Not What I Expected

Not What I Expected

Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children

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A pediatric neuropsychologist presents strategies to help parents of special-needs children navigate the emotional challenges they face.

As diagnosis rates continue to rise for autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other developmental differences, parents face a maze of medical, psychological, and educational choices - and a great deal of emotional stress. Many books address children's learning or behavior problems and advise parents what they can do to help their kids, but until Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children there were no books that explain what the parents are going through - and how they can cope with their own emotional upheaval - for their own sake, and for the wellbeing of the whole family.

With compassion, clarity, and an emphasis on practical solutions, Dr. Rita Eichenstein's Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children walks readers through the five stages of acceptance (similar to the stages of grief, but modified for parents of special-needs kids). Using vivid anecdotes and suggestions, she helps readers understand their own emotional experience, nurture themselves in addition to their kids, identify and address relationship wounds including tension in a marriage and struggles with children (special-needs and neurotypical), and embrace their child with acceptance, compassion and joy.
Publisher: New York, New York : A Perigee Book, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399171765
0399171762
Characteristics: xii, 256 pages ; 21 cm

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Mar 13, 2017

This book really helped me understand my emotional journey with my son who has recently been labeled with LD. I would highly recommend this book if you are struggling with your emotions in parenting. Acceptance is key.

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