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About Robert J. Bernstein

Robert J. Bernstein, an educational and cognitive therapist, has been working with children on the autism spectrum for more than 35 years. His book “Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy to Treat Autism” (2017), won six awards, including the Independent Publisher Book Awards (gold medal for psychology and mental health). His newest book is “Uniquely Normal Manual: Using the Bernstein Cognitive Method for Autism”(2023).


Rob has a personal link to autism, having grown up with an autistic brother and as the parent of an autistic son. His family experience led him to train in developmental psychology and education, the knowledge base that underlies his cognitive method for working with autistic children. Rob is well established with a media presence through his podcast, monthly webinars he and Stephen Shore run for the US Autism Association, and his YouTube channel with Marcia Eckerd, “Everything Neurodiversity”.


His work has been featured on Dateline and in the New York Times. He also has a following on social media on X, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. He has presented dozens of workshops and keynote addresses, at both national and international conferences most recently at the US Autism Association World Autism Conference in which he was a keynote speaker (12/23).


He is an international consultant working with autistic children and special education PTA groups across the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. He is on the Board of Directors of ARC and the US Autism Association. Rob enjoys hiking, fishing, music, theater, and being in the moment.

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