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Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

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.

Geographic areas served: Global

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I completed the SonRise program at the Option Institute. The facilitators and leaders are truly extraordinary and giving such a gift to many parents who are in need of support. I would recommend this program for any parents who have a child on the spectrum.

1 SonRiseforSophia

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently attended the Sonrise Start Up Program at the Options Institute of America October 6th - 11th 2019. Our one daughter is severely autistic , non verbal and has a rare genetic mutation KMT2C. I did not know where to turn for help as it seemed nothing was really working for Sophia, I became discouraged ,resigned and had lost hope. And then, true to it's name, SonRise, I was able to attend this amazing program, to which there is no program comparable...it is second to none. I found my hope again, a new perspective, a new attitude and a new set of lenses to look through. This program was a game changer and I am not looking back. I am ever so grateful to have attended .

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was at the couples course at the Option Institute and it has transformed my relationship with my wife in ways I cannot describe in writing.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Elena C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I just returned home from the Couple's Course. We had an AMAZING experience there. The amount of love and acceptance is priceless and we were able to learn and employ tools to enhance our relationship. The course offered us very practical and hands on strategies to make love last and to increase happiness, authenticity, connection, and love between us and the many other couples in the class. We practiced "happy negotiations" and being able to ask freely and openly for what we want from our partners and listen to what is important to them in return. The staff and teachers were wonderfully supportive, present and loving. Never once did we feel judged or guided as we were able to navigate and design the relationship most important to us as individuals. I think everyone should take this class!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has a very special member, Favi, diagnosed with HF Autism. Favi was highly verbal but wouldnt adreess his speach to anyone, he pointed and cried and made noises. Did not make eye contact, either.

Last year, I found the book Autism Breakthrough by Ron Kauffman and applied most of it right away. Within days my son was making eye contact and speaking to us, a couple of months later, he walked up to me and said "I love you", I cried for days!!! Tearing up with the memory as I scribe it here...

Mh husband and I fidured, if we have gotten so far with only with the book, how would we do if we went for the full program!!!?? And so we did!!!

This program is amazing and offers all the nuts and bolts a parent needs to help us reach into our child's world.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to participate and have met so many other parents who traveled days by plane and car from Europe, Emirates and all over the USA to be there and the best part to know it will be worth it!!!

So many of us are seeing the improvement because it is immediate!!

What my hubby and I learned is also helping with our relationship with our older son, Ravel, he's not in the spectrum but what we were taught goes beyond the disorder.

Forever greatful,
Reina and Pavel
The happiest parents in the world!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Option is a safe place to explore your beliefs and how those beliefs affect your happiness. The staff is very skillful in what they do but more importantly, they challenge with love and acceptance. We are all responsible for our own happiness. If you have a desire to explore yourself fully, this is the place for you.
Theresa
DOBBS Ferry, New York

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son (now 5 yrs old) was diagnosed with autism in September 2018, and I attended the Son Rise Start-Up program in June 2019. I was searching for a way to approach my child's challenges with love and to respect his dignity as a person.

The program exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere at the Autism Treatment Center of America (ATCA) is one of loving support, without judgment. All of the teachers have many years of experience working directly with children with autism, are lively and passionate about what they do, and provide a tremendous amount of practical skills and strategies as well as encouragement and support. I also really appreciated the opportunity to get to know the other course attendees (parents/grandparents/aunts/teachers). It was the first time since my son's diagnosis that I felt like I was surrounded by people that really understood my life and with whom I felt comfortable being completely open and honest about my hopes and fears.

We have been doing a Son Rise program now with my son for just over 30 days and he is already making so much progress! He went from only saying about 5 words before Son Rise to over 30 words now. "Mommy" and "Daddy" are two of his new words that we have been waiting such a long time to hear! He is also making much more eye contact and is seeking our attention far more often than before. He even waved goodbye for the first time this week and has learned to blow bubbles and play a harmonica. These may seem like little things, but to us they are amazing!

There is ongoing support available through Son Rise teacher consultations. I did one of these a few weeks ago and got helpful answers to many specific questions about things my son was doing in our playroom as we got started with our program. There are also active Facebook groups for both the in-person and online programs (my husband is doing the online program now so we are part of both groups). The Facebook groups allow for encouragement/advice from other parents as well as Son Rise teachers from the ATCA who regularly give feedback there.

