A Letter to Professionals who Work with Children, Parents, or Families-
My name is Juliet Marciano, MD, founder of Marciano Parent Coaching, LLC. I am a PCI Certified Parent Coach, a retired pediatrician, and a mother of four young adults, several with extra needs.
You may not realize how much the families in your practice and community are struggling and suffering. When a child has special needs or extra needs, the whole family is affected. Even if the parents are able to find the therapists, specialists, and doctors for their child, often the parenting challenges go unaddressed. Parents wonder how to parent a child whose “extra needs” require extra time, extra patience, extra energy, and extra parenting strategies to guide them through life, and they wonder how to help the siblings with their extra challenges.
Most parents of children with special needs and extra needs are still struggling to figure out what this challenge means for their parenting dreams and what is possible for their family given their new “reality”.
Often, they are exhausted. They feel lonely and isolated. They feel that nobody understands what they are going through. Some parents are judged and criticized by family members and strangers alike. They are confused and struggling to understand their children and their behavior. Their parenting experience isn't anything like what they imagined it would be, and they often wonder how they will meet the needs of ALL their children when one of them is requiring so much of the family's time and energy and so many emotional and financial resources. They want to feel calmer and less stressed despite their stressful situation, and they have often sacrificed their own self-care and wonder how much longer they can keep up.
These families are in need of assistance with improving the quality of their family life, dealing with the current family struggles, and laying the groundwork for a deeper connection to sustain them as they prepare for what may be a challenging future.
These are the families I help.
I work with parents of children with special needs, extra needs, different needs, and high needs and help them have a calmer, more connected, more conscious, and more confident parenting experience.
I work with parents whose children have any physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, or learning difference.
These include children with challenges, such as Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities or Learning Challenges, and mental health challenges such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Mood Disorders.
I also help any family with a child who requires extra doctor visits, therapy sessions, school accommodations, special diets, supplements, medications, or parenting strategies. I work with parents whose family is struggling to understand and manage “big emotions” or challenging behaviors or is trying to support their child’s extra needs while experiencing a challenge such as a divorce or the illness of a parent or family member, a new sibling, a death in the family, or a change in family living arrangements or family dynamics.
As a retired pediatrician and a parent of children who faced their own challenges and struggles, I know how difficult it can be for a parent in a situation that requires an exceptional degree of mental and physical stamina.
When my children were younger and diagnosed with special needs, I experienced first-hand the lack of knowledgeable parenting support for a parent facing the enormous challenges not only of parenting ill children, but also trying to meet the increased demands of their siblings, as well as maintaining some degree of self-care. Seventeen years ago I retired from the practice of pediatrics to be able to spend more time with my own children as they were growing up, and I made it my mission to educate myself by reading books and articles, attending lectures, conferences, classes, and seminars, and taking courses so that I could not only be the parent my children needed me to be, but also to be able to help other parents so that they didn’t have to face their parenting challenges alone.
As a PCI Certified Parent Coach® I have completed an intensive year-long graduate level program with the Parent Coaching Institute/Parent Coach International, and not only provide information to parents but also work with them to bring about the transformative change they desire in their lives. In my coaching, I incorporate the most current teachings of the thought-leaders of today in the areas of parenting, mindfulness, neuroscience, resilience, conscious parenting, problem-solving, motivation, and managing a healthy relationship with digital media and screen technology.
I work exclusively with parents or other caregivers, and, although I have been trained in and have actively practiced pediatrics in the past, I am no longer practicing medicine in any capacity or giving medical advice. I am not involved in providing medical care or managing medical aspects of the children.
Because my coaching is done by phone or video calls, and I have flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, I am able to accommodate the scheduling needs of most parents without the need for child-care, travel time, and waiting rooms.
I offer parents coaching guidance in a knowledgeable, understanding, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner and help parents reclaim the joy of parenting no matter what challenges they face or struggles they encounter.
Contact me if you would like to learn more about the many ways I can help the families in your practice and community.
I am honored to be a valuable resource assisting other professionals in meeting the needs of children and families.
As a parent of children with special needs, I experienced years of suffering, frustration, searching, loneliness, and pain. Now I’m able to be the parent coach I wish that I had back then!
Juliet Marciano, MD, PCI Certified Parent Coach®
Marciano Parent Coaching, LLC
“Coaching Toward Connection”