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Turn Autism Around®

Developmental delays and signs of autism usually show up before 18 months of age, yet children are often not diagnosed until they are 4 or 5 years old.


In Turn Autism Around®, Dr. Mary Barbera explains why parents can’t afford to worry and wait in long lines for evaluations and treatment while not knowing how to help their children.


She empowers parents, caregivers, and early intervention professionals to regain hope and take back control with simple strategies to dramatically improve outcomes for their children.


Dr. Barbera has created a new approach to teaching kids with developmental delays that uses the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) married with a positive, child-friendly methodology that any parent can use–whether or not their child has delays–to learn to teach communication skills, socialization strategies, as well as tackle sleep, eating, potty training, and behavior challenges in a positive, effective, and lasting way.

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Meet the Author

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mary barbera

“fell” into the autism world in the late 1990s when her first-born son Lucas started showing signs of autism.


Over the past two decades, Mary has transformed from an overwhelmed and confused parent to a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and the author of The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders.


Mary is an award-winning international speaker, podcaster, and online course creator.


Her mission is to help parents and professionals turn autism (or signs of autism) around for millions of children around the world.

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“ The advice and strategies in this book have been absolutely life-changing for our family. My daughter, Elena, is living proof that remarkable progress can be made in those precious months of ‘waiting’.”

— Michelle C., parent of Elena (a toddler featured in the book)

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“Dr. Barbera’s book lays out a nice sequence of ‘what to do’ for a child with autism or signs of autism, presented by someone who really knows what to do.”

Mark L. Sundberg,, Ph.D., BCBA-D, author of the VB-MAPP

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“I am so thankful for this book! It is very obvious that not only does Mary know her stuff, she cares immensely about helping parents through a confusing time. I highly recommend it!”

Kate Swenson, Finding Cooper’s Voice

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“Turn Autism Around is a detailed book that provides parents with actionable steps that will allow their children to learn and thrive. Mary empowers parents to be ‘the captain of the ship’ on their child’s journey to increased communication, skills, and happiness!”

Rose Griffin, SLP, BCBA, owner of ABA Speech

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“If your child has no words, few words, or is showing any kind of delays, Mary’s book will help, while also providing step-by step instructions for potty training, feeding, tantrums, and more.”

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Author of "The Way I See It"

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“Mary’s information in her book Turn Autism Around is life-changing for any parent noticing delays in their children. Following her easy, step-by-step action plans set me on a path to help my boys. If you want to turn hopeless into hopeful and empowered, this book is for you!”

Kelsey G., autism mom to two boys featured in the book

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“Dr. Mary Barbera teaches parents how to implement fun, child-friendly interventions, even without access to well-trained professionals. These techniques, as outlined in her book, will have positive, life-long effects for your child, enabling you to take your power back as a parent.”

Amanda N. Kelly, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, aka Behaviorbabe

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“It’s been amazing to watch Mary’s mission to turn autism around for millions. This book will be life-changing for many children and families around the world.”

Jeff Walker, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Launch

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“LOVE THE BOOK! This book equipped me with the knowledge and tools (free downloads) to begin helping my daughter learn to talk. When I started the book my daughter had 0 words and very few sounds. Using the strategies Mary teaches throughout the book, she has started to talk. This book is gold!”

Elissa McFarland, mom to 2 young girls including Lexi diagnosed with autism

Nothing presented in the Barbera Behavior Consulting free or paid course materials creates a client – professional or patient-provider relationship between you and Mary Barbera or Barbera Behavior Consulting, LLC. The Barbera Behavior Consulting free and paid course materials were developed strictly for informational purposes and should not be considered medical, behavioral, legal, or therapeutic advice. Testimonials herein are unpaid and unsolicited and non-representative of all participants. Experiences of those who have provided testimonials do not guarantee future results. None of the testimonials included within the Barbera Behavior Consulting Materials are from current clients. Read Full Terms & Disclaimer.

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