Patty Lemer

Prioritizing Therapies

Patty Lemer

Our Chairman of the Board, Patty Lemer, has been involved with recovering children from neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, SPD and learning disabilities for roughly 40 years.  Before she joined us here at Epidemic Answers, she co-founded and ran another non-profit, Developmental Delay Resources, with nutritionist Kelly Dorfman. In 2008, Patty published an excellent book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“.  The last chapter of the book is the basis for Patty’s upcoming book about prioritizing those interventions and therapies. While we’re waiting for the book to be published, you can watch this YouTube video of Patty’s discussion of these priorities.

Metallothionein and Autism

Metallothionein and Autism

Metallothionein and Autism

William J. Walsh, Ph. D. Metallothionein and autism:  At the DAN! 2001 Conference in San Diego, I presented a model which assumes that metallothionein (MT) dysfunction is the primary cause of autism. My model is the culmination of 30 years of experience, focusing on applying the work of Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, a pioneer in using nutrient therapies for chemical imbalances found in behavioral disorders. A Metallothionein Theory of Autism While engaged in research at the Argonne National laboratory, I pursued a prison volunteer project that launched me into the middle of the autism epidemic.  I have now applied my knowledge about what makes bad guys bad to what causes depression and autism. In 1989, I established the Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Naperville, Illinois, where I am the Chief Scientist.  In 2000, researchers there studied the results of approximately 100 separate chemical analyses of blood and urine tests from each of 503 patients diagnosed with autism, PDD and Asperger syndrome. Over…

Change:  Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

Change: Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

Change:  Notice It, Adapt to It, Anticipate It, Go with It!

By Patricia S. Lemer, M.S. Bus., NCC Everything changes:  winter to spring, summer to fall, youth to adolescence, health to illness. We expect, accept and adapt naturally to the irreversible cycles of the seasons and to aging. Changes from health to illness and illness to health are not so predictable and irreversible.  We can benefit from fine-tuning our responses to these changes. How people deal with change is the basis for a profound, little book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”, given to me by my dear friend Diana Henry, OTR.  Cheese, a metaphor for what we want in life, is elusive.  As I read the book, I saw how its wisdom can help us attain our “cheese” — good health and function for our kids. Change Happens; Notice It Health changes appear first in those subtle differences in skin, digestion and behavior.  Do those little bumps persist?  Is elimination less regular?  Are sleep patterns disturbed?  In many children these early warning…

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Such as Autism

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Vision Therapy for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Such as Autism

by Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, AADP I am fortunate to have Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD, as my sons’ behavioral optometrist.  Dr. Schulman wrote the chapters on the role of vision therapy and optometry in Patty Lemer’s book, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, which I reviewed earlier.  Patty was the one who recommended Dr. Schulman to me, and she practices in my area. Patty has always talked about the importance of vision therapy for people with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities and other neurological disorders.  Now I know why.  In fact, Patty’s book was published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, which should give you a clue as to the importance of vision in neurodevelopmental disorders. Vision Problems a Cause of Many ASD Symptoms I was astounded to learn that vision problems are a CAUSE of, not a by-product of, many ASD symptoms. …

Educational Alternatives

Educational Alternatives

Educational Alternatives

by Patricia S. Lemer, Ms.Bus., NCC, Chairman of the Board, Epidemic Answers Imagine — a ten year old boy attending his fifth school in six years!  His mother consulted me last spring, hopeful that I knew about a special place where her son with Asperger’s syndrome would thrive, not just be tolerated. Unfortunately, there is no such place, I told her.  She described a wish to start a new school for her son and others like him.  She wanted a challenging cognitive curriculum, an art room, computers, hands-on science, and other experiential activities that respected her son’s sensory needs to touch and move, and his interest in technology. Today, he and a peer work together in a close-to-ideal classroom. Although many other families expressed interest in such a project and came to preliminary meetings, they all made other arrangements for fall. Some returned to public schools, determined to fight harder for their children’s rights.  A few found places in forgiving…

