Meet the Author

Wendela Whitcomb Marsh

Wendela Whitcomb Marsh has a heart for autists of all ages, and for the amazing parents and professionals who love them and work with them. Having been a teacher, counselor, psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as parent and spouse of awesome autistic people, she brings a unique perspective to working with this population.

Marsh’s 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. Five fictional students from preschool to high school help illustrate how the strategies can work for many different students and learning styles. You will also find anecdotes written by teens and adults who are on the autism spectrum, sharing their own perspectives “In Their Own Words.” Chapter quizzes and discussion topics make this book a natural for university classrooms as well as book clubs and teacher trainings.

Her second book, Independent Living with Autism: Your Roadmap to Success, speaks directly to autists of all ages. You’ll meet five fictional characters ranging from a high school senior to a retiree. Discover how each one meets and overcomes challenges related to social communication, housing, independence, recreation, and employability. Autistic adults contributed anecdotes and quotes throughout the book, in “Speaking for Ourselves.”

Future Horizons, Inc. published Autism in Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This book includes chapters written by 34 of their authors, including Dr. Temple Grandin, Ellen Notbohm, Dr. Tony Attwood, and Dr. Wendela Marsh. It addresses the unique needs of people on the autism spectrum as they live, and even thrive, during uncertain times.

Wendela Marsh collaborated with her daughter, Siobhan Marsh, on Homeschooling, Autism Style: Reset for Success. This timely book was written with autism families in mind, many of whom suddenly find themselves homeschooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tips and strategies you’ll find here are also effective for children with ADHD, sensory processing challenges, learning disabilities, and for typically-developing children.

Coming out April 6, 2021, Autism Parent Handbook: Start with the End Goal in Mind is a collaboration with Dr. Raun Melmed, foreword by Dr. Temple Grandin. This handbook guides parents through the process of parenting a child with autism from diagnosis to adulthood.

Wendela Whitcomb Marsh lives in Salem, Oregon, with her children and two cats. She loves writing, reading, and talking about autism from a place of experience, wisdom, and unlimited optimism.

If your Book Club plans to read one of Marsh’s books, or if you have an Autism Support Group, she would love to be invited to attend a session online. Please contact her at

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