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The Son-Rise Program®

In-Person Start-Up

Surfers Paradise, Australia 


Wednesday 8th July-

Sunday 12th July 2020

Come and experience five amazing days away from the routine of everyday life in the company of other parents who share similar situations learning everything you need to know to begin your own home-based Son-Rise Program®.

The Son-Rise Program Start-Up is a 5-day group training program for parents, volunteers, relatives and professionals looking to facilitate meaningful progress in their children (ages 18 months through 60 years) challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and other related developmental difficulties.

Exciting, inspiring and diverse presentations by seasoned and dedicated teachers, will deliver to you the autism strategies, expertise, motivation and knowledge honed through years of working with thousands of families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


At the end of this course, you will have all the tools necessary to design and implement your own home-based Son-Rise Program, as well as the skills and attitude to support your child’s growth in all areas of learning, communication, development and skill acquisition.


The Son-Rise Program® In-Person Start-Up is designed to help those with children of any age, from 18 months through 60 years, with a wide range of developmental difficulties, most commonly Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.


  • Experience an accelerated fast-track program that gives you months of information in 5 days! Participate in carefully-crafted interactive experiences designed to enable you to truly understand how to implement The Son-Rise Program® techniques, leaving you with a deep confidence, strength, hope, and sense of optimism.

  • Question and answer sessions that specifically address and offer solutions to the wide array of questions, concerns and real-life issues that parents deal with on a daily basis, such as eating issues, sleep problems, potty training, dietary intervention, and dealing with hitting, yelling, and other challenging behaviours.

  • Bond with other parents (and educators) walking the same path as you. Many course attendees make lifelong friends during the in-person course.

  • Build a supportive community that can serve as a valuable support network for you throughout your journey with your child. After attending The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, parents often share that they no longer feel alone and isolated. Instead, they feel connected and supported, often for the first time.

  • Get direct, engaged interaction and inspiration from our dynamic, caring, motivating, and deeply knowledgeable teachers, who have spent thousands of hours working directly with children on the spectrum. (Any experience you’ve had with your child… we've probably encountered it fifty times!)

  • Take time away from your hectic and busy life to decompress on the beautiful Gold Coast.

  • Be surrounded by incredibly supportive staff who totally believe in your child (and you) - a dramatic departure from what you might be used to!

  • Enjoy a beautiful complimentary lunch for delegates in the Mantra Legends Hotel while you make new friends and take a breath of fresh air on the beach during your generous 1.5 hour lunch recess.


Helping your child relate to others

No matter what level of development your child is at, this program can help you to connect deeply with your child and to build meaningful social interaction. We will give you the autism resources you need to generate within your child a sincere delight in human interaction so that your child initiates communication and interaction. You will learn how to help your child move beyond repetitive “stimming” behaviors without fighting these behaviors (it's easier than you might think). We will give you strategies for increasing eye contact, a pivotal step for learning and interaction. We believe that your child is capable of sincere affection and expressions of joy and caring, and we will show you how to encourage this on an ongoing basis.

Motivating and teaching your child

Every child has a right to be educated by someone who believes in him or her. Every parent wants their child to be able to say what he wants, express love and take care of himself. We believe with certainty that your child can learn if he is highly motivated. In this program, you will learn how to find your child's motivations and interests. You will learn how to turn these into dynamic, customized learning experiences so that your child can learn and acquire the skills necessary for success in school and in life—from using the toilet or increasing attention span to reading a book or cooperating with others.

Speech and language development

Regardless of whether your child is using language or not, there are ways we can help you to help your child increase his/her communication skills. You'll learn to implement functional strategies for increasing verbal communication that will help your child interact, make requests and express himself. Whether your “child” is 3 or 23, we do not believe it is ever “too late” for your child to learn to communicate.

Creating an optimal learning environment

Your child is capable of great learning in an environment that is comfortable, safe and free from over-stimulation. In this program, we'll show you how to construct an ideal educational environment. We can help you find and filter out nearly all of the most common distractions, many of which you may not even realize are affecting your child's learning. Also, you will learn how to eliminate the push-pull control battles that inhibit useful interactions. We'll show you how to use this special learning environment to maximize your child's development and participation while making your life easier and less chaotic.

Decisive and useful handling of challenging behaviours

Every parent and teacher struggles with certain things that their child does. We will teach you how to help your child to find different behaviours and more useful ways of communicating. In addition, you will learn practical techniques for preventing these behaviours before they happen. This makes day-to-day life a lot easier—for you and your child.

Attitudinal training and empowerment

For many, having a child with developmental difficulties and running a program to help him/her can feel very challenging. However, we believe that you are the most important force in your child's life. That makes taking care of you—and helping you take care of yourself—a major priority for us. You will have specialized, ongoing instruction in an attitude that feels peaceful, nonjudgmental, optimistic and hopeful. We will inspire you to overcome obstacles that may sometimes feel insurmountable. You will have opportunities to talk through your concerns and find answers. Whether it is stress management or time management, we can help you to care for yourself so that you can best care for your child.



Since 1983 the Autism Treatment Center of America has worked with children and young adults diagnosed with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. We have seen that The Son-Rise Program® principles and techniques have a profound impact on these children.


With this in mind, our Son-Rise Program® Start-Up includes special ‘breakout’ sessions around language, goal setting and social skill development. If your child has received either of these diagnoses we will address:

- Encouraging communication outside of their main area of interest (ie Does your child only talk about one favourite topic? Is your child only interested in asking specific questions with a desire to receive a specific answer?)

