Envisioning a Bright Future

Edited by Patricia S. Lemer

Are you
- A PARENT searching for the right interventions for your child?
- A PROFESSIONAL looking to enhance your treatments?
- An EDUCATOR exploring innovative ideas for the classroom?
- An ADULT trying to regain your health?

Then this is the ONLY guide to autism, ADD and learning disabilities you need to
- Discover how load factors accumulate and trigger symptoms
- Learn about the role of vision and visual issues in ASD
- Find out why a diagnosis doesn't determine treatment
- Regain hope and optimism for your children and students!


Sidney Baker
Samuel Berne
Barbara Brewitt
Judy Chiswell
Dorinne Davis.
Kelly Dorfman
Stephen M. Edelson.
Barbara Loe Fisher.
Melvin Kaplan.
Dietrich Klinghardt.
Carol Marusich
Brendan O'Hara.
Siegfried Othmer
Jon Pangborn
Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman
Mary Rentschler
Bernard Rimland
Randy Schulman
Elizabeth Hesse Sheehan
Nancy G. Torgerson
Robert Ullman
Anju Usman
Susan Varsammes

Editor Patricia S. Lemer is Co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR). She is a nationally certified counselor and has worked as an advocate for children with autism and related disorders for 40 years.


From the Optometric Community

"Optometry has only recently become involved with autism, and Patricia S. Lemer has been an important catalyst to foster this involvement. Her multifaceted career gave her appreciation for the role of vision and visual dysfunction in human behavior, particularly learning. The Optometric Extension Program has given her the opportunity to educate optometrists about the autism spectrum from the lecture platform over a number of years. In publishing this book it has extended Ms. Lemer's role considerably. The chapters provide a panoramic view of the autism spectrum for a diverse readership. It offers a superbly conceived and organized resource for educators, parents, and a wide range of health care professionals. Its presentations of management options and particularly the role that optometry plays in the care of patients with autism are invaluable."

Irwin B. Suchoff, OD, DOS, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor
State University of New York, State College of Optometry
Emeritus Editor, Journal of Behavioral Optometry (JBO)


"For anyone who has been a member of Patricia Lemer's Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), the wealth of information that Patty and her colleagues have to share regarding autism will come as no surprise. As good as DDR's newsletters, workshops and website (www.devdelay) are at integrating conventional and holistic approaches, no book to date has provided a cohesive trans-disciplinary framework in caring for the child with autism - particularly one that features Optometry. This phenomenal book fills that gap in providing the reader with a centralized source of timely and well-considered information. Ms. Lemer and her collaborators probe deeply into the substance behind tightly held conventional wisdom. Reading Envisioning a Bright Future will energize you; keep it on your desk to guide you in weighing interventions that make a difference."

Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Past President, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
Optometric Director, The Vision & Learning Center Fair Lawn, New Jersey


"At last! A very comprehensive reference about working with patients diagnosed with ADD, learning disabilities and autism. This handbook is not only for optometrists who want to know how to examine and treat individuals with these diagnoses, but also for parents, teachers and other professionals. Thank you OEP for publishing Patty's treatment model. I have watched it evolve for over 20 years, and believe that this book may be just what optometry needs to further educate the public about the important role of visual dysfunction in learning and behavior problems."

Lynn F. Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Englewood, CO
Past President, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)


From the Autism/ADD/LD Community

'Patricia Lemer's book offers clear and concise information to help professionals and parents better understand many of the pressing issues in autism. With chapters written by top experts in their fields, I recommend it highly."

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute (ARI)


"Patricia Lemer is an expert in prioritizing and integrating therapies. In this extremely well written, meticulously referenced book, she and top experts give parents and professionals a road map for working with children and adults on the spectrum. This guidebook should be close at hand for anyone who wants to leave no stone unturned in maximizing the potential for those with autism spectrum disorders."

Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Founder and CEO of US Autism & Asperger Association
Author and editor of six books including "Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes, a Parent-Physician Team Approach

"An interesting and thought provoking presentation of alternative approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorders, enriching the marketplace of ideas."

Patricia H. Latham, J.D., Washington, DC
Co-author of Learning Disabilities / ADHD and the Law

Softbound, 432 pages.