Patricia Ann Romanowski Bashe was born in Wichita, Kansas. From age seven until sixteen, she moved often, attending fourteen different schools in Oregon, California, and Florida before settling in the North Bronx. A graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, with a BA in English Literature from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY), she embarked on a career in publishing, first at a local newspaper, The Parkway News, then a legal publisher, and the trade house E. P. Dutton before becoming the first editor of Rolling Stone Magazine's book division, Rolling Stone Press. There she edited and contributed to several books, including The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, which she co-edited through three editions and for which she received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Her work on pop culture and music has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Rolling Stone, among other publications. She has cowritten twenty-three books spanning several genres, among them four national bestsellers.
After her son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, she earned a master's degree in special education and became a certified special education teacher, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, early intervention provider, and consultant to parents and school districts on students with autism. Her first book on autism spectrum disorders, cowritten with Barbara Kirby, is The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome, a classic in the field, saw two editions: 2011 and 2005. In 2011, she published The Parents' Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence, the first book to address adaptive daily living skills for children with AS and similar forms of ASD.
Now in October 2014 comes Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide: fully updated, revised, expanded, and described by Dr. Tony Attwood as "almost an encyclopedia of Asperger syndrome. Available in original trade paperback, kindle, and other e-forms, it is nearly 600 pages chock full of advice, inspiration, insight, and hope, from early intervention through adulthood.
She has worked with and taught individuals across the autism spectrum, from toddlers to college students. She is Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed behavior analyst, certified special education teacher and early intervention provider. Patty currently serves as clinical instructor and acting director of a graduate program in applied behavior analysis at a children's hospital at a major Long Island university.
She lives on Long Island with her husband, the author Philip Bashe, their son, Justin, and two cats who regularly challenge her belief in behaviorism. (Lola and Jimmie: you know who you are.).