Sensory Issues

  • What are they?
  • How do they arise?
  • How to assess and control them?

Emotional Regulation

Learning to cope with meltdown before it occurs.

Autism In Schools

Providing supports that work and increase learning.

Parent Education

What to do when no one seems to know what to do.

The Trauma Effect of Autism

How much would you learn if, while you were reading, someone were slapping you in the face with a wet towel randomly?  Not much at all!  Yet, even professionals routinely expect individuals on the spectrum who are constantly being assaulted by their sensory environment to absorb new learning.  Learn how the sensory environment creates a very real trauma in the lives of individuals with autism and how that trauma interferes with social and behavioral learning.   In this groundbreaking book based on 24 years of work in the field, Robert outlines how the brain is different in individuals on the spectrum, how that creates a trauma response and what that means for the individual.  Robert’s analysis of research from many different fields is used to create an effective model of treatment, offering hope to families and individuals struggling to cope with the effects of Autism.

The Method At Work

Robert is the first provider to focus on my son’s sensory needs as a primary treatment. Since we have implemented a sensory based therapeutic ideal, my son has made the most progress he has in years! He is no longer regressing, but PRO gressing. And more importantly, I got my sweet good natured, FUNNY kid back! — BL

After years of struggling with inappropriate and lack of social behaviors our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. During these same years and after diagnosis we went through several therapists with no success until 2015 when our son started working with Robert Cox and the use of mindfulness. The change in our son has been pretty dramatic. Once very socially awkward, with no friends and behaviors that could have legal ramifications; he has made wonderful progress with the treatment he has been receiving. — VA

Lori Wheelhouse, MA, LCPC Associate Clinical Director, KVC Prairie Ridge Children’s Hospital The first time I sat down next to Robert during a clinical staffing meeting I thought who in the world is this man? He didn’t look up, just kept working on his iPad. About 10 minutes in he looked up, took advantage of a lull in the conversation and proceeded to educate all of us on this child that he had only met once. Robert has a unique ability to assess behavior and environments in a matter of seconds or minutes. And to then provide a list of real treatment ideas that are simple and highly effective. I have worked with Robert on my most difficult cases and been consistently impressed by the simplicity of his ideas and amazed by his incredible knowledge. Robert is a fierce advocate and has walked along side many families to help them find hope and progress in very challenging situations. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from and work with such a gifted clinician and scholar. I look forward to the inspiration he will share throughout this book. Parents and professionals alike will leave this book with hope, purpose and confidence.

Direction of Treatment


How autism creates a trauma reaction in the brain and why we have to begin treating it first.

Sensory Issues

Defining and treating sensory issues to stop initial trauma at a very early stage.

Mindfulness Training

Using mindfulness training is a powerful way of reducing sensory trauma and teaching emotional regulation.

This Treatment Changes Everything!

I have been working in the field with individuals on the spectrum in one capacity or another for more than 20 years now. Over those years, I began to feel that much of what I was seeing was a reaction to a traumatizing environment and many of the behaviors were attempts to control the constant sensory assault. In the past several years, brain research has been confirming what I was seeing and I have begun instituting a program of treatment that takes this into account. The results have been nothing short of profound. My intention for this book is to share these life-changing methods with you in hopes of changing the direction of professional treatment by seeing autism through the powerful lens of trauma. With a renewed focus and way of seeing we can begin recovering lives rather than just coping.