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Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.

Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.

Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D., is a leading pediatric neuropsychologist, renowned in the field of child development, and author of “Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children (Perigee, April 7, 2015 ) and the popular blog Positively Atypical (positivelyatypical.com). An expert in the fields of child development and special education, Dr. Eichenstein maintains a private practice specializing in child assessment and counseling parents with atypical children. For more information, go to drritaeichenstein.com.

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Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. Articles (8)

Do You Feel Sorry for Your Atypical Child?

Feeling sorry for a child who struggles with a special need is a common, understandable reaction from a loving parent. But it's not going to help your kid. Here's how to adopt a new mindset that will.

Sep. 17, 2015

7 Things to Do After Your Child's Special Needs Diagnosis

Receiving a special needs diagnosis for your child can be overwhelming. Here are seven steps to follow that will put you on the right path from the beginning.

Aug. 31, 2015

Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Parents' attitudes have a tremendous impact on how their children experience school, especially if the child is an atypical learner. Here, seven ways to adjust your attitude that will set your child on a path to success in school and beyond.

Jul. 30, 2015

Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

Your child with autism wants to form a secure bond with you, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Part of the challenge is learning to understand signals: developing insight into how your child’s mind works, trying to see the world as he or she sees it, and not comparing your parenting skills with those of a parent of typical children.

May. 27, 2015

How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child

How do we help our children understand their issues and teach them to advocate for themselves? Demystifying a child’s condition—that is, telling children what their issues are and helping them come to grips with it—is an important and often overlooked part of parenting an atypical child.

Jan. 26, 2015

What to Do if Your Child Has Challenging Symptoms but No Official Diagnosis

Your child has challenging symptoms, but no diagnosis. That means no official services, and plenty of frustrations. You know your child is different, yet it would be so much easier to deal with the difference if there was a label attached. Here’s help.

Jan. 08, 2015

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis

From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis.

Jul. 28, 2014

What to Do When You're at the End of Your Rope

As parents, we all have meltdowns now and then. Dr. Rita Eichenstein suggests key ways to deal with stress and frustration that will help you avoid the "end of the rope" and help you and your family feel happier.

Nov. 21, 2013

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