Groundbreaking new program provides dramatic results in autism treatment


As the number of children diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed, thousands of families face daily challenges with unpredictable outbursts, aggressive behaviors, compulsions, and withdrawal from contact.

In the new book Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child with Autism, two doctors from Columbia University and a parent of a child with autism present a life-changing autism treatment program that leads to major improvements in behavior, communication, and social interaction. The program – Spectacular Bond – takes aspects of the parent-child relationship that typically “run on auto-pilot” and brings these intricacies into consciousness. Conscious control over these subtle and typically hidden aspects of the parent-child relationship enables parents to confidently handle the range of challenging behaviors they encounter.


The book details a six-component plan that, within weeks, leads to

  • more meaningful social interaction,
  • diminished temper tantrums,
  • greater capacity for self-control, and
  • improved attention.

The end result is a transformation in the life of the child, the parent, and all members of the family.


Spectacular Bond is the only autism behavior program that combines the latest research in neuroscience, linguistics, and the psychology of parent-child interaction. In a field where meaningful progress is thought to take years to achieve, this book shakes conventional wisdom.


The program diverges from current mainstream treatment models.

  • It empowers parents to be the agent of change rather than relying solely on professionals.
  • It requires far less intervention time per day compared to traditional treatment programs.
  • It has minimal cost—all that is needed is a dedicated parent equipped with the right knowledge.

“Most parents of children with autism cannot imagine their children being calm, cooperative, and interested in interacting. They are used to seeing tantrums, to witnessing withdrawals, to observing intense repetitive behaviors that claim the child’s full attention—they cannot envision an alternative existence,” said Dr. Marion Blank. “My message for parents is simple: this does not have to be.  A totally different reality is possible once you’ve been given the right tools.” 

Kathy Broad, mother of eight-year-old Rory who has excelled in the program, says “This is a life-altering, life-saving book—an incredible gift to those parents like myself with a child on the autism spectrum.”


About the Authors

Marion Blank, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of language education for children with learning disabilities. She is a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University where she served as Director of the Light on Learning program for children with autism. She has lectured extensively around the world, authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and books, and developed numerous award winning teaching programs, including

Suzanne Goh, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist and neuroscience researcher who served as Co-Director of the Columbia University Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program for Autism and Related Disorders. Her research focuses on metabolic disturbances in autism and uses brain imaging to identify differences in brain circuits in autism. A Rhodes Scholar, she graduated from Harvard University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School.