Raun K. Kaufman

Raun K. Kaufman

Speaker, Writer, Teacher

As a CEO, writer and teacher at The Option Institute and the Autism Treatment Center of America™, Raun K. Kaufman works with individuals, families and groups, as well as lectures internationally on autism treatment.

In his work with people from around the world, Mr. Kaufman brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of autism treatment—his own personal history.

Complete Recovery from Autism

At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as irreversibly autistic. Though advised to institutionalize Raun, his parents, authors/ teachers Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman, instead created an innovative home-based, child-centered program in an effort to reach their son. Their work, which developed into a unique methodology now known as The Son-Rise Program®, enabled Raun to recover completely from autism—transforming him from a mute, withdrawn child with a tested I.Q. of less than 30 into an outgoing, social boy with a near-genius I.Q. Raun’s story was recounted in Barry Neil Kaufman’s best-selling book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and was also the subject of an award-winning NBC-TV movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love, which has been viewed by 300 million people worldwide.

Post Autism:

After graduating from Brown, a leading Ivy League university, with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Kaufman served as the director of an educational center for school-aged children. Now, as a Certified Son-Rise Program Teacher, he presents and lectures worldwide, teaching the very techniques and tools responsible for his own complete recovery.

Chief Executive Officer of:

The Option Institute and The Autism Treatment Center of America: The worldwide teaching center for The Son-Rise Program since 1983—a powerful, effective and totally unique treatment for children and adults challenged by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental difficulties. This educational treatment pioneered the modality of joining children in their world instead of going against them, as well as using their particular motivations as a doorway to learning (rather than forcing them to learn on someone else’s terms). As well, The Son-Rise Program is the only treatment modality that prioritizes the attitudes and emotions of the parents and child facilitators as a key factor in effectively bonding with and teaching children and adults with autism. Over the last 25 years, the Autism Treatment Center of America has worked with more than 22,000 parents and professionals from around the world.

The Autism Treatment Center of America now provides several different levels of innovative training courses for both parents and professionals. Each course teaches educational techniques and principles for designing and implementing a highly interactive, one-on-one, child-centered program.


Articles and chapters by Raun K. Kaufman have been featured in journals such as the Good Autism Practice Journal and Autism File, as well as in the books, Silver Linings and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues.

International Speaker

Mr. Kaufman, who brings a rare combination of inspiration, compassion and technical expertise, has spoken at universities and conferences, and completed lecture tours in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. His interactive lectures, designed for parents and professionals, focus on effective methods of autism treatment, including an introduction to the techniques of The Son-Rise Program—thus enabling participants to put their newly-acquired tools into practice immediately.

Raun K. Kaufman

Speaker, Writer, Teacher

“As the executive director of the Autism Foundation of New York, I hear many speakers and speeches. I found Mr. Raun K. Kaufman to be very personable and dynamic. He captured the audience’s interest and held it for the entire lecture. He is truly inspirational and very motivating. I urge everybody to take the opportunity to hear Mr. Kaufman speak whenever they can.”

—Mr. Sandy Levine, Executive Director, Autism Foundation of New York

“Raun K. Kaufman’s ability to connect with an audience is outstanding. His riveting and scholarly presentation on autism reflects compassion born from his personal experience.”

—Annabel Stehli, President, The Georgiana Institute, Inc., Author,

The Sound of a Miracle: A Child’s Triumph over Autism

“It is always a treat to hear such a dynamic and engaging speaker. Raun’s passion and hope for persons challenged with autism came through in every word he spoke. His ideas truly are focused on helping people achieve their highest potential.”

—Mark H. Yeager, Ph.D., President, TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi)

“Excellent. Raun is one of the best I’ve heard in my 26 years at NASA Goddard.”

—Claire Parkinson, Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland

“The most interesting lecture I have ever attended, even after studying ABA in Behavioural Studies and Philosophy. Raun is down to earth, humorous, intelligent and heroic. He actually managed to hold my attention for the entire 2 hours—very rare!”

