them in their autistic world first. With this starting point, the program has pioneered a new way of working with children,” says Mr. Kaufman. In fact, the program has made such breakthroughs that the Caudwell Charity has chosen to fund this treatment for hundreds of UK children. The Caudwell Charity is the premier UK philanthropic organization founded by John Caudwell, the Chairman and Chief Executive of The Caudwell Group of companies and Phones 4 U.

Autism treatment specialist Raun K. Kaufman is currently on a 10-city free public lecture tour across the UK and Ireland this September entitled: Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The specific strategies he will address have been shown to have an immediate impact on children with Autism, PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related developmental challenges. Parents and professionals will learn how to help their children, for the first time, to begin to cross the bridge from their world to ours.

To interview Raun K. Kaufman in person or by telephone or for more information:

Contact:Tracy at the Autism Treatment Center of America

413-229-2100 ext 200

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