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Herself the mother of a non-verbal, autistic son, autism coach Picon has created this unique instruction guide and manual to help parents reclaim their lives and take control again ... As practical and informative as it is 'user friendly' and reassuring, "The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life: How To Build The Best Life While Successfully Raising A Child With Autism" should be considered essential reading for any parent or family member having to deal with an autistic child.





Deanna Picon's passion and commitment is inspirational as she lovingly guides families affected by autism on their journey together. Her published works provides the reassuring support so many parents with special needs children seek on a daily basis. Deanna is a real asset to the autism community.



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This is the book that I believe should be recommended to all families who are touched with a child with autism. As the parent of a severely autistic child, I found the encouragements in this book to be uplifting. The author is spot on with her feeling that as parents, we begin to lose our own identity and become the parent of someone with autism. We get burned out and just plain exhausted from dealing with the realities of autism on a daily basis. It is easy to have so much focus on our family, especially the one with autism, that we place ourselves on the back shelf. Yet, we have to learn to give ourselves some time and focus as well. We have to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit in order to truly be able to give our all to our family. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a child on the autism spectrum.



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"Love your child, hate the diagnosis and learn how to tell the difference."


As parents, who have heard the words 'Your child has Autism' twice, my husband and I often struggle.  The first time was when our eldest son was 7 and followed much debate between health and educational professionals. Six months later they retracted their diagnosis but now he is 12, they have put it back in place.  Although it is a cliche, our life is like a rollercoaster, with great days and bad ones.


Deanna Picon reaches out to all parents of an Autistic child, whether they are mothers, fathers, black, white, heterosexual or homosexual.  In the fight against the neurological condition which has such an impact on our children, we are all the same.


Deanna Picon is a voice we trust because we know she has been where we are, having raised an Autistic son who is now 18. Her writing is thoughtful and effective, but she keeps her points simple.  She recognizes that there is a journey towards full acceptance of the diagnosis, that we are all at different stages and that, after a bad day, it is easy to slip backwards, rather than moving forwards.


Ordinarily my husband and I are humble individuals, but when Deanna Picon calls parents of children with Autism 'heroes' we feel more confident in our roles and believe we can claim that title.


The book is written with a humor, we can relate to, used to address important issues which I know I struggle with; making 'me' time, prioritising time for your relationship and how to spend quality time with your other children.


We now believe that it is possible to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start back on our journey to reclaiming our lives and I know that this book will be helpful during dark times, for years to come.



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What a gem of a book about building the best life whilst caring for a autistic child. The special joys and experiences and shows how love needs no words. Its a roller coaster of a ride how it affects everyone, about shifting your mindset, how sometimes you also need guidance and recognizing and dealing with the challenges both you and your child face along the way but by using strategies it works.



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This was a very interesting read- perfect for families with newly diagnosed children. It reminds us that none of us have the life we expected to lead- but we can still enjoy the life we have. There will be tough days ahead- but you have to keep reminding yourself that you are doing a wonderful job for your young person. When there is what we call a 'Planet Autism' day- your child is still the child you love- it's the autism causing this present spell of behaviour. On the same vein- your child's behaviour can be down to the simple every day things that all children experience at some point, although they have autism they are a child first and foremost. They get tired, they get hungry etc!

There will be times when people around you give you 'that look'- we've all experienced that. You just have to remind yourself that the autism makes it extremely difficult for your child to cope in that particular situation. You are NOT a bad parent, your child is NOT a naughty child- they are just experiencing an overload of stimulation and finding it hard to cope.

It encourages you to take time for yourself- and whilst I agree that this is extremely important it isn't always that easy to find someone prepared to spend a few hours with your child whilst you have a few hours out of the house. It becomes more difficult the older they get. But I do agree with the advice that you need to take the time to be yourself at some point.