Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

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!


Guest Info

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Dr. Joaquin Burciaga

Neuropsychologist at CHC

Joaquin Burciaga, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology at CHC, providing behavioral, cognitive/neuropsychological, psycho-educational, and social/emotional assessments for children, teens and young adults. Dr. Burciaga’s approach to assessment focuses on identifying clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to accurately diagnose and plan personalized interventions for each client. As part of this process, he reviews the results with parents and clients so that they will have a better understanding of their abilities and mental health. Dr. Burciaga’s recommendations are tailored to help parents better support and advocate for their child, and schools better address the student’s educational needs.

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.

Show Notes

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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