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Deanna Picon

Deanna Picon is founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC, which provides personalized guidance, support and seminars for parents of special needs children.  She is a parent of a non-verbal, young man with autism.  Deanna is the author of "The Autism Parents' Guide to Reclaiming Your Life,"  which is available at www.amazon.com She can be reached through her website at www.yourautismcoach.com

Beaches Turks and Caicos: Paradise for Special Needs Families

Beaches Turks and Caicos: Paradise for Special Needs Families https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/paradise-for-special-needs-families/

One wouldn’t think you need superior negotiating skills to plan a family vacation, but that’s the case when dealing with my husband. I suggest beautiful vacation destinations, with hotels that offer childcare services, only to hear “No way!” And why is that? Because Lorenzo, our non-verbal, young adult son has autism and according to Tony, […]

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Welcome To The Special Needs Parent Club

Welcome To The Special Needs Parent Club https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/welcome-special-needs-parent-club/

The other day, I was reading a People Magazine article about actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her battle with breast cancer. Fortunately, she’s in recovery and getting back to her normal life. But what struck me most about her article were these comments: “I can’t say it’s a club I ever really wanted to be a […]

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Ten Tips To Help Special Needs Parents During Autism Awareness Month

Ten Tips To Help Special Needs Parents During Autism Awareness Month https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/tips-during-autism-awareness-month/

New York, NY, April 17, 2019 –  Raising a child with a disability, while trying to balance work and family responsibilities is no easy task for even the most dedicated parents. Managing all aspects of a special needs child daily living – including personal needs, school activities, therapy sessions and medical appointments– can be extremely […]

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Autism Parenting Magazine Author Provides FREE Holiday Tip Guide for Parents

Autism Parenting Magazine Author Provides FREE Holiday Tip Guide for Parents https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/holiday-tip-guide-for-parents/

During the busy and event-filled holiday season, parents of special needs children are often depressed and isolated. Many mothers and fathers feel as though a spotlight is being shined on their lives, and that their families fail to measure up to the so-called “normal” families portrayed in ads, TV programs, and movies. This can create […]

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Seven Ways To Strengthen A Special Needs Friendship

Seven Ways To Strengthen A Special Needs Friendship https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-to-strengthen-special-friendship/

“Maria and Toni are going to be so surprised when they come over. I can’t wait to see the expression on their faces when I tell them the truth.” They think we’re having a barbeque in my backyard but it’s not true. In reality, I’m treating them to a special lunch at our favorite Italian […]

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Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads

Seven Heartfelt Father’s Day Gifts For Special Needs Dads https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gifts-for-special-needs-dads/

Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I appreciate you and the important role you play in my life. There’s no greeting card that could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. Fathering a special needs child requires inner strength, patience and extraordinary love for one’s son […]

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7 Tips For an Amazing School Year With Your Special Needs Child

7 Tips For an Amazing School Year With Your Special Needs Child

All parents anticipate the dreaded, back-to-school supplies list. It’s the first day and your child comes home with a book bag full of information. After reviewing everything, you rub your tired eyes, and wonder when you’ll have the time to pick up notebooks, pencils, hand wipes, and all the other things your child will need […]

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Five Tips For Enjoying the Season with Your Special Needs Child

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You just got off the phone with your cousin.  She’s excited about her holiday dinner and wants you and your family to come.  It’s a tempting offer.  She’s cooking holiday favorites, inviting people you haven’t seen in ages and buying small gifts for all the kids. But you’re thinking of declining; somehow, you just can’t […]

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5 Ways For Back To School Success With Your Special Needs Grandchild

Back-to-School Success with Special Needs Grandchild

Dear Mom and Dad, I’m writing this letter on National Grandparents Day to let you know how much I appreciate you and the important role you play in my family’s life.  There’s no greeting card that could possibly tell you how much you mean to us. I know that having a special needs grandchild can […]

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