Accolades for Cynthia L. Arnold, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist – Clinical
State of Oregon
I can see from your wonderful website that you and Michael have been very busy establishing your clinic in Portland. I am so grateful to know that you were such a big part of my child’s life and so proud to see what you have accomplished in your life. Your photo on the website is such a blessing for me to see…your beauty continues to grow. I loved reading everything you wrote about your background and education and so delighted to know you were a part of our lives along the way.
-Parent of Autistic Young Man
I am always sending you e-mails of questions or concerns and thought it was time I sent you one of thanks. We have struggled so long with trying to help our child and with all of the different specialists we have seen over the years, we still felt lost and like there was no-one out there truly listening to what we had to say. We knew in our hearts things were just not right. You listened to us and have changed our lives. It has been hard to hear from you how our child is truly affected by her differences, but it is nice to know someone is on our side and willing to help us to help her live up to her potential, whatever that may be. She may struggle her entire life, but without you she would most likely be in a different place than she is right now. Our child has challenged us beyond what we ever thought we could handle, but we feel we now have somewhere to turn to. We’ve never had that before. We knew from the first visit that you were someone special. You are truly gifted at what you do. Thank you.
– Parent of Emotionally and Learning Challenged Young Adult
Thank you Dr. Arnold! You have been very helpful in many ways. The day after we met with you, my husband and I had a very good talk with our daughter, and explained to her what we had learned from you. We had the bell curve with your marks on it, but didn’t talk about it until she asked what it was. When we explained what it meant, and where she was relative to the rest of the population, she said “Oh, that’s not good!” But, as you had predicted, there was relief and acceptance on her part. The atmosphere around our house has changed from one of frustration and continual conflict to a more understanding and relaxed one. We still have our challenges with our daughter, and recognize that working through the government agencies is going to be a slow, slow, process, but we are better prepared emotionally to face those challenges than we have been in the past 10 years.
-Parent of Special Needs Young Adult
Hi, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that you came into our lives. We have been to so many people to try and understand what is going on with our daughter. She has been tested so many times by her school and other doctors, but no one seems to know how to help us. I have already started to contact the places you told me about and I really believe we are finally going to make big changes for her. Thanks again, I just can’t tell you what it means to have hope again.
– Parent of 9 year old with Dyslexia.
I just want to thank you for all of your help in the last few months. Your strategies have entirely changed my child’s disposition and outlook on life – without him even knowing what hit him! We could not be happier. All of our friends and family have noticed a dramatic change in our son. My parents were even able to take him for an entire day of play and then out to dinner. I know this sounds like a normal day, but it would have been impossible 3 months ago. Everyone enjoys spending time with our son now, and he is so much happier. The transition to Preschool has also been much easier. Our son’s vocabulary and communication have expoded. We will keep a close eye on his development in case there is anything troubelsome, but the leaps he has made make me think a lot of that has been tied to behavior issues. Your direct approach is awesome and has been life changing for us. I am sure we will see you again in the future.
-Parent of 3 year old Typically Developing Child
Just wanted to let you know that my son is doing really well. He has only been in time-out once! That in itself is a first in months! I feel like a better parent and our entire family has benefited from the info we have learned so far. Can’t wait to learn more. Thanks for your wisdom and help.
-Parent of 4 year old Typically Developing Child
Just wanted to say thanks for giving me a positive outlook for my son. A ton of bricks have been lifted from my shoulders after our meeting. I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.
– Parent of 4 year old child with ADHD & behavior challenges
Cynthia, I can’t tell you how different our lives have been since your diagnosis. Our son is a different child, and much happier around our home and school. It just takes knowing what we are dealing with and now learning ways to deal with it.
-Parent of 8 year old with multiple Learning Disabilities
*Thumping his chest* I really don’t use the word love, but *thumping his chest* you know..
-Young Man with multiple Learning Disabilities, on his way to college.
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