Son Rise: The Miracle Continues

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H J Kramer, Mar 10, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 372 pages
In 1979, the classic bestseller Son Rise was made into an award-winning NBC television special, which has been viewed by 300 million people worldwide. Now, Son Rise: The Miracle Continues presents not only the expanded and updated journal of Barry and Samahria Kaufman's successful effort to reach their "unreachable" child but goes beyond to include a sensitive portrayal of how that singular event has become a worldwide phenomenon. When their son Raun was a year old, he began to withdraw from human contact. Diagnosed as autistic, Raun tested with an I.Q. of under 30. Experts offered no hope and advised institutionalizing him. Barry and Samahria refused to accept this prognosis. For several years they worked with Raun in a program of their own design, based on unconditional love and acceptance. By age three and a half, Raun was functioning above his age level — a bright and curious little person. The story of the Kaufmans' experience to this point makes up Part I of Son Rise: The Miracle Continues. Part II continues Raun's story and describes the intervening years as the Kaufmans offered hope and healing to thousands of families with special-needs children. At age twenty, Raun attended a top university, and displayed a near-genius I.Q. Today, he shows no trace of his former condition. Part III of the book highlights the moving stories of five families who, guided by the Kaufmans and the Son-Rise Program, have created "rebirths" for their own special children.

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Follow-up to a best-selling account of one child's development from a diagnosis of autism and the subsequent use of the Son-Rise program to reach other "unreachable" children. Read full review

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Whether you have a child with autism or not this book and the principles behind it will change your life. My family and I chose to follow in the footsteps of the Kaufman's, learning from them and creating our own SonRise playroom and program for our son who had asperger's syndrome. The things we learnt and continue to learn from the Kaufman's experience have not only enriched our lives but our beautiful son is now happy and well again. In May, 2011 The SonRise program was voted "Best Autism Therapy" at the AutismOne conference in Chicago, USA. An honour well deserved. 

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Birth of a Miracle
The Pilgrimage Begins
Embracing an Alien Universe
Living in a Self Designed Ecstasy
Reaching Out to a Circle of Friends
Rauns Choice
A Symphony Without Notes
8 Words Like Water
The Miracle Continues
Sharing the Vision
In Tribute to Lauras Love
RuthieFree at Last
Ryans Ride Into the Sun
Danny and the Bathtub to Heaven
JustinThe Opportunity of a Lifetime

MomenttoMoment Mastery
10 Loving Life
The Years That Followed
Raurfs Life Continues to Blossom
Our Family as Raun Nears Twenty
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Barry Neil Kaufman is the author of Son Rise and No Regrets and the founder of The Option Institute, an internationally recognized learning center. His other books include Happiness is a Choice and To Love Is to Be Happy With. The institute founded by Barry and his wife teaches self-acceptance and empowerment. He lives in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

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