- Expanding areas of interest (i.e. Does your child only want to play only one game or activity? Do you find it challenging to inspire your child to participate in new activities or interact with new people?)

- Enhancing friendship skills (Does your child do well in math or academics but lacks the ability to create friendships with peers? Does your child speak or behave in a unique way that inhibits their ability to create relationships with others?)


These topics and more will be covered throughout our program.

Too often, children and young people with these specific diagnoses fall through the cracks as they are ‘too challenged’ to be seen as typical or ‘too advanced’ to receive the type of help/guidance they need. We want to help you and your child get the direction and answers you are looking for so you can:

- Create a warm, playful rapport and connection between you and your child, and with other family members, friends and teachers


- Build your child’s communication, language, social interaction and enjoyment of people

- Increase your child’s motivation and co-operation


- Utilize effective autism teaching techniques to enable your child to achieve specific educational goals

- Be the most effective facilitator and/or program director that you can be by creating and sustaining an attitude of hope and optimism, believing that autism recovery is a possibility, staying focused and inspired, and taking care of yourself

- Adopt a nonjudgmental and optimistic attitude towards your child


- Become an effective resource for your child


- Overcome everyday challenges




Director of Global Education for

the Autism Treatment Center of America®

Author of Autism Breakthrough


Degree in Biomedical Ethics, Brown University


Advisory Board Member, United States Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA)


Certified Son-Rise Program® Teacher and Teacher Trainer


Director of Global Outreach

Certified Son-Rise Program
® Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Author of Autistic Logistics


Thanks to a significant one-off donation by a generous Australian, this Son-Rise Program® Start-Up is a very Specially Priced Event, allowing you to save over $1,000 per ticket, regardless of the ticket category you buy. 

As you click through the registration process, please read the ticket options carefully to ensure you take advantage of the best prices available to you, your family and friends.

We believe that building a supportive community around our children is exceptionally helpful to them  :)

We therefore invite - and strongly encourage - you to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD and Additional Ticket discounts and ask supportive friends or family members to attend the Son-Rise Program® Start-Up with you to learn the techniques and help you maximise the value of what you learn so as to further help your child. 

Single Ticket - EARLY BIRD*                $700

Additional Tickets - EARLY BIRD*                $550

Single Ticket                                              $900

Additional Tickets                                              $800

EARLY BIRD* tickets are available until midnight on 30th April 2020

Please note that Love Learning Events is working closely with the Autism Treatment Center of America®, to bring you the Son-Rise Program® Start-Up. Please be aware that by registering, you are agreeing to have your details shared with The Autism Treatment Center of America® so that they can continue to support you and help meet your educational needs after the Son-Rise Program® events in Australia in 2020.

Please click here to view their Privacy Policy.




Enjoy delicious complimentary lunch each day as part of the program on site at the beautiful Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise.

Day 1 - Wednesday 8th July

8:30-10:00                  Registration

10:00-1:00                  Class

1-2.30pm                    Lunch break

2:30-4:30                    Class


Day 2 - Thursday 9th July

9am-11:00                  Class

11:00-11:30                Morning Tea

11:30-1:00                  Class

1:00-2:30                    Lunch break

2:30-4:30                    Class

4:30-4:50                    Break

4:50-5:50                    Class


Day 3 - Friday 10th July

9am-11:00                  Class

11:00-11:30                Morning Tea

11:30-1:00                   Class

1:00-2.30                     Lunch break

2:30-4:30                     Class

4:30-5:30                     Book signing


Day 4 - Saturday 11th July

9:00-11:00                  Class

11:00-11:30                Morning Tea

11:30-1:00                  Class

1:00-2.30pm              Lunch break

2:30pm-4:45pm        Class


Day 5 - Sunday 12th July

9:00-11:00                  Class

11:00-11:30                Morning Tea

11:30-12:30                Class

12:00-1:00                  Closing talk


Love Learning Events is excited to partner with Mantra Legends Surfers Paradise,
Gold Coast, QLD
for the Son-Rise Program 5-Day Start-Up.




Mantra Legends are excited to host our Son-Rise Program event and are offering our delegates a very special discounted rate, subject to room availability. See below for rates and further details on this special deal.

 Deluxe Twin Room (2 x Double Beds)
 Deluxe Studio Room (1 x King Bed)

 $120.00 per room per night – Accommodation Only
 $140.00 per room per night – Inclusive of full breakfast for one person
 $160.00 per room per night – Inclusive of full breakfast for two people
(Accommodation based on single, double or twin share occupancy)
*The option to upgrade the room to an Ocean View for an additional $35.00 per night or
to a Spa Suite for an additional $80.00 per night.


To secure your room, please call Mantra directly on 07 5588 7888

Mantra Legends staff will handle all Son-Rise Program delegate bookings directly over the phone between the following hours:

Mon – Fri      08.30am – 05.00pm



Please advise them that you are attending the Son-Rise Start-Up Conference in July 2020 to secure the above room rates.

*ALL ROOMS ARE SUBJECT TO HOTEL AVAILABILITY AT TIME OF BOOKING so please book at your earliest convenience to take advantage of this offer!!

Please take action and REGISTER NOW to secure your place!

Mark it on your calendar, bring your family and support team and please,



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