Bottom line - I would highly recommend the in-person Son Rise Start Up program if you have a child with autism. Son Rise has given our family so much joy and hope, and in just one short month has helped us to really begin to know our beautiful son and learn what it really means to love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Option Institute Learning &Training Center is a wonderful place to be . It not only gave me strength and hope to work with my 6years old autistic son but it has taught me to appreciate everything I have . The staff and the teachers are extremely kind and knowledgeable. I hope I’ll return there for some other Programs in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful to Option/Sonrise because with their teachings I have been able to recover my son from autism! He's not just out of autism, he is a thriving and happy 14 year old who is mature for his age. Just last night his Sunday School teacher who doesn't know he once had autism told me that he is a great kid who has a "good head on his shoulders."

Now that my son is better, I'm going to the non-autism Option classes to continue building my happiness and ability to make this world a better place.

Whether you have a child with autism (or something related) or you just want to be a happier person, I highly recommend Option!

PaddyRao

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just came back from an advanced Sonrise Program called ' New Frontiers'. This was my third trip to Option institute-Sonrise program. Every time I attend, I feel like, I have peeled off a layer of negative beliefs and gotten close to the CORE(new set of positive beliefs). This program has empowered and equipped me with tools and techniques that I can use effectively and confidently in my Sonrise program / playroom (for my kiddo with Autism -12yrs old). All sessions are incredible, made me think, ponder and reason in deeper level. Amazing teachers. Every session had its own importance, there is so much to learn and grow. Beautiful and picturesque campus. Friendly and helpful staff members. I am glad, thankful and grateful I have taken this amazing program.
Thanks,
Paddy Rao
Dallas, TX

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hi All, I just came back from option institute, attended incredible program called 'Maximum impact Sonrise Program' This is an advanced program (I attended for my Son with Autism{11yrs}, working on his healing with Sonrise and Biomedical interventions). This is a great program helped me to get clarity on my Life's Purpose and be Non Judgmental with people, my sonrise program and so on. Felt loved by everyone!.
Bears, Samahria, Bryn, Kate and other teachers just poured their knowledge and expertise. I feel empowered, confident and see myself succeeding in taking our Sonrise program to next level . And I met wonderful fellow participants. I am looking forward to attend more programs. Thanks Paddy Rao, Dallas-TX

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Option Institute founded by the Kauffman Family is, indeed, a beam of light in a scientific world that still is dominated by medicines, non-efficient rehabilitation approaches, therapeutic segregation, and professionals that consider themselves

Son T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Option Institute is the home of Son-Rise. Son-Rise is a program for families to create a home program for Autistic people of any age. I attended Maximum Impact this April. Wow! This program changed me, my family, and my son's life. I learned how to take care of me through a process called dialogue and how to love more deeply. Upon my return home, my family was already different because of the changes I had made. My son began playing with me in our Son-Rise room for more than 50 minutes at a time because of what I learned at the Maximum Impact program. This never happened before. I waited 11 years to play with my boy. The Option Institute taught me the tools to make this happen. They have taught me the tools to be a better person and more loving spouse. This non-profit is amazing and have the tools to heal people no matter the circumstance. I'd recommend it to anyone in a second (I already do, actually). I recommend it to anyone with extra coins to donate. The money will be put to good use to serve families and individuals to share tools that translate to more love and kindness for the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just returned from the graduate program, Wide Awake. I continue to return because taking courses at The Option Institute and Fellowship is a little like taking music lessons. You can learn the basics in one lesson but if you want to perfect your art you go back as often as you can! I have benefited greatly from these classes. In fact if I set out to do anything - I know I will achieve it because I can be persistent and never give up, no need to get frustrated with my progress because I've learned how to stay centered and focused. I love the teachers, my fellow students and everything I've learned! And the food is outstanding! I'm signed up for two more courses this year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending programs at the Option Institute since 1994. You may ask yourself, why if something works do you NEED to go back again and again! I don't NEED to go back I go back to gain more insight, to become a better person. The graduate level course, Wide Awake, is such an amazing course. You are with other participants that have also invested a significant amount of time learning to a be bigger and better version of themselves. You are challenged and loved every day by so many. We talk about the language we use and how we show up in our lives! These people are friends that know every part of me and I know I never have to shy away! It's a little like playing a musical instrument, you can learn the basics in one lesson but if you want to become amazing you go back again and again for lessons - you go home and practice and come back again for another lesson! You never cease learning! It's the best!

