HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Karen Siff Exkorn

Autism Expert, Motivational Speaker, Author, Playwright, and Consultant


  • A Story of Hope—Sharing our family’s journey from autism to recovery.
  • How to Cope with Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis
  • Establishing the New Normal—Managing your marriage, other children, friendships and everyday life.
  • How to Work Successfully with Families with Autism—Understanding the hidden psychology and reality of the family’s experience.


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Karen Siff Exkorn is an internationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author of The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing—From a Mother Whose Child Recovered (William Morrow).

Siff Exkorn has been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, CNN, ABC’s Nightline, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, PBS, NPR and in The New York Times, Town and Country, Parents Magazine, Child Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and international media.  She is also a contributing writer to Huffington Post and Today.com.

Following her son’s remarkable recovery from autism, Siff Exkorn made the decision to incorporate her personal odyssey into her professional life in order to bring her message of hope and possibility to others.  In her keynote speeches and seminars, Siff Exkorn incorporates the wisdom that she learned through her journey with autism. She achieves this through her role as founder and CEO of KAS Consulting and Speak On, corporate training companies that specialize in leadership, sales, customer service, power of persuasion, presentation and media skills training for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and individuals.

A featured speaker and workshop leader for the United Nations, Siff Exkorn has also lectured at UMASS Medical School, NYU Stern School of Business, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Columbia University, Brown University, and has been a keynote speaker at autism organizations around the world.  She is a board member of New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA), and joined forces with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism organization, and HarperCollins to produce a special edition version of The Autism Sourcebook that was donated internationally. Siff Exkorn donates a percentage of the proceeds from The Autism Sourcebook to autism organizations worldwide.

Siff Exkorn has a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she serves on the Dean’s Council. She received her Mindfulness certification training from Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Institute, and is a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming) practitioner.  A former professional dancer, Siff Exkorn teaches a weekly dance class to women of all ages, and choreographs for young adults with special needs.  A first-time playwright, Siff Exkorn recently optioned her play about autism, entitled Do This, to a Broadway producer.

Siff Exkorn and her family live in upstate New York.

Praise for The Autism Sourcebook:

 “I was blown away by how carefully this author had pulled together so much information in one place.  I think it is a book every parent should get.”
-Dr. Timothy Johnson, Good Morning America

“Everyone in the audience today will get a copy of Karen’s book, The Autism Sourcebook, which is really, really a wonderful thing.  If you know anyone with autism, pick it up.  It’s full of every single fact you will need to know.”
-Rosie O’Donnell, The View

“A lot of doctors and pediatricians and teachers say that this book has really helped, because (Karen) basically compiled a lot of information that she figured out into this book for other parents.”
-Kiran Chetry, CNN

“In the storm that is autism, Karen Siff Exkorn’s The Autism Sourcebook is a welcome port.”
-Joe Mantegna, actor/parent

“An excellent book.  Loaded with practical information, it answers the many, many questions that parents may have.”
–Temple Grandin, Ph.D, best-selling author and autism activist

“The moment our grandson was grandson was diagnosed with autism was one of the darkest of our lives. The Autism Sourcebook brings light to that darkness, helping families learn to navigate the complex world of autism.  It will empower a new generation of autism advocates.”
–Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders, Autism Speaks

“Direct, realist, and always encouraging advice about life with a child with autism.”
-Catherine Lord, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

“The Autism Sourcebook gives every parent a head start on becoming an expert for his or her child.”
-Tom Insel, M.D.

“A comprehensive reference for parents and professionals who are dealing with the complexities of autism spectrum disorders.”
-Lee Grossman, former president and CEO, Autism Society of America

“Clearly written, with the intimacy and urgency that perhaps only a parent could bring to the topic, The Autism Sourcebook is a gem of a book that no one who knows a young child with an ASD should be without.”
-Peter Gerhardt, Chairman of the Scientific Council for Organization of Autism Research

“Comprehensive, balanced and compassionate—a tremendous resource for parents of children with autism.”
-Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., Duke Institute for Brain Sciences