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By Robert Naseef, Ph.D.


According to a 2017 global survey conducted by Reuters, men are taking "greater responsibility for the home and childcare" in both emerging and developed economies. Similarly, in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported a nationally representative result, which found that a large majority of fathers reported being heavily involved in hands-on parenting. Father involvement has been shown to result in better academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits for children
in general, and similar positive outcomes exist for kids on the autism spectrum as well.   





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Breaking Barriers 
Nonetheless, men still have a hard time facing things they can’t fix. The hurdles that accompany autism often leave men feeling powerless and speechless. It’s not unusual for a father to find himself at a loss for how to interact with a child who is different from the one he expected. 

Traditionally, fathers have tended to “specialize” in play, whereas mothers “specialize” in caretaking and nurturance. A father’s play with his child is typically more active and rough-and-tumble, which gives them a distinctive role in supporting their child’s development through play. However, it tends to be more difficult to engage in play with a child who has more repetitive and less varied play, as well as challenging behaviors. Oftentimes, fathers feel overwhelmed and are unaware of how to address these issues. The necessary, but narrow focus of trying to eliminate troubling symptoms can place the father’s emotional life, marriage and other children on hold indefinitely. 

But as dads learn to deal with their own feeling of powerlessness, they begin to discover that if they look more closely at what their child CAN DO, opportunities to live fulfilling and productive lives begin to unfold. The concept of neurodiversity, as Steve
Silberman describes in NeuroTribes, is “the notion that conditions like autism, dyslexia and ADHD should be regarded as naturally occurring cognitive variations with distinctive strengths that have contributed to the evolution of technology and culture, rather than mere checklists of deficits and dysfunctions.” For many fathers, this definition gives a new sense of direction. 

Beginning the Journey–


         



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