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All of the chapter authors have donated their work without compensation knowing that the profits from this book will be donated to Autism Trust.

The Autism Trust, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing vocational, educational, wellness, and semi-independent residential programs for individuals with autism, is the engine behind The Autism Center, Austin. The Autism Trust was founded by The Tommey family.

Meet the Authors behind Autism Essentials


Anat Baniel is perhaps best known today as the founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books about this transformational methodology: Move into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality and Kids beyond Limits.


Dara Berger is the author of How to Prevent Autism.  A documentary filmmaker, she is currently working on a film about how to prevent chronic illness in children. She began her career as a news reporter/producer for a local nightly news program, and subsequently founded her own documentary film production company, Say It Out Loud Productions, Inc. to produce films on meaningful issues.


Leslie Carol Botha is a women’s health advocate, speaker, radio talk show host, hormone consultant, author, and social media marketer—a matrix of possibilities. As a health advocate for over thirty years, Leslie has been educating women about understanding their mind, moods, and hormone cycles. She is a Board member for the Cycles Research Institute.


Sarah Carrasco is the author of The Autism Helpbook, which aims to simplify the process of obtaining a diagnosis, making sure your child receives quality education, making the most of your insurance, determining which therapies are best for your child, biomedical interventions such as the gluten/casein/soy free diet and detox, Special Needs Trusts, and much more! She is a sought-after advocate for children on the spectrum.

Mary Pulles Cavanaugh

Mary Pulles Cavanaugh has three beautiful daughters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Alabama and has a background in medical assisting. Mary became an avid independent researcher in 2007 by necessity when her youngest daughter was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum (vaccine induced brain injury) at age 11. This led Mary to a greater awareness of the sick care system that is so prevalent today. She is the author of The Book on Greatness: How to Keep Shining Your Light


Louis Conte is a polygraph examiner, writer, retired law enforcement officer and independent investigator. As a leading advocate for people with autism, he has championed their cause in state capitols and Washington, DC. 

The Book of Sasquatch, his second novel, is forthcoming. His first novel, The Autism War was published with Skyhorse. He also co-wrote a work of non-fiction, Vaccine Injuries with Tony Lyons, also with Skyhorse. 

Conte lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Andrea, and their three sons, Thomas, Sam and Louie.


Anne Dachel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has taught for over thirty years. She writes for the online blog, Age of Autism and her book, The Big Autism Cover Up, has been widely acclaimed.

Anne M.

Anne M. Evans received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and her graduate degree in Biomedical Communications from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1989. She was the manager of publications and marketing for two global biotech firms. Her publications include: The Pediatric Handbook for the University of Texas Systems Medical Schools, “Cryofixation, Cryolabeling, and Cryotransfer,” and “Immunogold Labeling.” Her book, Beating Autism: How Alternative Medicine Cured My Child, was a finalist for the USA Best Book Awards.


Emily A. Francis is the host of a weekly radio show, “All About Healing,” on HealthyLife.Net Radio. She is the author of The Body Heals Itself, Stretch Therapy and A Leg Up on Lymphedema. Emily is a gifted speaker and writer and can be reached at her website

Emily is a gifted speaker and writer and can be reached at her website.

Tami A.

Tami A. Goldstein is board certified in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy (U-CST) from the Upledger Institute International and an approved continuing education provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She’s the international award-winning author of Coming through the Fog, an autism recovery journey, and a contributing author in other books & publications. She is a 2018 World Massage Festival Hall of Fame inductee. She is the founder of Wisconsin for Vaccine Choice and the parent of an individual with functioning recovery of autism.


Nancy Guberti is a functional medicine specialist, bio-nutritionist, gluten-free and casein-free diet expert and a healthy lifestyle coach, who is passionate about empowering others to become their own health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Monthly Membership, Look & Feel Great Method, Biomedical & Nutritional Interventions for ASD, and the Positively Powerful Parent program. For additional free resources & training, visit her website.

Kent Heckenlively

Kent Heckenlively is an attorney, science teacher, author, and the father of an autistic daughter. He is a founding contributing editor of the website, “Age of Autism,” and his work can be regularly found in the Bolen Report. He is the co-author of Plague, Plague of Corruption, and Inoculated.


Ryan Hetrick is an educator, researcher, and writer, whose work with children on the spectrum has been inspirational.


Marcia Hinds has degrees in sociology and psychology from UCLA and is a credentialed teacher. She is the author of I Know You’re in There: Winning Our War against Autism, the inspirational story of her son Ryan’s recovery. Ryan works as an aerospace engineer, but more importantly, he has friends and is leading a typical life. But Marcia’s most impressive credential for writing this book is that she is Ryan’s mother and that their family survived the autism diagnosis. Preview her book at her website. All profits from Marcia’s book go to spread the word that autism is treatable.

