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Envisioning a Bright Future: Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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ISBN-13: 978-0929780177
ISBN-10: 0929780175
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Optometric Extension Program Fndtn (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929780175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929780177
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia S. Lemer is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), an international, non-profit organization integrating conventional and holistic approaches for children with developmental delays. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Lemer is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years.

Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on viewing developmental delays, including autism, PDD, AD(H)D, LD, OCD, NLD and others, as a spectrum of disorders. She discourages labeling of children, and specializes in combining developmentally appropriate practice with sound theory. She is especially interested in combining a biomedical approach with vision and other movement and sensory-based therapies. Ms Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.



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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
As an Occupational Therapist who has been in practice since the 1980s I am thrilled to have Envisioning a Brighter Future Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in my library. When talking with families who are newly diagnosed with ASD I want to give them the most up to date information about what is out there that can help their children. This book has it all from developmental optometry to the latest in biomedical approaches. Chapter 17 is particularly helpful to the parent whose child has been recently diagnosed and is faced with so much information. Patty Lemer prioritizes what types of therapies and environmental modifications families should explore. She even let's people know what they can do before they seek professional advise. Thank you Patty for putting it all together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Rentschler on October 20, 2008
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On the subject of autism spectrum disorders Envisioning a Bright Future is absolutely the best and only resource you need! Keep it next to you at all times to refer to or use to educate your clients about current non-drug interventions. Patricia Lemer, the brilliant editor, actually coined the phrase "autism spectrum." She knows this territory like no one else. Lemer and her contributing experts present their material with precision that professionals will respect and clarity for which parents and relatives will be grateful. Learn about effective treatments based on nutrition, detoxification, sensory integration, motor development, visual and auditory processing, social-emotional adjustment, subtle energy and more. The knowledge available here is encyclopedic in scope and depth.

As a Brain Gym consultant, a Masgutova Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration Specialist, and a Family Constellations facilitator, I am thrilled to see information about these remarkable resources in reader- and user-friendly form. Lemer's book is the only place I know of where you can find a thorough presentation of Dietrich Klinghardt's protocol and his explanation of the relevance of Family Constellations to autism.

Those who want to be fully informed about the history of and treatment options for today's autism epidemic will read the book from cover to cover. Other's will find an exceptionally thorough index to lead them to the exact information they need. Don't miss the editor's overview and her chapters on total load theory and prioritizing interventions. This wonderful book is a must-have for every conscientious professional and every concerned parent.

Mary Rentschler, M.Ed., [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Williamson on October 22, 2008
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I absolutely love this book - it says it all! What a wonderful way to reach more and more families with the kind of info they really need. From a parent as well as practitioner, thanks for putting everything in one place."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Hamilton on November 26, 2008
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This is one of the most comprehensive books on ASD intervention. It was amazingly helpful to me and my family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna D on October 17, 2009
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'This book is the best resource I have found to address autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Wonderfully edited by Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, the various authors of each chapter provide
numerous practical solutions to help children and adults having ASD along with information
useful to a better understanding of ASD. My child has tried several of the suggested solutions
with success (ie, vision therapy, neurofeedback, and sensory integration therapy). Many of the
other approaches discussed were new to me such as the Allergy Elimination Diet and the Specific
Carbohydrate Diet, the latter of which my family is about to implement in the form of the GAPS
diet. "Each therapy or intervention that alleviates a risk factor lessons the load [on the
individual], freeing up the body's energy for physiological, cognitive, sensory, language, and
social-emotional development to take place", as noted in Chapter 5 "A Biomedical Approach to
ASD" co-authored by Ms. Lemer and Kelly Dorfman, MS. I highly recommend this book for
anyone trying to rid themselves or a loved one of ASD.
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