Patricia S. Lemer
Author, Lecturer, counselor, educator
Patricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years.
She is the author of numerous articles, chapters in books, and the blog, "After the Diagnosis, Then What?" Her books include EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2008), Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention (2014) and Outsmarting Autism, Updated and Expanded: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages (2019).
She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years. DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013. Patricia served as Board Chair for 3 years, and then retired from the Board. After combining the two organizations, over 400 articles from 15 years of DDR newsletters were updated and appear on the Epidemic Answers website. Patricia's books on Outsmarting Autism are a part of the curriculum for the Epidemic Answers Health Coach Training Program, in which she delivers 3 modules.
She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University.
Ms. Lemer teaches continuing education courses about the role of vision disorders in developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders. She also lectures widely on Prioritizing Therapies for those with delays. From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait.
In 2019, Ms. Lemer, "The Diagnostic Diva" launched a weekly podcast, "I Have A Child Who..." with Kristi Wees, "The Curious Chemist. The goal is to bring back some old ideas to a new generation of parents and practitioners. Each week Patricia and Kristi interview pioneers in a variety of therapies, such as nutritional medicine, that have been forgotten or not given the respect they deserve because of the predominant use of pharmaceuticals and therapies that treat symptoms rather than target underlying causes.
Ms. Lemer is on the faculty of the Osher Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, where she shares her knowledge about autism and staying healthy in a toxic world with seniors and retirees.
Patricia lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006. She is a world traveler, having recently visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Barcelona, and Paris. For relaxation she makes one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry, quilts, and knitted apparel.