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New Book Empowers Parents Of Children With Autism To Reclaim Their Life

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC ( 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.

The book can be purchased at and, or by calling (347) 869-4705.

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 parents 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 livesif 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. Whats 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? Thats why I wrote this book: to let parents know theyre going to be okay and that they can do a good job raising their child and still have a successful life.

For media inquiries, go to to request a review copy or to download a full media kit.

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.


Deanna Picon

Your Autism Coach, LLC


(347) 869-4705

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NEST Fragrances Wins the Fragrance Foundation Award 2014 for Interior Scent Collection of the Year

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NEST Fragrances, a leading designer and manufacturer of luxury scented products for the bath, body and home, today announced that The Fragrance Foundation has selected the brands PASSION Home Fragrance Collection to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 award for Interior Scent Collection of the Year. The Fragrance Foundation Awards, which were given out on June 16 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, celebrate the global fragrance industry and its outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery.

When my husband and I met with the director of the National Institutes of Health shortly after our son was diagnosed as being severely autistic, he told us that if we could do for autism what Evelyn and Leonard Lauder have done for breast cancer, that would be the highest form of progress, said Laura Slatkin, Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances and Co-Founder and Board President of New York Collaborates for Autism. As I began my research, I quickly came to realize that Evelyn Lauder reversed the stigma of breast cancer, impacted science in an unprecedented way, and changed the landscape of modern philanthropy. I created PASSION to honor the memory and the extraordinary achievements of Evelyn, who founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and to thank her loving husband, Leonard, for keeping her legacy alive and continuing her important work. They have both been a tremendous inspiration to me.

PASSION combines the essences of blooming peony and dewy garden roses with warm sandalwood and a hint of flowering pittosporum, Evelyn Lauders beloved fragrance note. The outer packaging is adorned by a field of blooming pink peony flowers, an original design by Russian artist Alexander Solodukho. We are delighted to win this award and I thank The Fragrance Foundation for recognizing PASSIONs exquisite and sophisticated scent, continued Slatkin. I would also like to thank the very talented master perfumer Jerome Epinette of Robertet who helped me to develop this fragrance.

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