Raun Kaufman
Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America

Former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America™ Raun K. Kaufman has spent the last 15 years conducting lectures and seminars worldwide.  His fast-paced, humorous, and inspirational style keeps audiences highly engaged. Raun also brings his unique history to his talks. As a child, he was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization.  Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program®, which enabled their son to completely recover from his autism with no trace of his former condition.


His story was recounted in the best-selling book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and the award-winning NBC-TV movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.  Now an international speaker, author, teacher, and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun has completed multi-city lecture tours in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Portugal as well as keynoting a wide range of conferences and symposia.  He has been interviewed by media such as National Public Radio, BBC Television, Fox News Channel, The London Telegraph, and People Magazine.  He speaks (sometimes lecturing, other times facilitating interactive workshops) on a wide range of subjects, including interpersonal communication, overcoming adversity, dating and relationships, the far-reaching impact of our beliefs, strategies for achieving sustained happiness and emotional well-being, overcoming fear, public speaking, outside-the-box ways to view and treat autism and other developmental disorders, and general motivational speeches on the virtues of being unrealistic. He is currently serving as the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America.


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Autism BreakthroughThe Groundbreaking Method that has Helped Families All Over the World
St. Martin’s Press

In Autism Breakthrough, Raun presents the ground-breaking principles behind the program that helped him, and so many other families with special children.

Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorders With humor and inspiration, Raun K. Kaufman recounts his own story of complete recovery from severe autism and outlines some crucial yet often-overlooked aspects of autism and its treatment. His lecture focuses on some innovative, outside-the-box techniques you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.

Breakthrough Communication With humor and probing insight, Raun K. Kaufman uncovers simple strategies to achieve consistent communication breakthroughs with your co-workers, friends, or significant others.

The Advantages of Being Unrealistic: Overcoming Challenges and Achieving the Impossible With humor and inspiration, Raun K. Kaufman recounts his own story of complete recovery from severe autism and shows how anyone, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, can stay motivated, defy limitations, and achieve the most far-reaching goals.

Believolution: How Changing Your Hidden Beliefs Changes Everything Raun uncovers the limiting beliefs we hold and explains how altering some of these can dramatically diminish recurring ineffective behaviors, ongoing work and relationship challenges, and emotions of unhappiness such as grief, anger, and fear.

“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.”
-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)

“I was spellbound. He is so funny, and truly amazing. He has something so special within. I love the way he cares about people. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem enough to say. “
-Carol Burdon, Mother, Cornwall, England

“Raun Kaufman is an unbelievable human being. The lecture was absolutely fantastic. A life and truly attitude-changing experience.”
-Natalie Jackson, Nurse and Child Facilitator, Maitland, Australia

“His understanding of people seems almost beyond belief.”
-Vashti Bond, Neurophysiology Technician, England