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mjchurch

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending programs at the Option Institute since 1997 and making donations ever since. They have given me concrete, proven tools to make the most out of my relationships - both personal and professional. They also do amazing work with special needs children through their Son Rise Autism Treatment Center that has given many families renewed hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been attending classes at Option since 1997. They have helped me find my way through a wide variety of life situations -- being molested as a child, a divorce and a second marriage (which is still going strong!) as well as the myriad challenges that come with working in a family business. Now I return every year to work on becoming the best version of myself. I'd highly recommend Option to anyone.

Cindy Penman R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the people at the Autism Treatment Center of America, home of The Son-Rise Program(R).

My husband and I just returned from an advanced training class, Maximum Impact, after completing the Start-Up class a few years ago. The staff is consistently loving and supportive; these people know you, keep in touch with you, and genuinely care about your family and want to help you grow in order to help your child to thrive. Not only do they provide a loving, supportive and welcoming environment, but they train you to be fully equipped to help your child. The way they have designed the training classes - weeklong retreats in a serene environment - nurtures not only your soul (what autism mama doesn't need that?!), but also your marriage (if you attend with your spouse) as well as your need for true community. They are weaving a beautiful web in the autism community.

Along with in-person training, there is an online program option which is fantastic. That being said, there is nothing like being on campus. After just one week, you will leave with friends and allies from all over the world, 35 hours of training, and every resource you need. This all adds up to give you the confidence that you can, indeed, help your child.

We have done many different therapies over the last nine years with our autistic twin boys including ABA, biomedical, speech, OT, feeding therapy, sensory integration, and there is absolutely nothing that compares to The Son-Rise Program. Even the few therapies we continue - special diets and some supplement - are only enhanced when you approach them with the Son-Rise Program attitude. We've been joyfully running a Son-Rise program for over four years and it is not just a therapy we do; it's a way we live. Love is at the center. Attitude and acceptance is the focus. Hope is the message. The teachers at the ATC have taught my husband and myself a wonderful way to develop true relationships with our children, meeting them where they are at.

Bears and Samaria Kaufman and their precious family - especially Raun and Bryn - and the other wonderful staff members have dedicated their lives to helping families who have a child with autism. The teachers have been teaching for not months, but decades. They have worked with hundreds (if not thousands) of children. Their passion and dedication shines through and has blessed our family immensely.

If you are looking for help with your autistic child, call the Autism Treatment Center of America...today. Find a way to get there. They offer scholarships and will help advise you on fundraising. If you are looking for a worthy non-profit affiliated with autism, please, look no further. This is the one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the sonrise startup programme and found the whole experience to be very enlightening. Your beliefs that have been holding you back are challenged in a non judgemental way. You are provided with a very detailed and practical set of skills that will help implement a programme. This programme aims to help your childs development and also help you live a happier life with a better outlook on things. The material is delivered by some excellent teachers who are full of enthusiasm and experience. The whole thing has been a breath of fresh air and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THEY KNOW AUTISTIC KIDS! I am a professional who works with kids who have special needs. Attending this beautiful, peaceful campus with parents and professionals who love kids with autism has been refreshing. We have learned very real ways to love on "our kids" in a way they will understand. Learning ways to encourage "our kids" to connect with us has been amazing. Option Institute trainers have taught us how much our attitudes and thinking are key to our happiness and the happiness of the kids we work with. THIS IS A PLACE OF REAL HOPE, NOT FALSE HOPE.

1 ulrichxs

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Option Institute is amazing in what they teach. Every single teacher is a model for what they stand for and for wat they teach. To believe you create your own happiness and own unhappiness.I have never experienced more committed people!! Love them all!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I took Empower Yourself,;my first course at Option. At the outset, I was skeptical that it would help me as I was quite depressed. However, the week's training made a big difference. I now have a much more positive attitude to life. I hope to go back for other courses.

