Laurence A. Becker, Ph.D.
For over 35 years, Laurence A. Becker, Ph.D. has been a leading spokesman for several world-renowned autistic savant artists. As an educator, he has collected many resources (books, films, research and articles) and shared them with educators, doctors, parents and grandparents. He has written in numerous publications including a year-long series "What's Old, What's New: Books and Films Worth Knowing" for The Autism At Home Series. His "Autism and Nutrition" article in The Official Autism 101 Manual was one of 44 articles contributed by MD's, Ph.D.'s, parents, caregivers and educators, and combined his interests in autism and nutrition as a healing modality. He also produced the international, award-winning documentary film "With Eyes Wide Open" about autistic savant artist Richard Wawro of Edinburgh, Scotland.
For over 20 years, Laurence organized exhibitions throughout the United States. He was responsible for introducing the art of three major autistic savants to the United States: Richard Wawro (Scotland), Christophe Pillault (France) and Ping Lian (Malaysia). The art of each may be seen on Dr. Darold A. Treffert's website SavantSyndrome.com and in his book Islands of Genius, the foremost book on savants.
Laurence continues to receive communications from parents of children with autism who have learned about his advocacy over many years. He continues to expand his knowledge and experience of these amazing people with extraordinary talents to share with the world. He humbly says, "I am an aqueduct: I am not the water or the source of the water, but I am an instrument through which the water flows." And it does continue to flow as more and more accounts of healing from parents are emerging, and more and more research is being pursued.