Dr. Rebecca Landa Partners with Chicken Soup for the Soul to Support Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 2, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Expert is Coauthor of the Latest Edition of the Best-Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series

Baltimore, Md. -- Today marks the release of the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum, featuring an introduction authored by Dr. Rebecca Landa of the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The 101 personal stories in this latest edition of the critically acclaimed book series create a portable support group for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

“This book’s potential for impacting the world’s understanding of, and compassion for, individuals with ASD and their family members motivated me to participate in bringing it to fruition,” said Dr. Rebecca Landa, Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute.  “In my role as a clinician, researcher, and friend of many individuals with ASD and their families, I have walked alongside families experiencing the types of challenges and triumphs shared in this book.”

This book is a resource for all parents, newly diagnosed and experienced, with stories to illustrate how every child on the spectrum is unique. Parents will see pieces of themselves reflected in the stories by other mothers and fathers and also by people who have been diagnosed themselves with ASD.

The book is on sale at booksellers nationwide beginning April 2, 2013 for World Autism Awareness Day.  For a limited time, books purchased directly from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be signed by Dr. Rebecca Landa and a majority of the proceeds will benefit autism research at the Institute. To learn more, purchase your copy or read Dr. Landa’s introduction, please visit www.autism.kennedykrieger.org/ChickenSoup.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which is distributed through Simon & Schuster, Inc. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. Since 1993, more than 100 million books in the series have been sold in the United States and Canada alone. Chicken Soup for the Soul titles have been sold in more than 100 additional countries and translated into more than 40 languages. For more information, visit www.chickensoup.com.

About the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, serves more than 19,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.  For more information on the Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org

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Jennifer Burke
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