AHara

Client Served

Rating: 5

On the stunningly beautiful campus in the Berkshire Mountains, you’ll spend an amazing week, uncovering and challenging your self-limiting beliefs. You’ll come home empowered, equipped with a new set of beliefs that work for you. All the teachers are outstanding. They sincerely want the best for you. They’ll go the extra mile to help you along your journey. I met some life-long friends while attending the courses. Over the last 10 years, the Option Institute has become my second home.

1 Magdalena M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended Happiness Gps and Empower Yourself Programs at the Option Institute just few days ago. It was the greates time for me and I know my wants and desires are so much clearer. I found the answers that I have been looking for a long time. As an autism parent with many challenges on my way I am more aware about my attitude and choices that I make everyday.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the happiness gps weekend and left with the tools to be able to choose happiness. I feel lighter and more in touch with my beliefs that cause misery so I can change that. I met a lot of real and genuine participants and learned from them too. The food was spectacular and met an array of dietary needs. Well worth the long travel to arrive and the costs involved. Love love loved my stay at option institute.

Toby K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I seat four people around a table and place a beach ball in the center. Then ask each what color do they see? Would hear four colors. Because people don’t see life as it is, rather as they are. There the methods are taught how to see people as they are, what they see vs how you see yourself.
No advice because it is your view and not what they see. Help others to see themselves and replace old ineffective with the new productive self!
Worth every second. And the staff, lodging and OMG the “FOOD”!
Oh, a tax deduction too.
No need to look any further...promise!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at the Option Institute shattered with grief on the inside, a thin veneer of composure on the outside. During the course, Personal Peace, I learned to set traumatic circumstances into the broader context of my journey of self-discovery. I learned to find calm amidst chaos, wisdom amidst confusion, trust amidst the unpredictable events of the world today. Symbolic of my shift in thinking, and all the more miraculous because it was so obviously physical, I healed a persistent case of asthma during the workshop and have had no further symptoms. To say that I am breathing easier now is a vast understatement! I am so grateful!
Wendy Musk (Teacher, Newtown, CT)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just returned from yet another great learning program, this time I had my son who has autism with me. We both learned so many ways to improve our lives, and I see him growing in ways I wasn't sure possible as few years ago.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The training at the Autism Treatment Center of America and Option Institute continues to provide excellent training for me and my family to improve our ability to handle difficult life situations and improve relationships with each other, friends, and co-workers. One of the BEST decisions in my life to get help here, and recommend it to anyone struggling with any of life's challenges.

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1 Marc A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We came across the Son-rise program and the Autism Treatment Center of America in a moment of despair, when we could not find effective options to treat our autistic child in our country. This is THE place we could find in the world in which profound respect towards our son in the spectrum and effective treatment came together.
We don't consider anymore our time working together as "therapy" for him, but rather as a platform to grow together as a family and as individuals. The Son-Rise approach has completely changed our perspective about autism and we now able to feel grateful for having such a beautiful growth opportunity in our son.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently attended the Autism Treatment Center of America at the Option Institute. I cannot recommend their services enough. I found in them people who talk and treat people with autism as truly special and with a level of respect and dignity I had not seen elsewhere in the two years since my son's diagnosis. This has offered my family much needed support. They also offered us extremely helpful and powerful techniques which we are implementing to help him. I had been using biomedical treatment and diet to help but I had not found a therapy treatment that really encompassed how I felt about my child and/or seemed effective especially in connecting with him which is the most important thing to us. They truly are a blessing.

Garnett C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had read Autism Breakthrough by Raun Kaufman and was intriguiged by the intuitive approach to raising children on the spectrum to help them recover and become social relational children, adolescents, and/or adults .