—Georgina Labb, Child Facilitator, Australia

“The most exciting approach I have learned since beginning my work with children and young people with autism. Raun is an inspirational presenter with great warmth, tremendous knowledge and experience.”

—Jean Mockford, Teacher for Children with Special Needs, United Kingdom

“Raun is the most outstanding teacher I have ever encountered. Truly exceptional. Raun has such enthusiasm—it radiates from him.”

—Hilary Farmer, Dyslexia Educational Consultant, England

“Raun gives practical advice on how to improve interaction with your child regardless of their current level of functioning. He is an inspiration to parents and people who care for autistic children.”

—Karen Bowles, ABA Lovaas Tutor, United Kingdom

“Even if your child does not have autism—GO. This lecture teaches skills for ALL parents and child care workers.”

—Debbie Shah, Dyslexia Consultant, Kenya

“The only time since the diagnosis that I feel that there is a future for my son.”

—Ursula Coskin, Mother, United Kingdom

Raun K. Kaufman

Speaker, Writer, Teacher


People Magazine Good Autism Practice Journal* London Telegraph* The Autism File* Communication

(National Autistic Society magazine)* Autism/Asperger’s Digest Magazine The Star*

Sunday World* Metro* Healthy You* News Gleaner Contra Costa Times Edinburgh Evening News* Minalsa (Korean)*

Fox Magazine, Fox News Channel CAN-TV (Chicago, IL)
Richard & Judy, BBC Television* Heartbreak Hotel (Netherlands)*
BBC’s Breakfast News (UK)* London Tonight, Carlton Television*
Karel (Netherlands)* KTVU-TV, Fox (Oakland, CA)
Ireland AM, TV3* WCPX-TV (Chicago, IL)
PAX Perspectives (UK)* Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love
Inner WISDOM, Wisdom Television (NBC-TV movie based on his story)
National Public Radio KDLE-FM 105.5 (Houston, TX)
Illinois Radio Network WRMN-AM (Elgin, IL)
WMAQ-AM (Chicago, IL) WGN Radio (Chicago, IL)
WLIT-FM (Chicago, IL) BBC Manchester (UK)*
WJOB-FM (Hammond, IN) Limerick Radio (Ireland)*
KGO-AM (San Francisco, CA) 107.5 FM, Essex (UK)*
WGN-AM (Chicago, IL) WHAT 1340 (Philadelphia, PA)
BBC Wales (UK)* BBC Southampton (UK)*
KDHL-FM (Chicago, IL) WOL-AM (Washington, DC)
KLIV-AM 1590 (San Jose, CA) East Coast Radio (UK)*
KCNL-FM (San Jose, CA) WXPN (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)

Raun K. Kaufman *International Speaker, Writer, Teacher

Keynote Speeches:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center “Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Goddard, MD)

C.A.R.E. Conference: Curing Autism through Research and Education (Chicago, IL) Autism Society of America (A.S.A.) Washington State, Best of the Northwest Conference (Seattle, WA)

A.S.K. Symposiumin the Netherlands—International Symposium on Autism: Building the Bridge First Stockholm Conference of Research on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: Thinking Education

and Autism in the Future (Stockholm, Sweden) Stockholm’s Second Research Conference on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Stockholm, Sweden)

Chapter Conference (El Paso, TX)
Mississippi, Sixth Annual Mississippi Conference of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Choctaw, MS) “Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Aiken, SC) “Challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Austin, TX)

Raun K. Kaufman

Universities/Colleges: Other Presentations:
New York University Autism-related lecture tours in the United
Aston University (England) Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands and the
University of Pennsylvania United States
Boston University A.S.A. National Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
Bristol University (England) A.S.A. National “Champions and Challenges”
University of Houston Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
Queen Mary College (England) Omega Institute (Austin, TX)
St. Joseph’s College Personal development seminars and lectures
College of Marin (Houston, TX; San Francisco, CA; Boise, ID)
Glasgow University (Scotland)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dublin City University (Ireland)
State University of New York—New Paltz