To gain knowledge and strength through study and experience, while laughing along the journey, to better support our family and friends in an effort to serve society. This is the family mission statement of Reena B. Patel, a Parenting Expert, Guidance Counselor, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
For more than 20 years, Reena B. Patel, LEP, BCBA has had the privilege of working with families and children supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness. Reena has worked extensively with typically developing children as well as children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development.
It all started while in graduate school when Reena was working at UCLA’s NeuroPsychiatric Hospital’s Early Childhood Partial Day Program. It was here when Reena first worked with children with Autism. From there, she began to hone in on identifying any limiting factors for kids, whether it be learning challenges, physical impairments, and/or social/emotional difficulties by working in schools. She has since successfully created Autism programs, conducted training courses in Behavior Interventions for District Administrators, Teachers, and Staff, created District Behavior Training Modules, and conducted parent education trainings in schools around Southern California that assist with effective educational techniques and positive behaviors solutions.
Currently Reena is the Founder and CEO of AutiZm & More, that serves to help children and their families embed positive behavior support strategies across home, school and community settings. Her company strives to improve the quality of life for all children. She routinely holds workshops throughout California; guiding and training parents, mental health professionals, families and educators on positive parenting techniques, educational interventions, and practical solutions that are beneficial for all children. All workshops have a positive approach and message of kindness and compassion.
That’s when the idea of writing children’s stories came about, “I want to teach an overall theme of compassion and kindness. Why not start with our children, and address everyday challenges through the lens of a child’s eye, written in a story format with practical tools that help educators and parents.”
Her first two books, published by Kind Eye Publishing, LLC, help to fill that void. My Friend Max: A Story About a Friend with Autism, tells the story about a young boy with Autism and his typically developing best friend can learn to create bonds no matter what their differences may be by learning the proper ways to communicate. Winnie & Her Worries, released in 2018 and offers an anxiety relief toolbox for children and their caretakers in an easy to understand story format. It is Reena’s hope to use these stories to start a dialogue to help address crucial topics such as inclusion, compassion, friendships, and working through stress and anxiety. The two books are available on Amazon.com and online at www.KindEyePublishing.com.
Recently nominated for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year,” Reena continues to write children’s stories, and provide unmatched support to her community and clients via her private practice and training workshops. For parenting tips follow her on social media @ReenaBPatel.