About Me and Making Lemonade

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Greater Columbus, OH, United States
I am a Christian, wife, mom of two lovable boys that have autism, leader of a parent support group and a blogger. The blog and support Group are for parents of exceptional children with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral and Developmental Delays, etc. Meetings are held in the Greater Columbus, Ohio area every Wednesday morning at DCBDD in Lewis Center and the first Tuesday of each month at Pediatric Therapy Partners also in Lewis Center.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013



 I am so sad to say, that for a while, there will not be a support group meeting on Wednesday mornings or Tuesday evenings.  I have started homeschooling my oldest and will be unable to make the meetings.  This is not the end of Making Lemonade.  I am in the process of making arrangements so that I may have a morning that we can meet.  I will keep you posted.  Please stay in contact through this FB page, email and the blog: 


Lee Anne

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Spring is here and the sun is out - today!  After a few weeks of my family having some sort of illness, I am revitalized by the sunshine!!  My boys have started baseball practice with the Westerville Challenger's Baseball and Equestrian Therapy with EquiValent Riding Center.  These are both special needs related programs that provide outdoor fun!  You can find details for these programs, and others, at http://parentsmakinglemonade.blogspot.com under the "resources" tab.

Weekly Making Lemonade support group meetings are held every Wednesday morning at 
9:30 am at DCBDD in Lewis Center.  See the "support group meetings tab" within this blog for additional details.  The meetings will continue throughout the school year, take a summer break and resume when school begins in the fall.


Last spring meeting:  Wednesday, May 29, 2013
First fall meeting:  Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monthly Making Lemonade support group meetings will be held throughout the entire year on the first Tuesday evening of each month at 7:30 pm. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Pediatric Therapy Partners.


Delaware County Sheriff's Office will have a representative at our Wednesday morning Making Lemonade meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:30 am at DCBDD in Lewis Center.  Lt. David Butler will be presenting information on the "PROJECT LIFE SAVER" PROGRAM.  The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.  

Check out:


for my latest post on tips for parents.  These are ideas and resources provided by parents that attend our weekly meetings.

Have a great week!  I hope to see everyone again tomorrow morning at Making Lemonade!!

Tips for Special Needs Families From the Pros (Mom's)

Tips for Special Needs Families From the Pros (Mom's)

Making Lemonade is a support system for parents of exceptional children.  Our goals are to share support, encouragement and resources with other parents.  Our children are not exactly alike, but as parents of exceptional children, we have a lot in common.  Being able to relate to each other and learn from each other is invaluable.  

At the Making Lemonade weekly meetings we have an opportunity to express our joys and challenges with each other.  This is therapeutic and revitalizing.  Sharing resources is something else that we can take away from each meeting, blog post or email.

We have started a "TIP JAR"  at our local group meetings on Wednesday mornings.  This has been a fun way to learn about helpful tips that have been tested and proved to be effective.  These tips vary from helpful items to concepts that have proven successful. One week we did a "Real Food" recipe exchange.  


LOCK LACES - Some of our kids have difficulty learning how to tie shoe laces.  Whether there is a fine motor delay or the concept is hard to grasp, elementary school aged children with exceptions take longer to learn this skill.  Once a child passes kid's size 3, it is very difficult to find shoes that velcro shut.  Lock Laces are an elastic shoelace and fastening system designed for runners and people with special needs.  The laces have a plastic slide that locks in place, no tying necessary.

IF YOU CARE - Unbleached, non-toxic paper baking products.  Their variety of products include muffin liners, parchment paper and coffee filters.  

LEGOS VS. CANDY  - Rather than candy in Easter Eggs, place Lego pieces in each egg.  No high fructose corn syrup or dyes!  Plus, how fun to be able to put together Lego's after the Easter Egg Hunt.

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER TUTORING - Year round tutoring services for all grades and college prep.  They DO offer tutoring for EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS!  Whether your child has a learning delay, autism or just difficulty in a particular subject, Sylvan instructors work with ALL types of students.  

PALEO "GIRL SCOUT THIN MINT" RECIPE - My all time favorite Girl Scout cookie in a gluten free version!  Find the recipe at Elana's Pantry or click here:  Paleo Thin Mints

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Meeting Tonight and Tomorrow Morning


Tonight is the evening Making Lemonade meeting at 7:00 pm.  We will be meeting at Pediatric Therapy Partners in Lewis Center.  

Tomorrow morning is our weekly Wednesday morning meeting.  We start at 9:30 am and meet at DDBDD in Lewis Center.  

Hope to see everyone either tonight or tomorrow morning!  Please spread the word!!  

Also, TODAY, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 is Autism Awareness Day!  Stop by Home Depot to purchase blue light bulbs so you can "Light it Up Blue" this evening!!  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

No Meeting Wednesday

Reminder: there is NO Making Lemonade meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Hope to see everyone next week!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Light It Up Blue for Autism April 2, 2013

Light It Up Blue For Autism April 2, 2013
Light It Up Blue
Light It Up Blue For Autism April 2, 2013.  Autism Speaks started the concept of using blue light bulbs for one day during April to kick off "Autism Awareness Month" and help in raising awareness.
blue light bulb
You can also go to my page that is set up at http://lightitupblue.org and donate to Autism Speaks.
Bulbs can also be purchased at most Walmart's and lanterns can be purchased on coleman.com .  A portion of the purchase price for "Light It Up Blue" will be donated to Autism Speaks.
Another way to show your support for is to wear blue on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 also.  These blue tees can be purchased through Autism Speaks for $12.00.  They are dark blue and GLOW IN THE DARK!
Blue glow in the dark shirt
Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue. Last year the Empire State Building was lit in blue lights!!
It's easy and fun to Light It Up Blue! Register your Light It Up Blue events today. Whether you're joining as an individual, or the manager of a building, store, school, cultural institution, restaurant, or media entity, you can pledge to Light It Up Blue!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Making Lemonade Upcoming Meetings

Tomorrow morning is our Wednesday support group meeting at 9:30 at DCBDD. The weekly meetings have been going very well. There are quite a few regular attenders!! I walk away inspired and a little wiser every time!!! Thank you everyone.

We will NOT be meeting next Wednesday, March 27, 2013 due to Olentangy Schools being on Spring Break. I hope everyone gets to enjoy their extra time with their precious children!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 will be our next evening meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at Pediatric Therapy Partners.