SOURCE: Authors Andrew and Melissa Areffi

Authors Andrew and Melissa Areffi

April 01, 2013 09:00 ET

"Navigating Autism" Authors Share 10 Tips for Parents Faced With Autism Diagnosis to Kick Off National Autism Awareness Month

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 1, 2013) - In support of National Autism Awareness Month in April, the authors of "Navigating Autism: The Essential How-to By Parents for Parents" -- Andrew and Melissa Areffi -- are sharing 10 Tips with parents who are faced with a diagnosis of Autism for one or more of their children.

The Areffis are parents of three youngsters diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, and wrote "Navigating Autism" as an empowering "how-to" guide to help parents work through educational, governmental and medical obstacles to obtain critical assistance for their autistic kids. It also offers warm, honest anecdotes about the Areffi's own experiences, providing inspiration and support to any parent going through the autistic journey.

In the same spirit as the book, the Areffis have compiled the following 10 Tips for Parents to consider if their child has been or may be diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.

1. Manage expectations - This is a marathon not a sprint; you're not going to fix this overnight.
2. Get early intervention ASAP - All studies have shown the earlier the better.
3. Learn the techniques - The therapist won't live with you 24/7; you will have to do this, too.
4. Learn the lingo - Autism experts use a boatload of acronyms, you need to communicate with them.
5. Take care of yourself - You're allowed to have fun and you can't advocate for your child if you're burned out.
6. Don't lock yourself away - You need and your child needs to be exposed to the world outside.
7. Watch out for each other - Divorce and caregiver depression is a big concern.
8. Don't try to do it alone - Have a support system of family and friends who can help out.
9. Give up services when you're done - There are 50,000 kids diagnosed every year and limited resources.
10. Don't blame yourself - When you can forgive yourself, you put the focus on them.

Published by Amazon ($24.95,, "Navigating Autism" is the first book of its kind to gather all of the necessary information about autism in one place and lay out specific instructions for parents. It demonstrates how to decode the jargon of therapists and teaches parents a way of thinking that will allow them to navigate the system of medical and educational administration in which they find themselves. 

Information about "Navigating Autism" and the Areffis can be found online at the book's official website -- -- in addition to social networking sites at, and

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