Monthly Archives: June 2015

Autism Dads – We See You!

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We want to take a moment to acknowledge the many extraordinary fathers we see in the autism community.  Moms have long been at the forefront of their kid’s advocacy and coordination of their care. Understandably, moms get most of the kudos and recognition for the parenting game. It can be easy to lose sight of the many contributions of rockstar dads.

Every day, great fathers are working alongside their children’s teams, supporting their program and celebrating their winning moments. We see you!

We see you move beyond your grief of what you thought your relationship would be and into joy and pride for the privilege of loving your unique child.

We see you gain insight into your child’s needs, gain knowledge about therapies, and contributing daily to the goals for your child.

We see you make your other children a priority.  Giving attention and play time so they know they are special too.

We see you in the vulnerable moments when you are not sure you can do it all.

And we see you get up the next day, renewed in your commitment to give your all to your family.

For all you do, we celebrate and appreciate the way you take on the role of “Dad”.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Graduation Moments

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There was a story in the news this week about twin siblings sharing the stage during their High School graduation ceremony.  Aly, the sister shares her elation about her long held dream to escort her brother Anders, who has autism across the stage at graduation.  Aly goes on to share how at each stage of growing up with Anders, she found ways to support and include her twin.  In grade school, she had an “Ask Aly” box on her desk and encouraged her classmates to ask questions about her brother, whom she was so proud of.

There are so many touching elements to this family’s story, and it made us think of the many victorious moments we get to witness with our families. Precious moments like seeing a child communicate with their parent, give a first hug, or succeed in their classroom.  We wonder if living and working in the autism community creates a greater appreciation for these moments of accomplishment in a child’s life.  It is truly inspiring.

Whatever stage of development your child is at, take time to celebrate your child’s “graduation” moments along the way.

Read the entire story of Aly and Anders graduation walk, along with all the latest autism news in our bi-monthly All Autism News Digest.

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