The program was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it for any parent with a child on the autism spectrum.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For seven years my wife and I have struggled trying to find the answers to our questions related to our son’s autism. No matter who we saw, therapist, doctor or “specialist” we were left confused and unable to properly help our child. But the Sonrise program at the Option Institute has changed that. From day one they answer the questions that we had been wanting to answer for many years and not only we have a more profound understanding of autism, but we also as parents are well prepared to help him at home. This program is focus on training parents so that they can help their kids create and strong bond with them and use their motivation to teach them well, not just train to respond to treats or rewards like an animal or robot.This makes perfect sense since its the parents who know well the child and spent most of the time interacting with him/her. The people at the Autism Treatment Center of America are so caring, kind and understanding and most of all, non-judgemental. They really want to help. They also have and incredible amount of experince, which is very comforting since we as parents tend to see our circunstances as “unique” or “different” from every other parent with a child on the spectrum, which could be very discouraging. I love this place and recomended if you are truly trying to help your child in the most loving way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This awesome nonprofit organization has an awesome team of staff. Always smiling and made me feel like I am home. The food was prepared by a very diligent and genius chef. The rooms are up to par, clean and nice smelling sheets and towels.
The autism program of this great organization has far exceeded my expectations. The teachers/facilitators are all equally knowledgeable. Consistency is the name of the game of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Option Institute and Fellowship program held in June 2018. It was inspirational, transformative and insightful. In many ways, it has helped to change my perspective about people who are different and special. Never realized how gifted these children are and what abundance of joy they bring to the world!!! The instructors were awesome, friendly, nice and knowledgable. Met with the visionary Barry Kaufman. Amazing person!!!!!. Thanks Option Institute for making a difference in the world. Best regards Okey Ikpe

Abigail L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend the Option Institute highly enough. I've been taking personal development programs there for years and I always learn so much about myself, bring home many tools to use in daily life, and have a blast, to boot. Every teacher is just as amazing as the next - loving, insightful, fun, and dynamic. For anyone who would like to lead a happier life - from general malaise to serious issues - this is the place to go. You will learn to love and accept yourself and others, and move through the world with ease.

Wendy87

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started attending the Option Institute in 2003 - when my husband and I went to a SonRise Start Up program in order to learn to assist our child with autism. It was life changing - not only for our son who just soared after we learned how to help him - but also for us. We came away happier, more confident in ourselves as experts about our boy and ready to take on the world. Then he got better.....so we went back. We took a Parenting course, a Couples course (being offered again in 2019 - Yahoo!!), and many more. In fact I have just returned from a week long stay that I believe was the 27th course I have taken at the Option Institute. Going to this heaven on earth is a gift I give myself regularly now. Each time I am there I learn more and more about myself. I learn how to take responsibility for my life, my issues and stop blaming others. I am NOT a victim to what happens to me. What happens to me in EVERY sense of the word is an opportunity I can use to grow and reach the stars. I love this place. I love the teachers and the people I meet there who are all striving to live better lives - no matter what their circumstances. And I love who I am now. Remember Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? There's no place like home? Maybe - for some that is true. For me, I will shout it from the highest mountain - THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE THE OPTION INSTITUTE. Go - feel it for yourself. You will NOT regret it!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a doctor who works with children and families dealing with autism and other difficult situations. I am also the parent of a child now recovered from autism. The Option Institute and the Autism Treatment Center of America (part of the Option Institute) is largely responsible for that. I came to learn about how to interact with my son - in 2003. It was life changing not only because he responded to my "new way" of living and interacting with him, but also because I learned how very in control of my life and my happiness I was - no matter what was happening to me. I continue to attend adult programs at the Option Institute now and it is the greatest gift I could ever give myself. To work with teachers and peers who also want to live happy lives, no matter what life throws at us - what a joy. I have never before found a place that offers me tools like this - to cope and thrive in the face of anything. I will forever be grateful I found this place. Best money I could ever spend - giving back to the Option Institute.

Angela Z.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just arrived home from again an incredible week at the Option Institute and Fellowship. The course Wide Awake is such an amazing course to attend. With the other participants we explore and learn to become a bigger and better version of ourselves. With more love and understanding for ourselves and the loved ones around us. We share our most inner thoughts and feelings in this save enviroment, and by the encouragement and love we're getting I know I can develop myself more and more into the person I want to be. Loving and steady.
I come back every year to attend so that I can keep myself growing, cause I'm never to old to learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings and most sincere thanks from the Republic of Ireland!

I have recently returned home to Ireland from the U.S., having attended the Son-Rise Program Start-Up programme which in just 5 days has offered such a wonderful sense of hope to our family. I feel so privileged that it was possible for me to attend and experience this very special opportunity of making life so much better and more meaningful for our son - and for us too.

