Barry Neil Kaufman - Option Institute

Barry Neil Kaufman
& Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Author, Teacher & Co-Founder of The Option Institute & Autism Treatment Center of America

Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman

Barry Neil Kaufman (Bears) is the author of
12 books on The Option Process® and The Son-Rise Program, including the best-selling Happiness is a Choice, a blueprint of simple, concrete methods to empower the decision to be happy, and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues. Mr. Kaufman's books are available in twenty-two languages in over sixty five countries. He has twice won the Christopher Award for writing, and he and his wife Samahria Lyte Kaufman have won the Humanitas Award for their screenplay of the NBC Movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.
Mr. Kaufman is Co-Founder and Co-Director with his wife, of The Option Institute International Learning & Training Center in Sheffield, Massachusetts, a nonprofit, educational organization and worldwide teaching center for The Option Process®.

Meet Barry "Bears" and Samahria Kaufman


Client note to Bears...

"Thank you for putting me on your email list. It is a great honor. You are a hero to all the people you have helped. They adore you and your wife and staff. I realize I have been waiting for your teachings all my life. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned and plan to continue to learn in the future. It will actually be a life saver."

Sincerely, Alice G.



Option Institute Founders

The Option Institute, a year-round facility offering empowering personal growth programs and seminars for individuals, couples, families and groups, uses life-changing experiential learning techniques designed to greatly improve health, career, relationships and quality of life. Professional Certification training Programs and individual counseling services are also available. Additionally, the Kaufmans give motivational talks at conferences, lead workshops and seminars, lecture at universities and appear in mass media throughout the country.



Option Institute Co-Founder Samahria Lyte Kaufman


As a result of their innovative and successful program, The Son-Rise Program, a groundbreaking treatment method for Autism and related developmental challenges, originally designed to help their once-autistic son, the Kaufmans Co-Founded the Autism Treatment Center of America (a division of The Option Institute) where they and their staff also counsel and instruct families wanting to create home-based, child-centered teaching programs for their own special-needs children. Additionally, the Kaufmans train professionals in their methods.

Autism and
Son-Rise Program®

The Son-Rise Program :
An Introduction



Video Interview with Barry & Samahria

Barry Neil Kaufman & Samahria Lyte Kaufman, introduce the video, Autism Solution: Getting Started with The Son-Rise Program.


Meet Simon - Fully Recovered From Autism


Simon was diagnosed with autism and mental retardation. His parents were told that he would never talk or communicate. They found The Son-Rise Program


Oscar's Son-Rise Program Journey


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View inspiring and thought-provoking video testimonials from featured families who have been running their Son-Rise Programs for either a few years...

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Watch Webcasts Given by Son-Rise Program Teachers

Breakthrough Strategies for Autism Treatment


by Raun K. Kaufman, Director of Global Education
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The Son-Rise Program: Starting the Training Process


by Bryn Hogan, Executive Director, Autism Treatment Center of America
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Click Here to watch more webcasts by experienced Son-Rise Program Teachers as well as interviews with Bears and Samahria Kaufman


Contact Us


Call 413-229-2100 or
Email Bears at bnk@option.org

Personal Growth Using The Option Process®

Testimonials:




Watch Video Testimonials from Option Institute Program Participants and other videos by Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman
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Happiness Hits Video Series


Self Help and Being Your Own Best Expert
in the first of this series, Barry Neil Kaufman, best selling author of Happiness is A Choice and Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues.
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Happiness Hits Video Series: Love is a Choice.

Love is a Choice : Happiness Hits Video series on YouTube


Personal Empowerment: No More Apologizing for what You Want.

Raun Kaufman

Raun K. Kaufman, an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Option Institute and The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™, lays out clear and compelling reasons...
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Force of Nature

Barry Neil Kaufman explains how you can create more love and power in your life.
Force of Nature™...
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Happiness Is A Choice
The Little Book That Could

"It all started with a little book that could. I have been given this book titled Happiness is a Choice a few weeks ago. I looked at the title and thought to myself: "really...tell me something I don't know" (I also made this weird gesture with my mouth which I made when in serious doubt). This is how my wonderful journey with my own happiness and The Option Institute began..."


~ Keren Rosenboim, New Jersey


Contact Us


Call 413-229-2100 or
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Email Bears at bnk@option.org
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