Deborah Lipsky, M.Ed., is an accomplished presenter traveling the United States and Canada delivering seminars, presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses on understanding autism from an insider’s viewpoint. In 2005, she was awarded the Autism Society of Maine’s outstanding volunteer award, and in 2006, she became the recipient of a Temple Grandin award for “outstanding success in her life thereby being an inspiration to others.”


Mrs. Lipsky became an international bestseller with Managing Meltdowns (2010), a book based on her S.C.A.R.E.D. model, an intervention guide full of strategies to help first responders and anyone witnessing an individual with autism having a catastrophic reaction (meltdown). In her second book, From Anxiety to Meltdown (2011), the focus is on understanding anxiety and how it influences thoughts and behaviors in individuals on the spectrum. It also is the first book to truly distinguish the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and offers numerous strategies to deal with both. Mrs. Lipsky also wrote a chapter on learning social skills from animals and is featured on the cover of the book “Autism All Stars” edited by Josie Santomauro and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her third book on the nature of demons and spiritual warfare was released by Tau Publishers in the fall of 2012. Mrs. Lipsky’s fourth book, How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help (2013), is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life.
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Mrs. Lipsky has been featured in a documentary along with Temple Grandin called, “Making Our Way” which was produced for Maine Public Broadcasting Television by Dan Lambert. As a former licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raccoons, she is still affectionately known as the “raccoon lady” having spent 25 years studying them in the wild and learning social skills which she adapted for use around humans.






Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Lipsky receives royalties as an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. 

Non-financial: Deborah Lipsky is an adult with high functioning autism. She is a member of the Autism Society of Maine.