Rickert Hong

Maria Rickert Hong is a certified holistic health counselor who helps parents recover their children from symptoms of: almost autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, PANS, PANDAS, OCD, and Lyme disease. Her book, Almost Autism, provides a bridge between the biomedical and sensory aspects of spectrum disorders. It is important reading not only for parents, but also for occupational and speech therapists, educators, and anyone guiding families toward health.

Professor Peter Incardone

Peter Incardone is professor emeritus at New Jersey City University. He has presented programs on literacy for teachers in the tristate area and can be contacted for seminars and workshops

Helen L.

Helen L. Irlen is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, therapist, scholar, and expert in the area of visual-perceptual problems. She is a graduate of Cornell University. Ms. Irlen has been in the field of education for over forty years. She is the author of The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life and Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game of Life.


Karen Kain is the author of A Unique Life Fully Lived. When her daughter, Lorrin, was only six weeks old, she had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors predicted a dire future. In this book, Karen shares the lessons she learned from her daughter about finding inner peace in any situation.


Steve Kossor is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Behavioral Change. He is the author of The Kossor Scale for Outcome Measurement and The Issachar Project.

Jennifer Guistra-Kozek, LPC, NCC

Jennifer Guistra-Kozek, LPC, NCC is a board-certified psychotherapist, internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author of a two-time award-winning book, Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally & Effectively without Harmful Medication. Jennifer has over 17 years of clinical experience specializing in ADHD, ASD, OCD, depression, anxiety, and trauma resolution and is currently in private practice. She has a master’s degree in counseling and a minor is English/criminal justice. Her Facebook page, Healing ADHD & Asperger’s Without Hurting, attracts over 100,000 weekly visitors who turn to her for guidance and support as they desperately search for help for their children. Jen can be contacted through her Facebook page, and her website.

Dr. Vaughn

Dr. Vaughn Lauer has served as a teacher, university instructor, and a building, district, and state administrator in Special Education. He is the author of When the School Says No, How to Get to Yes! Securing Special Education Services for Your Child.


Patricia S. Lemer is a licensed professional counselor. She has practiced as a diagnostician for over forty years and is the co-founder of the non-profit, Developmental Delay Resources, and Board Chair emeritus of Epidemic Answers, she lectures internationally. She is the author of Outsmarting Autism (2014) and EnVISIONing a Bright Future (2008).


Maude LeRoux, OTR/L, SIPT, RCTC, DIR® is an accomplished occupational therapist with great affinity for learning and understanding the human brain. Maude is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration services as it applies to functional daily activities including improving the ability of any child to partake in his/her learning environment. She is a certified intervention provider, a certified Tomatis consultant, and the author of two books, The Listening Journey for Children and Our Greatest Allies.


Rosanne Lindsay is a naturopath, writer, and president of the National Health Freedom Coalition. She is the co-founder of Wisconsin for Vaccine Choice and the author of The Nature of Healing: Heal the Body, Heal the Planet. More information on consultations can be found at her website.

Dr. Jackie Marquette

Dr. Jackie Marquette is an autism employment researcher, author, and parent of an adult son with autism. She delivers trainings to schools and agencies in the use of the Marquette Strengths and Career Index with Power Practices Student Workbook to assist students and young adults with autism in career readiness programs, career exploration, and school transition.


Deborah Merlin is the author of Victory over ADHD, a holistic approach for helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Okay to Be Me: ZZ’s Great Discovery, a children’s book for special needs and diversity.


Neill Moroney is the president of A Major Difference, Inc., the makers of Ion Cleanse. For further information and contact details go to


Zoey O’Toole is the editor-in-chief of the blog where she can be reached for futher information.

Dr. Patrick Porter

Dr. Patrick Porter is the developer of the Brain Tap method and the author of Awaken the Genius: Mind Technology for the 21st Century. Dr. Porter’s Brain Tap method can be experienced free of charge at the Brain Tap Website


Mary Romaniec is the author of Victory over Autism, a personal account of the stages parents will experience when their child is first diagnosed with autism. Mary is an advocate of preparing the next generation of proactive parents who are making a difference in the wellbeing of their children and families and in passing on the winning attributes parents should, and will, possess or adopt as they strive toward the goal of better health and full recovery for their child.


Lorna Timms is the director of the Davis Autism Institute in New Zealand. She is a respected professional in the field of autism. Facilitators and more information on the Davis Autism approach can be found at


Brett Wilcox is the author of Jabbed and We’re Monsanto Feeding the World Lie after Lie I & II. Brett can be contacted by email.

Melinda (Mindi)

Mindi Wilkin authored the chapter “What is ABA?” Wilkin was introduced to ABA and autism as an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Kansasin the early 90’s. She worked one-on-one with children on the autistic spectrum using ABA for many years before opening the Behavior Intervention Group in London. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University College London. Mindi later moved back to America and became a board-certified behavior analyst and continued to support children on the autistic spectrum, domestically and abroad, before refocusing her practice and advocacy solely in the United States for the past several years.