Becker received his Ph.D. in 1980 from the
Union Institute & University. He has worked
with autistic savant artists Richard Wawro,
Scotland (since 1976), Christophe Pillault,
France (since 1996), Ping Lian, Malaysia (since
2005), and Rohan Sonalker, India (since 2008).
He has worked (since 1992) with prodigy, Marshall
Ball, author of KISS OF GOD, The Wisdom of
a Silent Child, (1999). In 2000 Dr. Becker
directed an International Gathering of Savants.
He has served on numerous Ph.D. committees
as an adjunct professor in such areas as creativity,
art therapy, psychology, the humanities, and
education. His publications include poems,
essays, books, and film: "The Discovery
of Pattern: 'The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,'
"Katherine Ann Porter; "A Threat
or an Invitation"; Characteristics and
Identification of Gifted and Talented &
Program Design and Development of Gifted and
Talented with Dr. Fredrick Tuttle; With Eyes
Wide Open (international, award-winning documentary
film); "Foreword" for Kiss of God,
Marshall Ball; "A Way of Seeing"
(film course exploring the gifts of extraordinary
people); "Autism and Nutrition"
in The Official Autism 101 Manual; "Gifts
Along the Spectrum: The Portrayal of Disability
in Film" in KALEIDOSCOPE Magazine; and
"Living in the Spectrum" a Mindscape
Productions audio CD. WHAT'S OLD, WHAT'S NEW:
BOOKS & FILMS WORTH KNOWING, Autism at
Home Series published by Autism Today, 2008-2009
has been joyfully attending and enthusiastically
participating in the Rethinking Education
conference for many years.