Decoding Autism with Sara Lee Kessler
Here you will find extended interviews and bonus material that were not included in the show due to time constraints. Two experts and a parent with a child with autism offer insight into autism science and research and prospects for the future.
Dr. Harold KoplewiczDr. Harold Koplewicz, an autism expert, speaks about how autism affects an individual’s communication skills and why early intervention is critical. Dr. Koplewicz is a child psychiatrist and former director of the NYU Child Study Center. Currently, he serves as the director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and president of the Child Mind Institute in New York.
Alison SingerAlison Singer is Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, which provides funding for autism research. But, her interest goes beyond the professional. Alison’s brother, Steven, has autism and so does her daughter, Jodie, who’s now thirteen.
Dr. Hakon HakonarsonDr. Hakon Hakonarson, an autism researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discovered in 2009 the first common gene variant that underlies autism spectrum disorders. He believes this variant may account for 15% of cases.

Support for the Decoding Autism website is made possible by Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization.