World According to Matt

Where the Mysteries of Autism are Revealed One Story at a Time

About the author - Liz Becker


I have 2 children and Tom has 2 children both now in their 30s.  Matt is my youngest.


Teacher - I teach biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology for Wytheville Community College and for Radford University.

Clinical Scientist - I worked in the lab for over 16 years before going back to school.

Research Scientist- spiders . . . yep, spiders.  I researched how male funnel-web spiders subdued the female prior to mating and found it to be a pheromone.  You can check out my research by clicking here.

I worked toward my doctorate at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy but found I just couldn't juggle the demands of 2 teenagers (one autistic) at home.  Besides, my schedule really needed to be on par with Matt's.... so I backed up, and got my Master's (in Education) instead.  I always thought I would go back and finish but something peculiar happened - I found I actually love teaching! No regrets....

Author - Autism and the World According to Matt

2-part series on Autism Daily Newscast

The  four-part series has begun on Autism Daily Newscast- and can I just say....... how AWESOME is this?  I am having the time of my life with this book: the reviews, the invitations.  I am overwhelmed and honored by all of it!!! 



From the local Newspaper:                                                 "Mom's autism blog reaches around the world"

Source: via Liz on Pinterest

Here's the link to the story in the local newspaper, Southwest Virginia Enterprise

Radford University Interview

This is my Alma mater - and so proud to have been asked to be interviewed for the RU Today online magazine, and featured in today’s edition of From the Dean’s Desk - the news and events section for the College of Science and Technology.

Biology Alumna and Autism Advocate Shares Stories with the World



My 15 minutes of fame as a scientist  ....

Here's my research on spiders - in case you are interested in that kind of thing....

Male induction of female quiescence/catalepsis during courtship in the spider, Agelenopsis aperta

(Male induction of female quiescence/catalepsis during courtship in the spider, Agelenopsis aperta
by E Becker, S Riechert, F Singer. Behaviour (2005. Volume: 142, Issue: 1, Pages: 57-70 ISSN: 00057959).

Contact Me

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