I attended because our 26 year old son Brandon has autism and I know that since arriving back I am already doing things differently since returning from the course. Now, as a family, we are all ready, together, to help Brandon.

I am attaching a photo of Brandon, the very special young man who was the subject of the most wonderful help I received by attending the Options Institute. From the bottom of our hearts, I thank these dear people so very much.

May they all be blessed for making such a difference.

Yours most sincerely,

David Bradley

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you want to experience an organization that walks the talk this is the organization to experience. They do their very best to model the principles they invite everyone to adopt. Acceptance, kindness, integrity and commitment are all things that the Option Institute takes action on and implements. I had the best week of my life learning how to be more effective as a human being. I also learned how to discover what I want and to head right for it. The guidance offered at the Option Institute is unmatched to anything I've ever experienced before. There are no ill side effects to learning at the Option Institute.

Natsi D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arrived home a different mum .My son is so amazed and loves the new me .I initially went to the institute to see if I could learn how to help others ,Little did I know I needed healing first. I love the new happy, empowered mum I have become .I have no doubt my son will recover. Thank you Bears ,I will always remember your words ."I will find a way "

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Son Rise Program has helped us to deal with our 18 years old autistic daughter who at that moment, even she was prescribed with Risperdal, was very self injured, had tantrums, cried every day and night and the worst of all, she couldn't sleep at night. After 4 years working with this program she barely cries or has tantrums, on the contrary, her understanding of language and following instruction had increased enormously, words and sometimes 3 words sentences come out easily, her flexibility has grown incredibly, can sleep much better and above all, her connection-relashionship with us and the volunteers who are helping us in this journey has became more friendly and spontaneous. Not to mention that as her mother, I am also in my journey of personal growth. Each adult program I've taken at the Institute has helped me to understand better myself, and in doing that I founded myself always in the position to decide what I wanted for my life. The programs present always tools we can use in order to make changes easier and with confidence. I believe this journey will never end and if there is one thing I can say with confidence is, that at this moment I am much happier in all the areas of my life than when I started to do this program for my daughter. For me and my family the Option Institute is heaven in the earth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending the Son Rise Program has really been a life changing experience for me and my family. Our little girl is a happy, loving, 7 year old Who enjoys the most important part of life, being able to conect with pleople, have friends and socialize after beginning the Son Rise way. We are so Thank ful! !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer 14 years ago, and have loved the experience ever since. .The little boy I started with is fully recovered now and is doing great. The reason why I do what I do is because I fell in love with their techniques and teachings I apply the Son Rise Principles to my area of work (special needs and learning disabilities) every single day. It has been a life changing program and have seen great changes in all the children.

Vanessa Flores S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The son_rise program are helping my family and I to get our little boy back to us! We are now able to see his smile again, he is talking, and interacting more with us.
Autism is a hard condition for the families around it. The option institute helped me to learn how to deal with autism in a beautiful way, and it has been working wonderfully for my family.
Last week I heard from my husband that I have been given lots of lessons for him in how to be a better person, just looking how I'm acting in a different way at home. (he wasn't with me in the course).
I was able to attended this course because of supporters, I got a fellowship!
Thank you all for showing the way to get happiness in my home again!
Thank you, supportes, to donate and help us!!
With hope, love and happiness,
Vanessa and Theo from Brazil!!

1 AuntPatty

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Option Institute has changed my niece and families life. They offer The SonRise Program for children with autism and other developmental delays. I have attended three SonRise Classes. The classes have given me incredible tools, to be the best volunteer in my nieces SonRise Program. I have met all of the Educators and most of the staff/volunteers and they are all incredible people. My nieces progress has been amazing over the past year. She now looks at us, interacts with us and talks. Donating to this nonprofit would help children and families all over the world that cannot afford the program on their own.

Kelsey V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Option Institute has helped me to completely change the way I look at the world around me and the events that happen to me. I went from a fear-based, alway-worrying person to an empowered, loving person; this has totally transformed my personal life, my relationship with my partner, and my work relationships.

Client Served

Rating: 5



What a wonderful and transformational week I have had at The Option institute, Massachusetts . It felt like I was in a heaven and all the staff/teachers on the campus were angels caring for us, loving us, comforting us, honouring us and helping us discover the power of love and faith.

