In his new book, From Struggle to Strength: A Father’s Journey with Autism and the Power of Hope and Positivity, author Harry Psaros details his family’s experience with autism, emphasizing the importance of mental strength in raising a child on the spectrum without providing a step-by-step guide. He aims to provide a clear roadmap for families with autistic children, promoting a mindset of hope, resilience, grit and positivity.

In his book, Harry chronicles the tumultuous journey of raising his son Gus, who was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of three. He vividly depicts the rollercoaster of emotions, challenges, and triumphs that his family endured from the initial diagnosis onward. Harry spares no details, giving readers an unfiltered glimpse into the raw pain and grief of accepting such a diagnosis for a young child. However, he quickly transitions to outlining the strategies and mindset shifts that enabled his family to power through the hardest days. Chief among them was the synergistic partnership between him and his wife in seeking solutions for Gus; together they became a formidable team advocating for their son. Harry also stresses the importance of building a diverse support network, from extended family to professionals, that could provide help or advice when needed. Recognizing the toll special needs parenting takes, Harry emphasizes the necessity of self-care for the whole family’s wellbeing. Most significantly, Harry focuses on the small daily victories, using a “2% rule” to celebrate microscopic improvements that add up over time. He credits an optimistic outlook and resolute perseverance, even in their darkest moments, for the progress they achieved. Harry poignantly describes how Gus’s sibling Max compassionately pitched in to support him in his own way. Now an adult, Gus has surpassed all expectations, which Harry attributes to the unwavering love, faith and tenacity of a family who never stopped believing in their son’s potential.

From Struggle to Strength: A Father’s Journey with Autism and the Power of Hope and Positivity is an essential read for parents of children on the autism spectrum and those seeking a deeper comprehension of autism. Harry Psaros, with his influential voice, fills a void in the autism community, particularly among male perspectives.

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A devoted family man, Harry Psaros has been happily married to his wife Michelle for 24 years and is a proud father of two sons, Costa (“Gus”) and Maximos (“Max”). Originally from the steel town of Weirton, W.Va., Psaros has called McDonald, Pa., home for the past two decades. Professionally, Psaros serves as an executive neuroscience account specialist for AbbVie. He is on the board of directors for the Autism Caring Center, one of the founders of North Fayette P.A.L.S. (an organization for special needs children), president of North Fayette Township’s parks and recreation board, and vice president of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, W.Va. Known affectionately by fans as the “Pitt Guru,” he is a top social media influencer for University of Pittsburgh athletics and the senior writer for Pittsburgh Sports Now.