Robert J. Bernstein introduces his original, intuitive approach to helping people with autism—many of whom have never spoken until he works with them. Bernstein rivets the reader from page one as he describes the organic origins of his concept, which focuses on nurturing cognition. He illustrates each phase of this process in the client stories that animate this landmark book. In 27 lively and in-depth case histories, Bernstein offers insights across the spectrum and leads parents, educators, and medical professionals to a new perspective on the autistic landscape. Engaging and candid, each story describes the perplexing, fascinating, and sometimes exhilarating aspects of working therapeutically with toddlers, children, teens, young adults, and mature adults with autism. Each story also offers an innovation in the autism field: suggestions for parents, family members, and caregivers on how they can work on themselves to become more helpful to their loved ones on the spectrum.
Rob Bernstein holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and education from Stony Brook University and a master of arts from Teachers College Columbia University in special education, focusing on intellectual disabilities. He has devoted his career to improving the lives of children, teenagers, and adults with autism spectrum disorders. He developed his cognitive-based approach over more than 30 years of in-depth, one-on-one work with clients ranging from nonverbal toddlers to high-functioning adults. He has consulted for the pediatric neurology department at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and Pediatrics 2000, a medical clinic in New York City; an educational consultant to the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies; and has provided expert testimony at hearings on behalf of young people on the autism spectrum. Mr. Bernstein conducts evaluations for neurologists and neuropsychologists around the country, and was coordinator for special education and science for the New York City Department of Education. In addition to his private practice, he conducts workshops, seminars, and support groups for families of persons with autism spectrum disorders, and appears regularly on WVOX radio in New Rochelle. In 2012, he founded the Table Tennis Therapy Program for Asperger’s Individuals in Pleasantville, New York, the first program of its kind. He has two grown sons and lives with his wife, artist Rachel Gordon Bernstein, in Ardsley, New York. email@example.com