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Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over The World

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This is the book that parents, professionals and educators of children with Autism have always wanted! Now imagine it’s written by an international lecturer who recovered from severe Autism himself and is now the Director of Global Education of the Autism Treatment Center of America. A step-by-step guide written with humor and inspiring stories, this book will give parents ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Kirsti Call
Mar 29, 2014 Kirsti Call rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was given a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a therapist, I find these kinds of books fascinating. This was no exception. Raun K. Kaufman's parents were told that he had an IQ of 30 and a o% chance of ever speaking. He was diagnosed with autism. Now, because of a program that his parents used with him, he exhibits no autistic fact he wrote this book!

What I liked: The book is written in a conversation style with stories about real people and h
Oct 09, 2014 David rated it liked it
Describes in great detail the methods used at a center in Massachusetts where he works, and that were developed initially by his parents in "curing" author's autism. Emphasis on autism as a social-relational disorder. Lots of positive anecdotes from their workshops and such, and most or all sounded very reasonable (setting aside a "focus room" in the home with no electronics for interactions in which the child gets to be in control, but where getting what they want (e.g., a particular toy) requi ...more
May 22, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
I'm pretty split about this book. I do like the format and I think the suggestions for how to help children with autism are spot-on. However, I was really turned off by the beginning.

The author claims to have had severe autism as a child, but "recovered" from it with the help of his parents. If he had mild autistic tendencies, I could believe that he recovered from autism, but I find it very hard to believe that someone who was severely autistic can overcome it. He claims that the methods in th
Susan Olesen
Jul 22, 2015 Susan Olesen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This came across my desk as an audiobook, so of course I had to go track down the book. Raun is the same autistic child who was the focus of the book Son-Rise in the early 70’s. And the most amazing thing about that book? Raun Kaufman is no longer autistic. Not an Asperger. Not anything but normal, thanks to the program his parents created.
And I have been a Kaufman guru since 1976, when I read Son-Rise.

Because of Son-Rise, I wanted to work with autistics, too – and I’ve been doing that for 28
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Jul 01, 2014 Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀ rated it it was amazing
When the book blurb reads, “This is the book that parents, professionals and educators of children with Autism have always wanted!” the book has a great deal to live up to and guess what, this one really does live up to the hype. I am an educator who has taught Autistic children in the regular classroom and I am a parent of a recently diagnosed child with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome (February 2014), and I can tell you based on my research and reading on the topic this book is one of the best I ha ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very interesting, insightful, and thoughtful. The author was diagnosed with autism at an early age and Son-Rise method, which is joining the child in their world, helped Raun to overcome autism. In other words, instead of stopping or punishing the behavior, join in the behavior with the child. In the book, Raun goes more in depth with this topic, which is the cornerstone of the Son-Rise method, developed by his parents. Raun talks about the fact that autism is not a behav ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Nicky rated it liked it
Shelves: differences
Don't understand why some people who work to help those families affected by autism feel the need to put down others who have different ways of working.
The ideas and methods detailed in this book include reducing overstimulating sensory inputs, intense one on one work, listening, responding to child initiated interaction, rewarding(verbally) good efforts and responding with mild dumbness to incomplete responses. These are all good, and likely to be helpful for many children. Many of these are a
Jerry Hillyer
Apr 28, 2014 Jerry Hillyer rated it really liked it
[I apologize the links are not present. If you wish to follow the links, visit the original post at my blog: http://specialeducationteacher.typepa...]

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 f
Tracy Collier
Jan 28, 2015 Tracy Collier rated it it was amazing
I "read" this via audio book but it took a short time to get into the author's voice and speech pattern. I am so glad I did! By the time I was a couple of chapters in, I was so excited to learn techniques and strategies for my son. Plus there is a whole lot of encouragement for the parents. I am going to buy this book but I'm thinking about buying the audio version as well. It was that good!
Danielle Christopher
I found the words 'recovery' too insulting. My daughter isn't diseased nor needs a cure. Having said that, not one kid is the same on the spectrum. There are many ways to help behaviors and developmental delays. We used ABA for the past few years. It has done wonders for my girl. Not all ABA is the same. Parents need to do their research.
Sep 04, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Still debating on the science and methodology, but it is a positive, uplifting read. It is important to note that it ends with what it feels is the most important element to any Autism therapy and that is a positive attitude. I do wish it would have started with it. The attitude is often the most difficult part of facing the diagnosis of an Autistic child. This therapy, the Son-Rise program, has worked for several individuals, but it does not work for everyone. It specifically states early on, t ...more
May 30, 2015 Onionboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This guy is an amazing writer. I mean this as a compliment when I say that I feel he could sell me anything. I know that is usually said of sleazy salesmen, but in this case I say that because the author knows that what he has got is the real thing and it really works better than the alternatives, and he can explain that in a simple, clear way. He makes it logical and obvious. It makes me want to read more by this author.

