How to find solid ground in a time of global change

March 22, 24, 25, 29, 31st & April 1st | Live Session Times 12pm – 2:30pm EST (UTC -5)

You can do this… One step at a time

For many of us, if we scan what is happening right now in the world and in our lives, being scared seems like a sensible and reasonable response. Why? There’s a global pandemic. People are getting sick, and people are dying. Economic instability continues to escalate. Political and civil unrest has resulted in violence against government institutions. Social and racial inequality and injustice remains unresolved.

So what does this mean for each of us individually and for those we love? The future is now unpredictable and we might be asking “Can I ever feel safe again?” Right now, even in the midst of the current events, it’s still possible to find solid ground, we’ll show you how, one step at a time. You’re knee-jerk reaction to such a statement might be disbelief… but actually we believe creating solid ground is still very much possible in the midst of so much chaos.

We are taught to use fear from a very early age and carry that fear with us as we grow older, even magnifying it as we encounter more experiences in our lives. “I’m afraid I won’t be able to protect my family,” “I worry about my children’s education, health and safety” (Yes, worry is a form of fear.), “I’m scared because I lost my job…or I could lose my job and maybe even my home,” “I’m afraid to get sick,” “OH MY GOSH, and what would happen to everyone I love if I die?” And the list goes on…

So… how do you create SOLID GROUND for yourself?

What if you were able to look at your fears, understand them, and replace them with a network of principles that allow you to stand tall in the face of challenges? Imagine if you were able to ask yourself “How will this strengthen me?” instead of “How will this hurt me?”… GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN!!!

In this high-impact, in-depth Option Institute E-Learning Training Course

You will gain a completely new, very powerful understanding of fear so that you can dismantle it…
even if your circumstances don’t change.

Here are the new perspectives and new tools you will learn and acquire in Option Institute’s Fearless:

  • Belief-Busting: Uncover the hidden beliefs beneath your fears and anxieties. Then jettison them.
  • Finding the Target: It turns out, there is no such thing as “fear of the unknown.” All fear has a target – which we’ll show you how to pinpoint.
  • Taking Control: Really see how fear/anxiety isn’t something that happens to us; it’s something we do to protect and take care of ourselves.
  • Exiting the Anxiety Society: How to cease obsessing about worst case scenarios
  • Using the Want Winner: Focus on what you do want… instead of fearing what you don’t.
  • Diving Deep: Unearth the central fear at the core of all your anxiety.
  • Quitting the Questions: Once you learn to stop asking yourself fear-generating questions, you can dismantle fear before it starts.
  • Accomplishing Feats: How to replace fear-based life-management tools with Fearlessness-Enhancing Atti-Tools™ (FEATs)
Now is precisely the time to embark on this special 6-Part E-Learning journey out of fear. Join the Option Institute® for this E-Learning Training Course LIVE via Zoom (and in the safety of your own home) for a chance to transform your whole way of thinking about fear, anxiety and worry. Once you have dismantled your fear – and the stress and distress that go with it…YOU WILL HAVE CREATED SOLID GROUND during these extraordinary times. Hooray for you!

Six LIVE Session via Zoom
March 22, 24, 25, 29, 31st & April 1st
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2:30pm EST (UTC -5)
Course Fee: $1200


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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar