Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Seven Tips to Help Parents This Autism Awareness Month

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Seven Tips to Help Parents This Autism Awareness Month

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Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC (http://yourautismcoach.com) and author of The Autism Parents' Guide to Reclaiming Your Life has declared Saturday, April 11 as a day for family members and friends to support the parents of children with autism. Apply these simple tips to make a difference in the lives of special needs parents:

* Give a well-deserved break. Managing all aspects of a child's daily living, including personal needs, school activities, therapy and medical appointments can leave parents little personal time. Offer to watch their child at home or take him/her to a park, museum or movie for a few hours.

* Run an errand. Pick up some groceries when you shop or drop off some clothes at the dry cleaners. It's one less, time-consuming task on their long "To Do" List.

* Share household tasks. Wash some dishes, a load of clothes or help clean the child's room. An extra pair of hands is always welcome. …

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