Seven Mother's Day Tips For Special Needs Moms

Celebrate Special Needs Moms

Author Deanna Picon Offers Ways To Help Moms Throughout The Year

On Mother's Day and throughout the year, let's celebrate these amazing, special needs moms. They deserve to be recognized for being the great parents they are.”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, May 10, 2018 / — Managing all facets of a special needs child daily living – medical, personal, school, therapy – while working and taking care of a home is no easy feat for even the most organized parent.

"As a mother of a non-verbal, 22-year-old, young man with autism, I know how hard it can be for mothers to manage all the pressures and responsibilities of raising a child with special needs," said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach,LLC and author of The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. "We frequently put ourselves on the back burner more often than not, but it's important for women to take care of themselves both physically and emotionally."

Mothers can apply these simple tips to have a wonderful Mother's Day and throughout the year.

● Make yourself a priority. This may be one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do, because you feel like your child should be the priority. Do it not for yourself, but for your child. Putting time toward your well-being now is like making an "investment" in your child's future.

● Remember who you are. It's very easy to allow an all-encompassing challenge like raising a child with a disability to define you. Like any parent, much of your life is going to be centered on your children, but that doesn't mean you should abandon the hobbies, events and activities you like doing, even if it's once a month. Ask a friend or family member to watch your child for a few hours, so you can do something you enjoy. Give yourself permission to have a good time and not feel guilty about it.

● Have some fun. Get together with your friends and family. Laugh, be playful and enjoy yourself. Go shopping or bowling. Visit a museum or attend a concert. Take advantage of the summer weather and go to the beach or have a picnic. It will do wonders for your emotional outlook to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

● Get healthy and fit. Try to get at least six hours of sleep a night, eat properly and get some exercise in; Spring is a perfect time to start an exercise program. You don't have to join an expensive diet plan or pay for a gym membership to do this. A 30-minute walk, three times a week, is not only excellent for your heart, but regular fresh air and exercise can also benefit your mental health. Bring along a friend for motivation and accountability. You may also want to explore meditation or other relaxation techniques.

● Keep in mind you’re human. No one’s perfect. You’re allowed to make mistakes, get angry, frustrated or even be a little sad at times. So cut yourself some slack every once in a while.

● Appreciate yourself. Do something nice for yourself, each week, no matter how small. It could be as simple as setting aside 30 minutes to watch your favorite TV show or calling a good friend to catch up. Buy something you've been wanting. Take yourself out to eat.

● Celebrate you! Know you're amazing. If anything, you're an even stronger and better person for having stepped up to the challenges of life with a special needs child.

Your Autism Coach, LLC ( provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of parents of special needs children. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. The Autism Parents' Guide To Reclaiming Your Life is available from Amazon ( and the author's website.

Deanna Picon
Your Autism Coach, LLC
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Source: EIN Presswire

Early Childhood Book from D.C. Publisher Promotes Attachment, Science Education, and Bilingual Learning

Beautiful addition to bilingual children’s literature celebrates the bond between parent and child with illustrations of animal babies

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, May 2, 2018 / — Platypus Media announces the release of a beautiful bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s book, Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado.

With warmpaintings of animal mothers tending to their cubs, pups, calves, and chicks, this bilingual book introduces the reader to animals and their behavior. Written by DiaL. Michels, the simple text and supplemental back matter will help parents, librarians, educators, and healthcare providers creatively describe how babies are cared for. The book introduces a range of early science concepts including habitats, family systems, and survival instincts.The book has already won a Purple Dragonfly Award and a Top Choice Award from Baby Maternity Magazine.

The images, depicting animal mothers as they lend a paw, wing, or flipper to care for their young,model attachment, breastfeeding, and caretaking. Dr. Sarah Reece-Stremtan, a pediatrician based in Washington, D.C., writes, "My two boys love this charming book. I really appreciate how it normalizes the nurturing relationship between parents and their children. It makes cuddling during story time that much sweeter."

The bilingual text can help readers develop language skills in English and Spanish. According to the Migration Policy Institute, “Dual Language Learners now make up nearly one-third of all children in the United States…. These children stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early learning opportunities.” Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado aims to provide these learning opportunities for bilingual children.

“The option of reading in Spanish or English opens this book to a large number of families,” adds Ryan Pontier, Ph.D., Early Childhood Bilingual Education Council Chair for the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The accompanying Teacher’s Guide is an excellent resource, available for free download in English and Spanish at It includes additional content and hands-on activities to develop cognitive skills and improve literacy.

“This book shows that animal families are not so different from human ones,” explains Michels, who is also the author of If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers. “I want children to think about how each species matures, survives, and what their communities look like—whether pride, flock, or family. Showing children this type of attachment in the natural world fosters empathy, kindness, and compassion.”

Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado will be released simultaneously in hardback, paperback, and eBook. It will also be released in an English-only edition in October 2018.

The book will be available in a two-book set with another new release, Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés. Together, these books about care and bonding create a foundation for healthy growth, introduce science topics, and encourage bilingualism. Both titles are part of Platypus Media’s new Beginnings collection.

Dia L. Michels is an internationally published, award-winningscience and parenting writerwho is committed to promoting attachment parenting. She has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults. She can be reached at

Mike Speiser’s beautiful images of mother and baby animals have appeared on the cover of National Geographic’s Wild Animal Baby magazine. His work can be seen at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. He can be reached at

Platypus Media is an independent press that creates products with a broad appeal to diverse families who believe in the importance of close family relationships for the full and healthy development of children. The publisher is committed to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and donates a percentage of profits to groups that work in this field.

Platypus Media products are available for direct purchase.They are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. Library bound editions are available from Children’s Plus. Review copies available upon request. Sample pages, cover scans, and Teacher’s Guide at

Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado
Platypus Media • June 2018
Written by Dia L. Michels • Illustrated by Mike Speiser
Bilingual English/Spanish• Ages 0-4 • 8.5” x 11” • 32 pages
Hardback ($14.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-96-1
Paperback ($9.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-95-4
eBook ($8.99) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-97-8

Cuddled and Carried [English only] • October 2018
Ages 0-4 • 8.5” x 11” • 32 pages
Hardback ($14.95) ISBN: 978-1-930775-99-2
Paperback ($9.95) ISBN: 978-1-930775-98-5
eBook ($8.99) ISBN: 978-1-930775-97-8

Nurtured and Nuzzled paperback book set ($17.95)
Includes Cuddled and Carried/ Consentido y cargado
and Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés
Bilingual ISBN: 978-1-930775-75-6
English ISBN: 978-1-930775-74-9

Anna Cohen
Platypus Media
202-546-1674 or 202-841-9946 (cell)
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire