Autism is an epidemic that in addition to burdening our children with lifelong challenges has destroyed countless families. The truth is that when you have a child with Autism, or any child with special needs, the normal goes right out the window. Special needs parents are faced with a new reality that completely disrupts their world.
My mission with this blog is to help fathers like me to learn how to support our families. My vision is to build a community where we can share our experiences and learn from each other. As guys we thrive on taking action and fixing problems; not sitting around and talking about our feelings. One of the hardest things for an autism dad is wanting to help, but not knowing how. So I’ve created this place for us to share our experiences on what is and is not working. To seek out what we can do to improve our family’s lives.
My wife and I have been married for 20 years and have 4 wonderful children that we homeschool:
- MJ: Our oldest son has attention deficient disorder and a special condition called being a teenager; I hear they grow out of the teenager condition. He recently graduated high school so we are all super excited as he enters a new phase of his life.
- CJ: Our next oldest child, the oldest daughter, has dyslexia and teaching her has been a challenge. However, she is a great kid and has made tremendous amount of progress in learning to read. She is the family helper.
- AC: Our youngest daughter and my love bug was officially diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. She keeps us on our toes (little bit of humor as she still likes to walk on hers). She is my water baby and would live in the pool.
- MC: Our youngest son who puts a capital “H” in hyper also has central auditory processing disorder. So if you want him to sit still and to listen you need a lot of duct tape. He is the baby of the family and is the first to shower mom and dad with hugs.