Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.

Do You Feel Sorry for Your Atypical Child?

Do You Feel Sorry for Your Atypical Child?

(Sep. 17, 2015) - 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.


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

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

(Aug. 31, 2015) - 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.


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

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

(Jul. 30, 2015) - 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.


Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

(May. 27, 2015) - 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.


How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child

How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child

(Jan. 26, 2015) - 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.


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

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

(Jan. 08, 2015) - 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.


Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis

(Jul. 28, 2014) - 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.


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

(Nov. 21, 2013) - 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.


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