THE AUTISM PARENTS' GUIDE TO RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE is Released
New York, New York
Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC (http://yourautismcoach.com) and the mother of an 18-year-old, non-verbal son with autism, has just published an innovative and life-affirming guide written specifically for and completely about the parents of autistic children.
The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life provides parents with proven techniques and realistic strategies to help overcome the challenges of raising a child with autism, while focusing on building a rewarding life for themselves. It is designed for those parents who have just been handed the diagnosis, as well as those who have been dealing with the autism journey for years.
Throughout the book, Picon takes parents by the hand starting with the day they get the autism diagnosis and shows them how to adapt to this new life by building an autism "battle plan" for conquering these circumstances effectively. She confronts the five stages of a parent's reaction, along with the potential for "nuclear side effects" - all of which combine in some form or fashion to create what she calls the "Autism Parents' Spectrum Disorder."
The book also addresses the impact that autism has on the whole family, as well as how to manage expectations regarding possible treatments.
In the last section of the book, Picon refers to autism as "the enemy" to the parents, an enemy that can take away their mental and physical health, their time and money, their relationships, their career, and all the joy in their lives...if they let it. Therefore, she says that parents should declare war on this enemy, and she provides detailed instructions for building a comprehensive, yet doable battle plan that deals with autism head on. What's the ultimate objective? To empower everyone concerned and enable each member of the family to have the most fulfilling life possible.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 68 U.S. children now has an autism spectrum disorder, which is an increase of more than 30 percent from the 2008 report. These dramatic increases mean that more and more parents will need guidance and support to help deal with this new and unexpected life that has been thrust upon them.
"Hearing those four little words, 'Your child has autism,' can hit parents like a Mack Truck, leaving them scared, confused, and overwhelmed," said Picon. "Once that happens, how can anyone possibly be expected to take care of their special needs child when they can barely take care of themselves? That's why I wrote this book: to let parents know they're going to be okay - and that they can do a good job raising their child and still have a successful life."
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About Deanna Picon
Deanna Picon is the founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC. The company provides personalized guidance and support for parents, along with seminars that give parents coping strategies and proven techniques to maintain a healthy emotional outlook. Deanna brings more than 20 years of professional coaching and management development experience to her work, including roles at major Fortune 500 companies such as McGraw-Hill, American Express and Avon Products. Deanna lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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