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Autism Dads Club Posts

Listen to @autismdads on the Adventures in Autism Podcast!

A little while ago I had a long overdue chat with Megan for her amazing podcast “Adventures in Autism”. Check out the episode below and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram and listen to ALL her awesome content on any of your favorite podcast platforms! EPISODE DETAILS“Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Tim, all about his journey with his son, Rafa. Tim and I connected on Instagram through his account @autismdads. Tim started the account as a way to connect with and educate the autism community (himself included!) from a dads perspective. Tim saw that parenting in…

Activist, Astronaut, Athlete? I just want my son to speak!

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this just over 2 years ago (July 5, 2017), before the word “Autism” had ever been spoken in our house. I was reflecting on the big dreams of a first-time father in comparison to the more realistic wants of a parent hoping to hear their kid speak. My first-born doesn’t speak. To be fair to him he actually can’t speak. He has been in Early Interventions since he was 4 months old, delayed in many aspects of his development. We’re still working towards an official diagnosis for his speech delay but all signs point to developmental apraxia (aka Childhood…

Autism Advocate T-Shirts!

Excited to announce we have partnered with The Awesome Company to offer up some killer “Autism Advocate” shirts and a classic “Autism Dad” shirt. I ordered a couple shirts from them in the past and loved the quality and purpose behind the business. They employ adults with autism so the money you’re spending goes directly to support #actuallyautistic individuals who are working hard and enjoying their jobs. I even got a hand-signed note in my package from an employee thanking me for the order, for giving them an opportunity to work and contribute. Such an awesome gesture and a wonderful…

Interview 002: Lloyd

Meet LLoyd, a happily married, stay-at-home dad of 3 living in Manchester, UK, as he sits down and talks about his life as an autism dad. He shares his experience having two kids on the spectrum, how difficult it can be when they are nonverbal, what it’s like to give up a dream career to care for your child and the importance of patience and flexibility as a special needs parent. Check out his video below and be sure to give him a follow at @send_dad on Instagram . Autism Dads | Meet Lloyd LLoyd, a stay at home dad…

Book Review: My Son is Not Rainman

Written by a single father who is also a stand-up comedian, this book balances humor and humility with ease. Author John Williams is straight-forward about his experience, opening up old wounds and giving us all an intimate look into life with a child who has autism and cerebral palsy. It is funny, without question. It’s also sad and honest and an incredible read. From his reaction to not one but two diagnoses to figuring out how to coparent all while battling severe mental health issues and struggling to keep solid employment, “My Son is Not Rainman” is, quite simply, a…

Follow these #actuallyautistic Instagram Accounts

If you have an autistic child and aren’t following any actually autistic people, you’re missing a huge opportunity to gain insights from those living the autistic experience. I’ve learned so much from those that are open to sharing and really put themselves out there. They’ve provided me with a perspective that I could’ve never achieved on my own. We learn about parenting from other parents and we should be learning about autism from autistics. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite #actuallyautistic Instagram accounts and would love for you all to leave comments with accounts you think are worth the…

Interview 001: Michael

Meet Michael, an actor and autism dad living with his family in sunny Los Angeles. He sits down and opens up about his experience as a father of an autistic teenager: what he felt like when they got the diagnosis, what acceptance means to him and the joy of playing music with his son. Michael talks about his relationship with his son’s mother and how his friends have helped him connect with his son. You can see the love he has for his son and feel the pride that he carries as a father. Check out his video confession and…

Book Review: Ido in Autismland

While my son’s autistic symptoms aren’t as socially crippling as those confronted by the author of this book, I can’t see many other books opening my eyes in the way this book has. At this point in time I’ve read probably 20 books about autism and only about 4 of those were actually written by autistic people. Ido Kedar, who was 15 years old at the time the book was published, is a shining example of 1) why we should be eager to hear what autistic people have to say and 2) why we need to believe in our children…

Film Review: Louis Theroux: Extreme Love – Autism

I think Louis Theroux is an amazing documentarian and once we got handed my son’s diagnosis, I couldn’t wait to watch this. This documentary focuses on a school in New Jersey built solely for educating Autistic children and that’s incredible. I was really curious to see how the parents of these children went about life, love and, in some cases, loss. As far as a documentary goes, this film, and its main man, follow all the rules and doesn’t waste time away from the main characters. It’s only an hour long and it moves quickly and naturally through the various…

Welcome to the Club!

If you are reading this then there is a strong chance that you recently found out that your domestic job title was changing from Dad to “Autism Dad” or “Special Needs Dad” or something similar. This new job will likely be more demanding than your previous role and, like it or not, comes with more responsibilities. Effective immediately. In all reality, the operating costs for this new job will be higher than your previous position and the hours will be longer. Unless you are planning to completely abandon your post (that is, your role as a parent, partner and/or provider)…