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“Helping as many families and their children as we possibly can”

Gerd Winkler

Director of global Autism solutions

Prior to creating Global Autism Solutions in the summer of 2018, I worked as a Son-Rise-Program® teacher for the Autism Treatment Center of America® for the past 28 years, working with families and professionals in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan.

I have had the great privilege of working directly with over 4000 families and their amazing children with autism through in-home services, through educating parents and their staff in their home-based programs, helping to integrate children into school and public life, and by providing ongoing support through video/phone consultations.

My new support services are designed to help families and caregivers enable their children to dramatically improve in all areas of child development, all through an approach of acceptance, appreciation, respect and enjoyment of the child.

Having had the privilege to work with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum has been by far the biggest blessing in my life and helping as many families and their children as I possibly can continues to be a passionate calling and the central mission of my life.

– Gerd Winkler

From Option Institute®/Autism Treatment Center of America®/Son-Rise Program®

“After many wonderful years of working together, we offer our support to Gerd as he follows his choice to take a different path and no longer provide Son-Rise Program® services.  Whatever direction he chooses to move in, we know that he will continue to be a caring and supportive resource for children and families.”

—Bryn Hogan
Executive Director
Autism Treatment Center of America ®

From Gerd Winkler

It has been my great pleasure to work with the Autism Treatment Center of America® these many years.  Although I am taking a different path at this juncture and am no longer providing Son-Rise Program® services, I wish the organization every success moving forward.  I know that both the ATCA and I will continue to offer loving support to families and their children in different ways.

I will stay active in the field of Autism and Special Needs Education by providing my own professional services.

—Gerd Winkler


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