Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children

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 this book explains what parents are going through – and how they can cope with their own emotional upheaval – for their own sake, and for the well being of the whole family. This book 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.

© 2015 Rita Eichenstein PhD
Audience: Parent
ISBN: 9780399171765
Language: Eng