Description: The Son-Rise Program was developed and trademarked by Barry and Samahria Lyte Kaufman decades ago. The program offers training sessions to parents and others on how to implement home-based programs for children with a wide range of disabilities. The program is based upon the Kaufmans' own personal theories of learning and development. A central principle of the Son-Rise program is that parents must convey an attitude of “total acceptance” of their child including all of his/her behaviors. The training that the Kaufmans offer places emphasis not on the child’s skills, or behaviors, or challenges, but more on the parents and caregivers.
Research Summary: There have been no scientific studies of Son-Rise for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Recommendations: Researchers may wish to conduct studies with strong scientific designs to evaluate Son-Rise. Professionals should present Son-Rise as untested and encourage families who are considering this intervention to evaluate it carefully.