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First Published Thursday, 19 February 2009


Expectations of what it will be like to be a father are challenged overnight when your child is diagnosed with autism. The lead feature in the Spring 2009 issue of our NAS members’ magazine, Communication (out 20 February), looks at being a father of an autistic child.


Research confirms that when a baby is born with a disability, support is often focused on the mother. Fathers often become the main ‘breadwinner’ in a family and so work commitments mean they often miss important health- and education-related meetings. As a result, they can feel sidelined and excluded from decisions affecting the future of their child.


In the new issue of Communication, we hear from the founder of a successful fathers’ support group in Kent about getting the support that you may need as a father. And what does it feel like to be the father of a child with autism when you are autism spectrum yourself? Steve McGuinness gives us his views on family life and acceptance.


In the same issue…


There’s a review of The black balloon, a film that some are claiming is the most accurate depiction of a family coping with autism so far; a look at autism blogs; news on the Autism Bill; and advice on echolalia. There is also news, reviews and comment.


NAS members receive Communication every three months. Join the NAS now to get your copy of this and future issues of the magazine.


Source:   http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18798



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