I read this because I have son who was recently diagnosed with Asperger's.
Sunny Polito
Aug 06, 2014 Sunny Polito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought Autism Breakthrough for our OT. She told me at my son Campbell's last appointment that, because she was reading Autism Breakthrough, she intentionally let Campbell guide their session, and she had a great response from him. When he started making funky clicking noises with his mouth in the middle of their session, instead of encouraging him to stop so they could continue, she completely switched gears, dropped her agenda, joined him in clicking and they became 'clocks' - which he loved! ...more
May 16, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
My brother has autism. Ever since we've started this program it's only been helping him. I really love how Kaufman writes in a simple easy to understand way. Anyone can write something in a convoluted complicated manner but only the greats can simplify (without too much over simplifying.) He describes everything really brother to a tee! It's clear Kaufman knows what he's talking about. He's an absolute inspiration. Anyone with a child, sibling or family member with autism should buy th ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Leeann rated it really liked it

Before I review the book, a caveat:

I was thrilled to see a book written by Raun Kaufman. He doesn't know it, but his story changed the trajectory of my life 25+ years ago. I was in my bedroom, watching my black and white tv, when a movie came on that left me captivated, intrigued and with the absolute knowledge that I had just witnessed what I was meant to do with my life.. to work with autistic children. From that moment until I had my own children a number of years later, I read everything I c
Apr 23, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book, written for an audience of parents with a kid on the spectrum, was very informative and readable. It was packed full of solid advice and encouragement that is probably a beacon of hope to many, and probably a source of good help. All the advice made sense to me considering what I already know about autism, and I will definitely recommend it to interested parents - with the disclaimer that I'm not a doctor, of course!
Jan 31, 2016 Merilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I haven't yet tried the techniques this book describes.

This is a practical book on how to help your child with autism. Yes, it it just one of many philosophies but intuitively it feels right. Yes, my son has aspergers and so some of these tips don't really apply but it's worth a shot, right? What have you or I got to lose? In my opinion, nothing. Will it cure autistic children? I don't know. But I do know that this book is very well written and is hopeful and optimistic. We, as speci
Mimi Lala
Apr 03, 2014 Mimi Lala rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I like to read books that provide ideas on how I can work with my son. It was an easy read. It provided a lot of good information. I read it in a couple of hours.

Reading books like this one help me to not lose hope that my son WILL get better.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who deals with an autistic child; parent, teacher, therapist, etc.
Nancy Mike
May 10, 2015 Nancy Mike rated it it was ok
This book has some useful strategies that parents can use with their kids with autism. However, I think that this book tries to market for Son-Rise Model, and tries to say that this model is the cure for autism!. The book kinda gives parents some false hopes. And definitely represents ABA therapy as not effective, which is not accurate by any means..!
May 22, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is the must-have book for anyone who knows someone with Autism. It will give you an understanding of the disorder and a way to communicate with someone who has it. As a mother of an 8 year old son diagnosed with ASD, I found this to be an extremely helpful book. Thank you to the author for this easy-to-read, easy-to-understand engaging book!!
Aug 04, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, health, autism
As someone who was trained in ABA prior to having children of my own, this was definitely a perspective-changer. It has also given me some things to consider when it comes to seeing him my son engage during his therapies. I'm going to have to mull this one over a little further before properly reviewing it.
Haitham Arshid
Kind of interesting, but not so scientific.
Apr 23, 2015 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 14, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
This book was not really what I was looking for although I did get a few good ideas from it.
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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 Auti ...more
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