Raun Kaufman’s Autism Recovery Story


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Below is the audio to an interview we recorded with Raun Kaufman a few years ago.  Raun is the CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America.

Raun’s story is quite remarkable.  At an early age, he was diagnosed with severe autism, along with a tested IQ of 30.  Despite a bleak prognosis, Raun’s parents refused to institutionalize their son, as suggested by doctors, and created an innovative home-based therapy program.  The end result was a complete recovery from his autism and integration into a neurotypical academic setting.  Raun eventually went on to graduate from the prestigious Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics.  

While Raun’s story is unique and not typical, it demonstrates the potential of recovery from autism.  In the interview, Raun also addresses the skeptics who suggest that he never had autism to begin with.  It was recorded in 2007, but it was reposted as we felt it is important for our visitors to hear this story, which will offer hope and encouragement to parents and family members of those with autism.

 Click to Listen Raun Kaufman Interview

One Response to Raun Kaufman’s Autism Recovery Story

  1. maria villayzan says:

    yo soy maria tengo un nino con autismo es un nino que trato de intender pero no se como no tengo ayuda para el solo la escuela nada mas tambien tengo tanto miedo que me lo quiten es ni hijo solo quiero que si usted me puede dar un consejo para mi y mi familia que son mis otros hijos tengo cinco ninos el que tiene autismo se yama humberto quiroz tiene 13 anos eda el esconde la ropa y tambien se pone muy agresivo a veces cuando le dicen que no coma mas comida o no agas eso y tambien se pone la mano en la nariz y es una persona que no se comunica bien tengo que adiviar las palabra que dice gracias poder escribir algo para un consejo de usted le doy gracias por la cosa que me va adecir usted que dios lo bendiga mucho

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