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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum

Meet Our Authors

Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She is also a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Landa earned her master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate at the University of Washington. She completed post-doctoral training in psychiatric genetics at Johns Hopkins. She is the recipient of the NIMH Shannon Award for excellent and innovative research, as well as the Rita Rudel Prize for Developmental Neuropsychology.

Dr. Landa is a both a researcher and speech-language pathologist. She has practiced in the public schools, university clinics and hospital settings. Dr. Landa has consulted with schools and families on an international level to establish state-of-the-science educational programming for children with autism spectrum disorders. Her research focuses on neuropsychological, learning and communication process in autism across the lifespan, with a special interest in early detection and intervention.

Dr. Landa and her husband have two grown children. Learn more about her work by visiting

Mary Beth Marsden is a local Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She started her career at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. as a television news producer and after a couple of stops at TV stations on the East Coast, moved back to Maryland. Mary Beth spent twenty-one years as a reporter and the evening news anchor at WMAR-TV, in Baltimore. Today, she is the host of an afternoon news program on WBAL-Radio and is often interviewed or asked to speak on topics involving television, radio, social media, education and autism.

Mary Beth and her husband Mark have two boys and a girl who, at the age of three and a half, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Several years after her daughter’s diagnosis, Mary Beth wanted to do something to help others facing some of the same challenges. In 2011, she started producing videos that offer “solutions” for families affected by autism.

Mary Beth believes awareness and understanding are the keys to making this world a more welcoming place for people on the spectrum. Her enlightening videos can be found on her website, on the Real Look Autism YouTube channel, as part of Disney Family’s video library and on The Autism Channel.

You can contact Mary Beth at [email protected] or on Twitter @marybmarsden or on Facebook at Real Look Autism.

Nancy Burrows is a freelance writer who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Nancy spent years writing and producing for advertising agencies and television networks such as PBS, Nickelodeon, and TV Land. She married her high school sweetheart in 1995. His surgical training led them from New York to Missouri to Minnesota — and finally to Maryland. They currently live in Baltimore, with their fourteen-year-old daughter, Allie, and eleven-year-old son, James.

When James was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at two and a half, Nancy put her career on hold to focus on researching and implementing an early intervention plan. Raising Allie and James, and acting as mom/therapist/advocate was a full-time job for eight all-consuming years. Now, Nancy is thrilled to be a part of this book, putting her creative skills to work on a project that has tremendous personal meaning for her family. In her stories, “James 101” and “Bedtime Routine,” she hopes readers will get a sense of James’s quirky charm.

Please contact Nancy at [email protected] and share your thoughts about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Amy Newmark is Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher and editor-in-chief, after a thirty-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children.

After a long career writing books on telecommunications, voluminous financial reports, business plans, and corporate press releases, Chicken Soup for the Soul is a breath of fresh air for Amy. She has fallen in love with Chicken Soup for the Soul and its life-changing books, and really enjoys putting these books together for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s wonderful readers. She has co-authored more than five dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has edited another three dozen.

You can reach Amy with any questions or comments through [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter @amynewmark.

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