March 25, 2021
Parenting a Child With Special Needs
About The Episode
It’s a given. Parenting is hard work. Raising a child with special needs brings parenting to a whole new level; an unexpected journey. Nobody can really prepare you for it — you just have to live and learn and take it day-by-day, especially in a pandemic. Today’s podcast episode features Dr. Joaquin Burciaga, a neuropsychologist at CHC and dad of a daughter with special needs. Hear about Joaquin’s parenting journey, what he and his wife have learned, how they make it work for their family and find joy in the process. Listen today!
Dr. Joaquin Burciaga
Neuropsychologist at CHC
Dr. Burciaga specializes in assessing and diagnosing ADHD, learning disorders, various emotional disorders, and other developmental disorders and neurological conditions. Prior to joining CHC, Dr. Burciaga worked in various healthcare settings and in a private practice, with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. His life span approach to neuropsychology allows him to project forward into a child’s life to identify areas of support early in a child’s/adolescent’s life in order to help families address them before they become fixed behaviors later in life.
Dr. Burciaga earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and German from the California State University, Northridge, graduating Cum Laude. He maintains conversational proficiency in German. He went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the same institution. He earned his PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Cincinnati.
When COVID closed schools, Dr. Joaquin Burciaga and his wife, both neuropsychologists, transformed their living room into a preschool for their daughter with special needs. Over the past year, they’ve learned a thing or two about resilience, patience and the importance of flexibility. Dr. Burciaga is amazed that kids were ever expected to sit still at a desk all day, and has come to peace with the fact that things don’t often go as expected. He has learned to trust his gut, be kind to himself and let his best be good enough. Most of all, Dr. Burciaga has realized the wondrous strength of his daughter, who is exceeding expectations and beating the odds every single day. Tune in for more wit and wisdom on his parenting journey.
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