Embracing My Son’s Autism: A Dad’s Perspective

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This post (written by my hubby!) is part of 31 Days of Supporting the Special Needs Family, a blog series filled with hope and encouragement, compassion and understanding for special needs families and their loved ones, hosted by Beautiful In His Time. To read the post in its entirety, and to read more great posts in this series, please visit www.beautifulinhistime.com. Thank you and God bless!

If I were ever to become a father, I knew I wanted a son.

I’d grown up as one of four boys (the only females in our family were my mother and the cat), and that, combined with years of organized sports and outdoor activities, as well as a stint in the military working in an area open only to males, made it a literal no–brainer for me –– an assumption that not only didn’t require any thought, but that never really even considered the idea that anything different could ever be the case. When our son Jack was born in 2009, it seemed like a natural thing that he would grow up to enjoy many of the same things that I had as a boy and young man, which I thought to be synonymous with being a growing boy: throwing the baseball and football; swimming; trying various sports and activities; hiking, camping, climbing, rapelling, and enjoying the great outdoors; and so much more.

In other words, I was expecting what I grew up thinking was a typical male child. As it turned out, I was wrong.

At three years old, Jack was diagnosed with autism…

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jeff's bio photo for 31 daysJeff Emanuel is a husband, father, and veteran. He loves spending time with his family and anything that involves the outdoors.

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I think that yes, it’s fair. As long as you have the support sysetm (emotional, social, financial) in place so that you will be able to care for both children, and provide for both of their needs which may be very different. As long as one of the kids is not neglected due to the needs of the other child, I think it could be a pretty fantastic experience for everyone involved I am an autistic and adopted only child parenting an autistic only child and I think that the one thing missing from our family is another child. If I were to adopt, I’d lean toward adopting a child with autism, as I can’t imagine raising a non-autistic child or attempting to balance raising one of each (for lack of a better term). I wish we had the option to add another child to our family, but I feel like I’m strapped already (I have rheumatoid/autoimmune arthritis and spine damage). Hope this helps Let us know what you decide!