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Autism FAQ for seasoned autism dads: Advice for new dads?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the archives, one of my most shared posts:

I asked, and did I ever get insightful answers.

Don’t blame yourself or anyone else for your child’s autism. Love and support them in their dreams, interests and aspirations…because they have them. Don’t ever be ashamed of them…even if they are 15 years old, 200 pounds of man/boy be proud when they slip their hand in yours as you enter a public place. Grow to love the unique way they think. And realize their is a special genius inside of each one of them that will blossom if their Dad cultivates it.

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This is what progress, with autism, looks like

My husband and I raised our family in Lafayette, California, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, where a popular Art and Wine Festival is held each Fall. For people who don’t mind crowds, chaos, loud (but great) music and hot weather, the Art and Wine Festival is a lot of fun–great food, wine, beer and hundreds of booths spilling with art and hand-made crafts.

Would you consider this sensory overload?

Would you consider this sensory overload?

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Autism, disabilities, and talking about sex and sexuality

Did I get your attention?

If you are the parent of a child/teen/adult with a developmental disability, you probably:

a)  Cringe at the thought of trying to explain things in a comprehensible way

b) Wonder if sex will ever be an issue (Spoiler alert. It will.)

c)  Worry about your child’s safety

d) Wish there was more information and research on all of the above.

I interviewed Leonard Magnani, MD, PhD, an expert in the field of educating individuals with disabilities about sexuality a few years back when I was profiling speakers for UCSF’s Annual Developmental Disability Conference. It was one heck of a great interview, so I am repeating today.