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Option Institute and Fellowship

Rating: 4.86 stars   35 reviews 642

Address:

2080 S Undermountain Rd Sheffield MA 01257 USA

Mission:

THE OPTION INSTITUTE International Learning and Training Center The mission of The Option Institute Learning and Training Center is to help individuals and families from around the globe live happier, more successful lives by: [The Learning Center] 1. Presenting cutting-edge, personal-growth workshops that invite our clients to, challenge limitations, find their passion and claim their power in their personal and professional lives through The Option Process®. 2. Providing innovative training programs to parents and professionals caring for children challenged by Autism and related developmental difficulties by implementing The Son-Rise Program®, a highly effective, child-centered method. [The Training Center] 3. Training and certifying individuals to become Option Process® Mentor – Counselors, Group Facilitators, and Son-Rise Program Child Facilitators and Teachers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son with autism has grown so much since I have attended the Autism Treatment Center of America which is part of the Option Institute. They train you to help your child based on motivation instead of rewards and with love and enthusiasm. In In 4 months, my child went from 0 to 40 words. Now 2 months later I have lost track. They help you help them to engage and to love to interact. This is what will move our children forward. And it really works!

The lessons in attitude are critical as well not only for your child with autism to progress but for you and everyone in your life. My whole family dynamic has changed for the better and I finally have a real path to peace and contentment with our current challenges. If you are looking for awe-inspiring hope and a detailed path to move forward, this is the place!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Hi my name is jan, I am a single mam of an autistic boy he is seven , I won a scholarship to the option institute and I attended this dec , this was the start up Sonrise program , this program has changed my life and my Sons life , I now look on my son as a blessing and love everything about him , since I'm home I have applied what I've learned and as a result in three days my son is going to sleep by himself and through the night , I am changeling my sons hours to part time in school . This Sonrise programme is very natural , and feels right every step of the way , it changes your view of autism and how to get the best from your child . For us it has been life changing and this is only the beginning of out journey , I would recommend this program for every child with autism , I am also a qualified special needs assistant and I have done a lot of training but nothing comes close to this program , I highly recommend this .

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I recently took one of their week long programs and went there with an open mind prepared to feel uplifted and empowered. I found that like most cults and alternative therapies, they offer something that vulnerable people are missing in their lives and offer a solution to your problem that conventional therapies seem unable to offer. They also claim to cure autism or in their words "recover". Not all their teachings were useless, they promote a vaguely harmless philosophy of self reflection and the naive attitude of not having to take responsibility of face the consequences if you don't want to. If you want to do something, do it, and to hell with what other people think. If your kid died yesterday and you decide to get over it in 24 hours, you can do that if you just believe it (this literally was an example they gave)! Many of the people in attendance had been to many programs before (maybe if you've been to 20+ programs at Option, it's time to try a different solution...doesn't really speak to the practical success of their teachings), so be prepared to have a small group of returning customers seeking attention and approval, knowing the answers and eager and happy to tell you what those are. They have mastered the art of self-promotion. I would say you could decide for yourself, but I would not recommend anyone go here. Their process seems to involve breaking you down, building you back up and throwing in lots of subtle and overt fundraising tactics. They incorporate fundraising in to their classes to maximise attendance, and when only one person said they wanted to attend the optional session to find out more about other programs they offer, they then proceeded to question why no one else wanted to go, until more people caved and said they would go. They have established their own language and practice behaviour modification which is especially evident in those returning customers who are eager to enforce those rules and tell you if you aren't conforming. Their co-founders are revered and that attitude is positively encouraged by other members of staff. I came away, not angry, but disappointed. I went in feeling positive and confident in myself and came away feeling very sad that they are taking advantage of people desperately looking for answers (and selling the idea of the 'quick fix').

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Option Institute has been such a blessing in my life - I have gone from living with sadness to living my life with strength, hope, and self trust. The one week courses are amazing opportunities for personal healing & growth. I've changed my life at the Option Institute, and I am so grateful.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Option Institute has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Having come through the doorway of the SonRise program I continue to be so grateful for what I learn during the adult programs. The techniques and perspectives I have learnt are so powerful that no matter what other self development tools I come across and may consider using, nothing matches the Option Dialogue Process for effectiveness, ease, intellectual stimulation and being so widely applicable to any life situation, past or present.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experiences at the Option Institute and Autism Treatment Centre of America began as a parent, learning about the exceptional SonRise Program. Our experiences using the SonRise Program Principles continue to change our lives for the better for us and our children. I love the content of the courses at the Institute - and the passionate, professional and exuberant way it is taught is like nothing I have witnessed anywhere ever. These people are exceptional and I plan to continue to visit, learn and be inspired by the teachers and other participants at the Option Institute. I have learnt skills I can use every moment to be a better parent, a more comfortable person and to see things from different perspectives and really think, understand and create life as I want it. :)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been doing programmes with the Option Institute for 16 years, and the consequences for my life have been beyond my wildest dreams. Family relationships which once seemed troubled and dysfunctional are now full of ease, joy and fun. Issues I used to have with depression are now a distant memory. With every programme I take I simply get happier and happier, from having the opportunity and tools to resolve issues with which I have struggled for many years. And I see the same thing happening in the lives of so many other people. They are truly an exceptional organisation with a unique philosophy and an ethos of excellence, and I have a profound gratitude for everything they teach.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

An absolute magnificent place - `the philosophy taught at the Option Institute - the Option Process - can heal those who wish to make change in their lives. I believe it can be useful for all those seeking greater happiness. It certainly has made a great impact in my life after just one week. Can't wait to return!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is amazing! They have been helping people choose happiness for over 30 years. You won't find more passionate and effective teachers anywhere. Without a doubt, the classes I have taken at The Option Institute have enabled me to change my life if profound ways. I am happier than I have ever been and have nothing but gratitude for The Option Institute!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A place to learn how to be calm and effective in the 21st century.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Option Institute and Autism Treatment Center of America have been vital to our son's progressing recovery from autism and to our own mental health as his parents as we have moved through this journey. What an amazing place, so focused on helping people with significant challenges using judgment-free attitudes and proven techniques delivered through intensive training that is immediately applicable. Above and beyond expectations!!!

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

My son was diagnosed with severe Autism PDD-Nos when he was 4. We tried many other approaches with him and although he made some progress during those 8-9 years his communication skills did not improve much. We discovered Son Rise in 2009 and have been doing this ever since because the focus on social skills (specifically eye contact, communications, interactive attention span, and flexibility). My son is now 17 and high functioning!!! He is on his way to even more improvement in his social communications, but's its really amazing to have 'typical' conversations with him NOW that I thought I may never have.

We spent thousands and thousands of dollars over many years of his treatments, and the Son Rise program is significantly less expensive and significantly more effective. I would recommend it every day to those families looking for real answers to autism treatment.

This is all thanks to the Son Rise Program and the wonderful Kaufman family. We have also attended a few of the adult classes. These are equally as impactful for our family as they focus on getting to the root cause of the issues, and not on medications to cover up symptoms.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get more publicity for Son Rise programs. This is the most effective treatment out there, and focused on social communications unlike most other therapies.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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