It was indeed a life changing experience for me to attend the start up program. It made me discover a new me who was lost somewhere within me. I have come back much happier, empowered and confident. As soon as I found out about son-rise program, It appealed to my heart and I knew this is exactly what I needed to be the mum, I always wanted to be.

My children are madly in love with the new nurturing mother that I have become. They are already flourishing. Words can never express the gratitude I feel for those who developed this program, taught it and made it possible for me to attend it.

Thank you Son-rise team for helping me discover my potential and see my children's potential.

God bless you all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Son Rise Program last week and am truly thankful for this wonderful opportunity of learning how to interact with my daughter who has autism. I went throught some sort of transformation in viewing myself as a parent in helping my child reach her greatest potential leading to recovery. After excellent informative inspirational sessions with Raun, Bryn, Samatria and Bears and others I started to believe much more in my significant role as mother in helping my child. What a great place to start with!
Thank you so much all the wonderful people in the Autism Treatment Center of America!
I would like to attend more programs with you and to implement my work with my child as per the Son Rise program :)
Many blessings
G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two weeks ago, I attended the Autism Treatment Center of America's Son-Rise Start Up Program, designed to help children with autism. (Same campus and organization as the Option Institute in Sheffield, MA, U.S.A.)
This is the THANK YOU letter I just sent them:

Dear Son-Rise Team:

I’m welling up with tears and I haven’t even really begun writing yet! I just want to say thank you. I attended your Son-Rise Start Up training Oct 9-14, 2016. What you have given me is so precious; you have given me hope. You have given me permission to forgive myself for the times I felt I wasn’t a good enough parent. I now remind myself that I was doing the best I could with what I knew and that we all are doing this, all the time. Your lessons have sunk in deeply and they will stay with me.

What a beautiful campus you have. I like to think of it as my “happy place”. But what makes it beautiful really is the experience of being with all of you. The unconditional love and acceptance is palpable. In that classroom, you gave us a place where we could be ourselves; where we could cry over our past disappointments and fears and you didn’t turn away from our tears – which so impressed me. You stayed with us and talked it through so that those emotions and thoughts that had been buried for quite some time were coaxed to the surface and came up and out; they left us. We were released from those past hurts.

I love you all for the work you do, for what you teach, and for how you show up in the world.
I am so very grateful for scholarship I have received. I couldn’t have known it when I registered for the Son-Rise Start Up training but what you have given me is truly priceless.

You have lifted my spirit. Before this training I had been struggling with anxiety and depression. It’s pretty difficult to do all you want to do for your child when you’re battling to get through the day. I have a new outlook, new hope, new motivation; I’ve got the 3E’s, baby, and I ain’t afraid to use ‘em!

This new me is able to show up for my son, for myself, for my partner, for all whom I come into contact with.

Please know that you are doing amazing work and that we are so very grateful for all you do. We look forward to starting our Son-Rise Program (we’re putting up shelves in the playroom!). Today I was talking to our first “volunteer”, our son’s babysitter, and I was so enthusiastic telling her about what I’d learned. She welled up with tears when she looked at the photos in your book, Son-Rise The Miracle Continues, as I told her about how the first Son-Rise program came to be. It’s the love that moves people. These are the ripples in the water that you’ve set in motion. They grow and grow.

Thank you from the deepest place inside. God bless you all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The other day I was in the car with my teenage daughter listening to a tune on the radio and the singer sang out, "He broke my heart." I said to my daughter, "There's no way he could break her heart -- she broke her own heart." My daughter said, "Yeah, mom! I know that Option stuff is so right." Yes, that's what I've learned. I'm not a victim. I have a choice. I can break my heart if I want to OR maybe I can decide that he's not really worth it and I want something different in my life. For us, as a family, The Option Institute has given each person in our family the language to be responsible for they way they are feeling. No blame game here! Thank you! We are having so much more fun! Change your thoughts, change your life -- Option helps all the way!

Tahrir A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended The Son-Rise Program Start-Up at USA, in April 2016 after reading an amazing book called “Autism Breakthrough” for Raun K. Kaufman, the Director of Global Education and former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America. He was recovered from autism by The Son-Rise Program which was established by his parents, Barry and Samahria Kaufman.

I went there with many questions and worries about my autistic daughter and returned back optimistic and free of worries. The journey changed my life and my family as well.

