In honor of Father’s Day, My Child Without Limits would like to call attention to an often overlooked subject- the needs and feelings of fathers of children with disabilities. The way in which fathers deal with a disability diagnosis is typically quite different than the way a mother copes. A father’s approach tends to be more instrumental with a focus on future planning. Recognizing the differences between a mother’s and father’s reaction is important to both the family and to the way services should be provided. The Center for Inclusive Child Care created a PowerPoint Presentation that goes into more detail on the following topics-
- Tips for fathers of children with special needs
- General observations about fathers’ parenting styles
- Research on fathers of children with special needs
- Suggestions for helping new fathers
You can also find more information and resources on this topic at The Father’s Network. The Network advocates for fathers of children with special health needs through support and mentoring programs, conferences and training seminars, a newsletter, a Web page, development of curriculum, and ongoing work with professionals to enhance service delivery for all family members.
Want to read personal stories from fathers of child with special needs? The National Center for Fathering has put together a list of books for sale on fathering a child with special needs written by dads, for dads.
New Autism Report Shows Late Diagnosis of Children with Autism
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that one-half of school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) were aged 5 years and older when they were first identified as having ASD. This is problematic since these children might miss out on early intervention services, which take place during ages 0-5. This is a vital time because this is when a child learns and develops at the fastest rate. Learn more about the importance of early intervention and find services in your community on the My Child Without Limits website.
Tips for Summer Trips in the Car
It’s summer time and many families will be hitting the road in search of fun and adventure. If you are traveling with a child with special needs, there are some important safety precautions to consider. Your child might require a specialized car seat or vehicle modifications to ensure safe transportation. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some Tips on Transporting a Child with Special Needs.
The National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs at the Riley Hospital for Children provides a wealth of information on safe care travel including recommended types of safety restraints and safe positioning by specific condition, behavioral modifications to ensure children remain safely seated, and much more. Check the website for more information. Safe travels!
Expanding the MCWL Experience
For more than three years, families have relied on mychildwithoutlimits.org for information, resources and support to nurture and care for their children living with a spectrum of disabilities. We rely on generous support from people like you to continue offering this valuable resource for parents and caregivers. Your contributions help us provide welcome packs to new parents, populate the web site with up-to-date and relevant tools and resources, and provide a place where more than 1,300 parents connect with each other. In the coming months, we hope to expand the resources of My Child Without Limits even more by adding a dedicated “Medical Director” to the website to provide regular updates and interactive Q&A sessions with you!