Biomedical Testing for Autism, ADHD, SPD and Chronic Disorders

Biomedical Testing for Autism, ADHD, SPD and Chronic Disorders

Biomedical Testing for Autism, ADHD, SPD and Chronic Disorders

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, Co-Founder, Developmental Delay Resources Medical testing has changed dramatically over the last few years, despite our attempts to cling to the illusions of the past.  The familiar family doctor, who knew which test to order, to evaluate every possible problem, is long gone.  This blog post is about biomedical testing for autism, ADHD, SPD and chronic disorders such as asthma, allergies and mood disorders. Today, often a harried stranger is trying to serve too many patients while being relentlessly pressured by laboratories, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms to run tests, prescribe drugs, and save money, all at the same time. For the families of children with developmental delays, seeking medical care is more complex because there is no standard protocol for such a diverse population.  The tests sold to insurance companies-and, therefore, to you through your doctor because they are reimbursable – are useful for only a small percentage of the developmentally-delayed population. For instance,…

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Report (June 1994), Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), an effective treatment for stroke patients, has been successful for a 3 year old child with autism.  Michael would not talk, avoided all eye contact with others, and was completely disinterested in his environment.  He was content to sit most of the day. Michael had been extensively tested, but no one had determined a possible cause for his disability.  Finally, one physician, Dr. James Parsons, in Orlando, Florida, theorized that perhaps Michael had had a stroke at birth; the birth trauma could have resulted in neurological complications which later caused his autistic withdrawal and inability to speak. After approximately 19 treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Michael began to look at others, make eye contact, recognize and acknowledge individuals.  He developed a good sense of humor, learning to laugh when others laughed, and participated more actively in his speech therapy.  His parents are optimistic that he will talk…

Craniosacral Therapy for Developmental Delays

Craniosacral Therapy for Developmental Delays

Craniosacral Therapy for Developmental Delays

by Carol Douglass, R.N. Craniosacral therapy for developmental delays, developed by Dr. John Upledger, is a gentle, relaxing, hands on therapy that can help children and families deal with some of the physical and emotional issues that are common to autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder. The Craniosacral System The bones of the skull and the spinal column are encased in a three-layered membrane system called the meninges. These membranes hold and protect the core of our nervous system: the brain, the spinal cord, and a clear, nutrient-rich fluid called the cerebro-spinal fluid.  The dura mater (outermost meningeal layer) forms a fluid barrier, creating a semi-closed hydraulic system. As the system’s fluid pressure rises and falls, it creates the craniosacral rhythm, a subtle expansion and contraction that can be felt anywhere on the body by a trained therapist. The craniosacral system is crucial to overall functioning because it houses not only the brain and spinal cord, but the…

ADD and ADHD Causes

ADD and ADHD Causes

ADD and ADHD Causes

by Kelly Dorfman, M.S., Nutritionist, Co-founder, Developmental Delay Resources Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity, is a subjective diagnosis that physicians apply to a standardized cluster of behaviors and symptoms.  What are ADD and ADHD causes? I view ADD to be on the “less severe” extreme the autistic spectrum, with PDD (pervasive developmental delay) and autism on the “most severe” end.  Doctors sometimes “upgrade” autism or PDD to ADD as sensory and cognitive function improve. Identifying the causes of ADD assists me in determining effective treatments. Attention deficits result when one or more of the following areas is affected. 1. Biochemical/Nutritional Nutrition alters brain chemistry.  When nutrition is compromised, the body is more likely to absorb toxins, causing further distress. Keeping a record of your child’s nutritional intake over several days can be enlightening.  Look for these commonalities: A high carbohydrate or sugary diet; Over two cups of juice or sweetened drinks per day; Limited or no vegetables-…

Why Do 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Now?

Why Do 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Now?

Why Do 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Now?

Are you scared yet?  If you’re thinking of having children, you should be VERY concerned that the autism rate has gone from: 1 in 10,000 children in 1980, to 1 in 150 children in 2002, to 1 in 88 children in 2012, to 1 in 68 children in 2014.  That’s almost TWO PERCENT of the pediatric population! We’re not buying that this is due to better diagnosis.  Ask any teacher who’s been around for over 20 years, and he or she will tell you that, yes, children today have a far greater number of health, developmental, learning and behavioral issues than children did 20 years ago. We believe this is a profound epidemic affecting today’s children. It’s Not Just an Autism Epidemic We know that there isn’t just an epidemic of autism.  There are also epidemics of PDD-NOS, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, mitochondrial dysfunction, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases and neurological, behavioral, digestive disorders. When will you wake up…