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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250041112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250041111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"An innovative, alternative approach to creating a child-centered environment that directly empowers parents and caregivers." --Kirkus

"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" –Library Journal

"Reading Autism Breakthrough brought chills to my body and tears of joy to my soul. This book must be read by every parent of a child with autism who wants a step-by-step plan to reach and transform their child. I was there in person when Raun K. Kaufman's miraculous story began. His full recovery from severe autism -- through The Son-Rise Program that his parents developed to reach him -- changed my life and the life of my daughter, who showed all the signs of early stage autism. Today she thrives because I knew exactly what to do: ignore all of the dire predictions and immerse her in precisely the principles and techniques described in Autism Breakthrough. I couldn’t recommend this book more enthusiastically - not only for those who love a child or adult with challenges, but for all parents and professionals. This book turns the all-powerful principle of unconditional love into a practical blueprint that anyone can follow." ---Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Power of Intention and thirty other books

"I learned more about my daughter by reading this book than I have through all of the others I've read over the 11 years since her diagnosis. If you’re a parent of a child with Autism, this book truly is a must-read. With case studies, step-by-step instructions and an accompanying website, it’s an invaluable resource that may prompt you to rethink what - and how - your child can best learn and progress to meet their full potential. No matter how old your child is, Autism Breakthrough can help you to connect with them in ways you may have never thought possible." --Wendy Fournier, President, National Autism Association (NAA)

"Raun K. Kaufman's book, Autism Breakthrough, is an amazing resource to help you right here and right now to make a huge difference in your child's progress. His super easy-to-digest guidance on using the techniques of The Son-Rise Program is a game-changer. Given the program's record of success, the Autism Hope Alliance has funded families to take Son-Rise Program courses at the Autism Treatment Center of America. If you are the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, Autism Breakthrough will give you a whole new way to help your child and take away that nagging fear that so many of us parents feel. My own son is the beneficiary of the principles explained in Autism Breakthrough. I gave birth to my son, but The Son-Rise Program gave him life." --Kristin Selby Gonzalez, President, Autism Hope Alliance (AHA)

"I am a physician who treats thousands of children and adults with all types of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from mild cases to those that are that are very severe. My own son is also living with autism. I highly recommend Raun Kaufman’s new book Autism Breakthrough to all parents, to family members, and to practitioners of persons on the autism spectrum. It combines the scientifically validated therapies of The Son-Rise Program with an easy-to-read approach that makes it very informative and highly useful to everyone. I frequently refer our patients to The Son-Rise Program, and I have seen the objective improvements in my patients with my own eyes. It has also helped my own son and our family tremendously. Autism Breakthrough will help you make huge impact in the lives of persons of all ages with ASD’s, and it will provide great benefit and comfort to the families and to practitioners." --Phillip C. DeMio, M.D., Executive Director, American Medical Autism Board, & Chief Medical Officer, US Autism & Asperger Association


"If you are the parent of an child on the autism spectrum, Autism Breakthrough by Raun K. Kaufman was written just for you. It describes a fantastic treatment method – The Son-Rise Program – for families dealing with the challenges of autism. In my practice of psychiatry in a teaching hospital over several decades, I have never been introduced to a set of clinical principles as powerful, elegant and effective. The outcomes are truly stunning: children make concrete and sweeping progress, often far outstripping their original prognosis, and parents overcome feelings of devastation and learn to accept, enjoy, and meaningfully help their children. With humor and caring, Kaufman answers the question "What do I need to do to create a wonderful relationship with my child?" Autism Breakthrough not only provides the reader with clear techniques and documents amazing clinical outcomes, it is a testament to the impact of hope, love and acceptance in our lives! I personally see applications of the principles in all clinical endeavors."--Ted McCarthy, M.D., Former Chief of Psychiatry, Mercy Hospital

"With Autism Breakthrough, Raun K. Kaufman has done what few else in the field of autism treatment today would dream of doing. He has empowered parents to take charge again, given them real hope for positive change, and armed them with specific tools and techniques to make those hopes a reality for their children.  Our children are not ‘stuck’ with neurological problems. Autism is not hard-wired. I know this as fact, for my own son fully recovered from autism to become the president of his 6th grade class today (in a regular, mainstream school) thanks to my family’s adoption of the very principles of The Son-Rise Program that Raun explains in Autism Breakthrough. As a medical professional, I know that medicine today offers little to these children other than a dismal prognosis. It doesn’t have to be that way! Not only do many children completely recover using this program, but whole families change and grow and thrive." --Wendy Edwards, M.D., Pediatrician, B.Sc.N., F.R.C. P. (C).

"Insightful, personal, and accessible. A hopeful message and one which only a person that has looked through the eyes of an autistic child could offer.  Autism Breakthrough is a must read for all parents of special children, its depth will touch you, and practical advice will empower you to join your child on their journey toward achieving their unique and limitless potential." --Alex Doman, Author of Healing at the Speed of Sound, Founder & CEO Advanced Brain Technologies, creators of The Listening Program

"Autism Breakthrough truly breaks through the ‘autism is a life-long condition’ paradigm and shifts hopelessness to hope. As occupational therapists and international lecturers, we will be highly recommending this wonderful "user-friendly" resource with all the principles, strategies, and techniques needed to support children and adults with social-relational challenges. A must-read, not only for parents but for all teachers, therapists, and staff who support those on the autism spectrum!" --MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger, Creators of Alert Program, Authors of Alert Program books, games and trainings

About the Author

Raun K. Kaufman, international lecturer and Director of Global Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America, has a unique history. As a child, Raun was diagnosed with severe Autism. His parents developed The Son-Rise Program®, which enabled Raun to completely recover from his Autism with no trace of his former condition. His story was recounted in the book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and the NBC-TV movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love. A graduate of the Ivy League's Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun has written articles featured in a host of journals and books and has been interviewed by media such as National Public Radio, BBC Television, Fox News Channel, and People Magazine. 

