A Father’s Day Celebration: Members Only
Lou is a married father of three children. His oldest daughter was diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 4. You can read the original post here.
For this post, I would like to pay tribute and thank all the fathers out there that love their autistic children unconditionally. This is for the dads that have what it takes to be a real man and stand by your family and take your vows seriously. This is for the dads that don’t run from their child being different, and for those that may just now be coming to the realization that they are entering a club that they had no plans on joining.
For many in a marriage, an autism diagnosis can be placed in the “worse” column of “for better or for worse”, but with patience and communication you can survive. Don’t bottle up your fears. Tell your wife, your friends, or share them with others in a blog and you will free yourself of the many burdens you are trying to shoulder and find strength in numbers.
You know that you are the father of an autistic child when:
- You know exactly what your child is saying even though she has never said it… EVER.
- You go to visit your friends who have children and they apologize for how their kids are behaving, yet you never even noticed.
- You have ever worn more of your child’s food then he has eaten, and he is 6.
- You have ever tried “stimming” just to see what it is all about.
- Using just your peripheral vision, you can snag crayons from your child’s hand before they go in the mouth.
- You see a kid being a complete terror at the grocery store and you do not judge.
- You have been punched in the face by your child and instead of getting angry, you laugh it off.
- Your child saying, “I love you” even if by echolalia makes you feel like you are the king of the world.
- You have eaten a family dinner in the dark on several occasions.
- You have shared belly laughs with a child that you have no reason as to why they are laughing.
- You have been given every crackpot theory about what causes autism and what will make your child better, and have kept yourself from going insane.
Got any more out there? Go ahead and lay them on me!
Join in the fun and let’s celebrate! You guys deserve it!