Many of the voices we hear from in the autism community are the moms. But with Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to recognize all the dads out there that are on the autism journey – taking on all of the ups and downs that come their way. It can be a tough road, and sometimes it’s hard to admit that much, so we’re glad that we’re seeing more dads stand up and share their stories—their struggles, successes, big steps/little steps, denial, acceptance and all that goes along with the journey. Some of their stories are shared in books, with a select few highlighted below that are worth checking out:
Not My Boy! – Former NFL star Rodney Peete (married to actress Holly Robinson Peete), shares his candid personal journey with his son’s autism. He discusses in his own life with his son, R.J., and weaves in voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers who have been touched by autism.
Autism Dad: Adventures In Raising An Autistic Son – This is a collection of essays written by award-winning syndicated columnist, Rob Errera. He covers many topics on autism—from diagnosis, to autism in the media, to therapy/treatments. Overall, though, it’s a father’s perspective of raising and loving a child with autism.
The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son – Rupert Isaacson chronicles his family’s trek across Mongolia all in an effort to help their autistic son, Rowan. Rupert and his wife found there was an uncanny connection between their son and horses, so, after trying some more conventional therapies, they took their son on an extraordinary journey across Mongolia on horseback to meet with shamans known for their healing powers.
Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son – A memoir by Buzz Bissinger, best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August, about his relationship with his son, Zach. Buzz realized that while he was attentive father, he didn’t really understand what it was like to be Zack. So Buzz takes Zach on a road trip, from PA to CA, to visit all the places they’ve lived together—in hopes of bringing them even closer together.
Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!
Lynsey, Community Manager
(Note – Book covers from Amazon.com)