Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children: Now Available Online or in Stores!


 Publishers Weekly                            Review:

Though parenting any child can be demanding, pediatric neuropsychologist Eichenstein understands that particular challenges face the parents of “atypical” children, identified in this helpful manual as those who have “developmental, psychological, or learning disorders” or exhibit problematic behavior. She explains the neurobiology behind the feelings commonly experienced by such parents, including loss, denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, illustrated with relatable stories of the families with whom she’s worked. Eichenstein strongly counsels readers to trust the experts when it comes to diagnoses, remediation, and treatment. For her part, she offers therapeutic tools derived from cognitive psychology and her own long practice. She also addresses a range of pediatric disorders, including ADHD, autism, intellectual disability, and OCD. Her tone throughout maintains the “patient, positive, and optimistic outlook” that she wants to help parents cultivate. Indeed, any parent might benefit from the techniques outlined here. Sage and consistently reassuring, Eichenstein’s manual is a self-help book of the best kind, a road map for an emotionally fraught journey that illustrates how parenting itself can become an avenue for personal growth.


1 thought on “Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children: Now Available Online or in Stores!

  1. This book has changed my outlook on raising my son who suffers from ADHD and ODD. I didn’t search for this book…it found me on the shelf at Barnes and Nobles as I walked past it towards the childrens’ section. I don’t think it was a coinicidence, it was fate. Exeriencing everything the book discusses in detail made me aware that my suffering was affecting my son and family. Thank you for writing a book that explains how living with an atypical child can be difficult and depressing and for providing help and hope along the way. You have given me the will to improve my mindset for the sake of my family. I have already recommended it to other mother’s in similar situations. Thank you again for helping me down a path towards acceptance and unconditional love for my son. I am forever grateful!

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