NEW YORK, NY, August 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When the diagnosis that a child has autism is given to parents, the focus is placed immediately on all the child's special needs. The pediatrician naturally provides the parents with a variety of treatment options and resources for their child, but may be unaware of how to support the parents, who have just been shocked by this devastating and life-changing news.
Few people ever seem to realize that parents in this situation have special needs, too.
Deanna Picon, a mother of an 18-year-old, non-verbal son with autism and an autism coach, has just published The Autism Parents' Guide to Reclaiming Your Life. This innovative and life-affirming guide is written specifically for and completely about the parents of autistic children. It provides parents with proven techniques and realistic strategies to help overcome the challenges of raising an autistic child, while focusing on building a rewarding life for themselves.
The Autism Parents' Guide to Reclaiming Your Life can be purchased at http://yourautismcoach.com and http://amazon.com, or by calling (347) 869-4705.
The book 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.
"As a pediatrician, the book provided me with an insight as to how a parent might react and process the different emotions that occur with a new diagnosis of autism," said Sheryl Cohen MD, Assistant Medical Director at PM Pediatrics in Syosset, N.Y. "It made me realize how important it is to not only address the needs of the child but to directly let the parents know that they need to take care of themselves. I would recommend this book to my fellow pediatricians, so they can suggest it to the parents of their patients.""
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.
Throughout the book, Picon takes parents by the hand starting with the day they get the autism diagnosis and shares strategies on how to adapt to this new life. She confronts the five stages of grief, 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 final section, Picon suggests that parents should "declare war" on this enemy called autism and shows them how to develop a comprehensive, yet doable battle plan for dealing with it effectively. This autism battle plan involves parents engaging cohesively with everyone closely associated with the child, including the spouse, other children, extended family and friends, educators, and an advisory council made up of pediatricians, neurologists, therapists, and other medical professionals.
"Throughout this autism journey, our pediatrician has been one of the most important advisors we have with regards to my son's treatment and well-being," said Picon. "The challenge is, we as parents are expected to process everything immediately, accept what's been handed to us, and 'stay strong' for our kids when sometimes it's just not what we're feeling. I believe that pediatricians can actually enhance the treatment of their patients by understanding what the parents are going through and offering the necessary support - and this book can help."
About Deanna Picon
Deanna Picon is the founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC (http://yourautismcoach.com). 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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