Some Very Special Fathers
In my years as a clinic and school therapist, I have had the delightful privilege of meeting some amazing fathers of children with special needs. So, in honor and tribute for this Sunday's Father's Day here is a blog from Ellen Seidman at Love That Max on Why Dads with Kids with Special Needs Rock!
I find these dad quotes refreshing and poignant. As Robert Rummel-Hudson states however, fathers are often considered the" silent partner" and the slant in general of all things special needs has traditionally been related to the mother. At IEP meetings and/or clinic appointments, it is still more common to find a mom or female caregiver in the support role. I think this trend is shifting though as I see fathers taking a more active role in parenting a child with special needs with some very creative results. (see my blog from earlier this week on Thorkil Sonne for example who started a technology company that employs individuals with autism or Richard Ellenson who invented the DynaVox tango!TM after seeing his son with CP struggle with communication issues). Whether famous or not, all fathers of children with special needs deserve recognition and respect. Please join me in wishing them a heartfelt Happy Father's Day!