They taught us how to face our inner thoughts, get rid of fears and how to be optimistic and full of energy and happiness.

We met the co-founder of the program Barry and Samahria, it was an emotional moment to meet the parents who tested and lived the same story of us, who rescued their kid successfully in 1970s, Barry told us that there is no problem to be unrealistic; we are parents who know and feel what is the right for our kid. Samahria told us “we have to hug our problems and say ok!”  

We also met wonderful educators, who taught us how to understand the autistic kids, to know the appropriate time to teach them, to teach them by 3E’s (energy, excitement and enthusiasm) and how to apply the ABC.

Raun told us that the acceptance and love make us as a magnet in the social relationship. Kate told us that we have to work hard with our kids, we want to catch the moon. Kem and Becky taught us how to make our kids fall in love with human so they will love to speak.

I returned back to my family full of hope, I don’t know what is the future, we all don’t know what is the future, but we can start making our presence more fun and more beautiful.

Be happy, your kid will be happy because they feel and they are sensitive for our feelings and thoughts. Finally, it seems that our kids are reflections for our thoughts.

    

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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').

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sweetmullumsy

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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. :)

1 Amree G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organisation is doing such amazing work. Our son was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, and after doing mountains of research and trying dozens of therapies and practices we found the Option Institute and their Son Rise program. It has not only helped our son to develop at a rate we could not have dreamed of, but has opened our hearts and minds to happiness, acceptance and determination. Every single person here, from the cleaners to the founders, are simply amazing, beautiful people who are excited to share these amazing tools for a happier existence. My wife and I have been here twice, and we simply cannot wait to go back and learn more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Option Institute is like no other place I've ever been. In beautiful tranquil surroundings, the courses are highly professional & life-changing. I have been struggling with anxiety all my adult life, particularly in social settings. After a week's course I had totally changed my beliefs about myself. I can truly say that at the age of 59 I have learned how to be myself, how to be happy & how to be with other people without judging myself! I shall be back next March to learn more about 'Power Dialogues' - the Option Institute's wonderful method of mentoring/counselling, in which each person is seen as their own best expert. It is based on a series of simple questions by which the 'explorer' is helped to unearth the beliefs that cause them difficulties in their life.
Kathy Grant (Family Physician & Contraception Dr. UK)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place, it's courses are life changing, for yourself and your loved ones, my sons with autism have benefited from the son rise program and the teachings I learned there more than any other thing. I am eternally grateful and recommend their classes to anyone looking for happiness options!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my opinion Son-rise program (SRP) is the best autism treatment approach ever because of its simplicity and clarity. SRP is strongly linked with attitude evolved from Option process. Both SRP and Option are tough at Option Institute by highly skilled, devoted teachers. I have attended all 3 courses for SRP and found them really helpful, joyful, challenging, mind stretching experiences. They brought me higher, changed my life and life of my family. I recommend SRP to all parents, volunteers and experts who purposely want to help children and adults challenged by autism.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having received an autism diagnoses of our 4 year old Daniel we didn't know what way to turn we were offered very little meaningful help until we found the options institute - we have attend several courses there and have been armed with wonderful techniques to help our son and our family I will be forever grateful for this support !!!

Allison48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now attended two programs at the Option Institute and Fellowship, the Start-Up and Maximum
Impact to help my son with Autism. Both times have been rewarding and enriching experiences. Not
only did I learn how to work with my son in a loving anda accepting manner, I've learned how to be
more focused on my priorities for the program I'm running. I've been challenged as i've taken
steps out of my comfort zone, like how to be most effective in the playroom with my son and also
as the teamleader for my son's program. And the other parents I've met, many from different
countries, have been an inspiration to me as I've heard their stories or the daring actions they've taken
to help their children to reach their fullest potential. And best of all, I've already sen some encouraging
results, such as increased eye contact, saying more words, and some imaginative play. And I recieved
scholarships both times to come because they want to help you come to get the help you need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went here to attend one of the Son Rise Autism Treatment. I was amazed at how simple the program is, and how my son's behavior (he has high functioning autism) had changed overnight due to these techniques. The staff was unbelievably helpful and supportive, and I can honestly say that the experience has changed my life! Thank you, Option Institute!