More About the Author

As a boy, Raun K. 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 the Ivy League's Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the Autism community. Raun K. Kaufman is now
Director of Global Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America™.

So what happened?

Thanks to The Son-Rise Program®, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from Autism. In "Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over The World", 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 like to be autistic, and shows how and why The Son-Rise Program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. And Kaufman 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.

It's a book that opens totally new doors and shows how to join children in their own unique worlds instead of demanding that they join ours, which makes it possible for these special children to defy their original often-very-limited prognoses. This is the must-want book for all parents, family members, educators, psychiatrists,psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, special education teachers, pediatricians,Son-Rise Program volunteers, and people with an interest in Autism Spectrum disorders.

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This book is written for an easy, understanding read.
Steph
This book will help you to understand your child and deal with your child to make them come out of their world.
Mr. A R
This book is a must read for anyone who knows of an autistic child.
Stan I Cohen

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Teri L. Hoben on April 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have to tell you, I've read many autism help books. Researched many websites. Nothing compares to the insight Raun Kaufman gives in this book. I am a mother to a 5 year old boy, Lincoln. We have been on this autism journey since he was 1 1/2, although he was officially diagnosed ASD a month before he turned 4. He has been in speech therapy since the age of 1 1/2, early childhood special education since 3. He started occupational therapy at 4, as well as ABA. He started out with no communication other than screaming/tantruming/meltdowns. He threw things, bit, hit, kicked, you name it. He loved lining his toys up, had poor eye contact and rarely responded to his name. Picky food choices and extremely sensitive to crowds. We've come a long way since the beginning. He has a much broader vocabulary and is even speaking in 3-4 word sentences at times. The tantrums went from 3-4 a day to 3-4 a week. He still is aggressive, but tries his best to control it and not hurt others. Most of this is thanks to the hard work his therapists put in. And honestly, the hard work, I, his mother have put in.

When we began ABA, I thought of it as the answer to all of our worries. Potty training, aggression, eating new food, the works. At first, it seemed that way. They got him to curb his aggression down by prompting him to use words instead. Their primary focus was academic goals, such as cutting, writing & learning to read. ABA teaches our children how to follow directions. I have watched it 3 days a week for 4 hours a day for the last 6 months. Lincoln, go get your coat. Lincoln, share your toy. Lincoln, write an L. All important, but what is he learning? Not how to share a toy, or why he should share it. Because playing with others is fun. No, he is learning how to comply.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kim on April 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
WOW! Every parent, every professional, and every single person out there who loves someone diagnosed with Autism- must read this book! Creating relationships with our children on the Autism Spectrum no longer has to be a struggle... FINALLY there is something out there talking about what Autism REALLY is, and how to address our children's greatest challenges... their ability to be social and form relationships. So excited to put all these techniques into action!

Ps. Throughout the book Raun is profound in his insights, funny, down to earth, and always talks from the heart... Once you pick up the book you won't be able to put it down!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Hillyer, II on April 28, 2014
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Title: Autism Breakthrough

Author: Raun K Kaufman

Publisher: St Martin's Press

Year: 204

Pages: 341 (e-book)

Autism Treatment Center of America

Autism Breakthrough: Additional Content

Autism Treatment Center of America: Facebook

The Son-Rise Program: Blog

[I am required by FCC law to inform you that I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I hope you feel better now.]

According to the Facts about Autism page at Autism Speaks, autism affects nearly 1 in 68 children on earth. Here are some additional stats:

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
There is no medical detection or cure for autism

These are startling statistics and should awaken anyone who reads them to the fact that Autism is a serious medical condition that desperately needs to be addressed from the highest levels of authority to the lowest, in churches, synagogues and mosques, and in nuclear and extended families. To put a fine point on this: as someone who works with students who have an autism spectrum disorder, I welcome research, interventions, and ideas from any place I can get them.

These statistics are even more startling when the field is narrowed to the 1 in 42 boys and boys are 5 times more likely than girls to have autism. It seems as though every day there is a new statistic appearing in the news about autism.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stan I Cohen on April 6, 2014
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This book is a must read for anyone who knows of an autistic child. Not only providing the amazing principles for success, having the insights from a man who began his life as autistic, brings a totally new level of hope and optimism towards solving this growing problem for families throughout the world.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sofia T on April 2, 2014
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This is a wonderful book and a must have resource for parents of a child on the spectrum. It's positive, easy to read and gives us real tools to help our children right now. It will help you create a stronger relationship with your child and better understand him or her. Your child will LOVE what you will learn in this book too!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Alison Taylor on April 1, 2014
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This book totally gets to the heart of the matter of autism. This book gives tools and techniques to start right away working with my child. What I love most about it is the nature of the method is so loving and respectful of my child. I first and foremost want to be my child's mummy and this book shows how to create that relationship. I want my child to have friends, I want my child to say I love you - this book is the roadmap to get there.
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