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Wendela Whitcomb Marsh has a heart for neurodiversity. People on the spectrum, and those who love them and work with them, are among her favorite people in the world. Having been a teacher, counselor, psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as parent and spouse of awesome autists, she brings a unique perspective to understanding this population.
Dr. Marsh has written Independent Living with Autism: Your Roadmap to Success for adults of all ages, those who have grown up with the diagnosis, and those who are learning later in life that they are on the spectrum. You may be able to relate to her five fictional characters ranging from a high school senior to a newly-diagnosed grandparent, and the realistic scenarios they encounter and challenges they overcome. Throughout the book you will find anecdotes written by actual autistic adults in the sidebars, Speaking for Ourselves.
Her first book, The ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success brings together her classroom experience with her behavioral knowledge to help teachers solve problems early, before they can get in the way of learning. It takes the science of behavior analysis to offer evidence-based solutions, and it takes a teacher-to-teacher mindset to know what works in real classrooms. Dr. Marsh brings these together in a user-friendly way, including a virtual village of students that might be found in any classroom. In addition, kids and adults on the autism spectrum share their stories in the sidebars, In Their Own Words.
Marsh contributed a chapter about homeschooling to Future Horizon, Inc.’s book, Autism in Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic, along with more than 30 other authors who each write on their areas of expertise.
She collaborated with her daughter, Siobhan Marsh, to co-author Homeschooling, Autism Style: Reset for Success, a practical source of tips, ideas, and encouragement for parents who find themselves suddenly homeschooling.
Together with Dr. Raun Melmed, Marsh co-authored Autism Parent Handbook Fast Facts: Begin with the End Goal in Mind, publication date April, 2021. This book has a wealth of invaluable information for parents of newly diagnosed children to help answer their many questions and guide them from early childhood and beyond, with the end goal being a happy and independent adult child. When parents are confused and overwhelmed, this book is the compassionate and optimistic guide they need.
Dr. Marsh enjoys speaking to groups of all sizes, via teleconferencing until travel is safer. If you would like to arrange a book chat Q & A, keynote address, staff training or consultation, email your request to