New Coaching Service to Provide Support and Coping Strategies for Parents of Autistic and Special Needs Children

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Your Autism Coach has launched a comprehensive program of personalized guidance and support for parents and caregivers of autistic and special needs children. The parent support program includes individual coaching sessions, which are conducted via telephone and afford parents convenience, flexibility and confidentiality. The company provides an independent sounding board and resource for parents. To arrange a complimentary coaching session, parents can call (866) 372-9421 or visit http://www.yourautismcoach.com.

With autism rising to near epidemic proportions nationwide, Your Autism Coach (YAC), has launched a comprehensive program of personalized guidance and support for parents and caregivers of autistic and special needs children.

The New York-based company provides an independent sounding board and resource for parents faced with such issues as isolation, depression and strained marital and family relationships.

The coaching sessions are conducted via telephone, usually at home, to afford parents convenience, flexibility and confidentiality. This approach is also cost-effective, eliminating the expense and time of traveling to an appointment. For additional information or to arrange a complimentary coaching session, parents can call (866) 372-9421 or visit http://www.yourautismcoach.com. YAC also conducts workshops and tele-seminars to teach parents how to cope with the situation and maintain a healthy, emotional outlook.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 1 in 150 children is on the autism spectrum. The numbers are expected to increase significantly over the next few years as more children are evaluated and identified as being autistic. A diagnosis of autism is heartbreaking for parents, who have to struggle to find appropriate educational programs and therapeutic services, and also deal with the personal and family consequences of having an autistic child.

"As a parent of a 12 year-old, autistic boy, I know firsthand the unique challenges and special joys of raising a child with a disability. Parents have to be proactive about seeking treatment for their children, but also realistic to know that they need help for themselves as well," said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach. "It's critical that parents address their own needs, so they can move forward and implement the proper care for their children."

Parent Success Strategies

According to Your Autism Coach, parents should consider applying these tips:

  • Give Yourself Permission to Feel and Heal. Accepting your child has a disability is not easy.

Parents experience a roller coaster of emotions: denial, anger and hopelessness. These reactions are perfectly normal. Take as much time as you need to process everything, whether
it is days, months or years. There's no set timetable for healing and acceptance.

  • Avoid isolation. Always remember, you are not alone. Your friends and family care about you. Ask for help and seek professional support, if appropriate. It's not your fault that your child has

a disability; there is nothing to be ashamed of. And don't worry about what other people think.

  • Separate the diagnosis from the child. Raising a child with a disability does alter your life. However, it shouldn't change the love you have for your child and the strong bond that naturally develops over time. Don't allow the disability to be the focus of your relationship.
  • Make yourself a priority. Eat properly, get rest and exercise regularly. You might want to explore meditation or other relaxation techniques. Good health is key to your emotional well-being.
  • Reward yourself. Being a parent of any child is a hard job. Do something nice for yourself each week, no matter how small. Continue to participate in activities, hobbies and events that you enjoy, and don't feel guilty about it.
  • Advocate for your child. Partner with teachers, therapists, physicians and other professionals to create the best program for your child. Keep up-to-date on the latest research, services and programs. Attend educational conferences and seminars. Network with other parents.

Your Autism Coach is committed to providing superior coaching services that address the issues and concerns of parents of autistic and special needs children.

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