The Son-Rise Program is an educational treatment program which includes joining children instead of going against them. The program places parents as key teachers, therapists and directors of their own programs and utilizes the home as the most nurturing environment in which to help their children. The Son-Rise Program suggests that respect and deep caring is the most important factor impacting a child's motivation to learn, and from the beginning makes love and acceptance a meaningful part of every teaching process. Employing this attitude, the first task is to create bonding and a safe environment.


The Son-Rise principles and techniques are:

  • Joining in a child's repetitive and ritualistic behaviors supplies the key to unlocking the mystery of these behaviors and facilitates eye contact, social development and the inclusion of others in play.
  • Utilizing a child's own motivation advances learning and builds the foundation for education and skill acquisition.
  • Teaching through interactive play results in effective and meaningful socialization and communication.
  • Using energy, excitement and enthusiasm engages the child and inspires a continuous love of learning and interaction.
  • Employing a nonjudgmental and optimistic attitude maximizes the child's enjoyment, attention and desire throughout the Son-Rise Program.
  • Placing the parent as the child's most important and lasting resource provides a consistent and compelling focus for training, education and inspiration.
  • Creating a safe, distraction-free work/play area facilitates the optimal environment for learning and growth.


Compared with gentle teaching

The way of making contact – entering the world / play of the child – can very well be used in the 1st dimension of gentle teaching: making contact and teaching the person to feel safe with us (see also the page on the methodology of gentle teaching).

Also the nonjudgmental and optimistic attitude and the focus creating bonding and the feeling of safety match well with gentle teaching.


An important difference with gentle teaching is that we are more intentionally in our effort to teach the other to feel safe and loved. We don’t just follow the person in his world and in what he is doing; we take the initiative to make and deepen the contact.


Another difference is the focus we also have on the third pillar of companionship: being loving towards others. This is something we deliberately try to develop in the person, because it appeals to his inner loving qualities every human being has.