Articles

Endless Possibilities of Dads Making a Difference. A 2017 global survey by Reuters provides evidence that fathers are more involved than ever and make a difference in outcomes for their children. This article discusses the barriers for men and points the way forward for fathers of children with autism and other special needs.

Involved Fathers Get Results. Male role models are important for children, and boys and girls growing up on the autism spectrum are no exception. Fathers are more involved than ever, and research backs up their impact on children. However, when a child has autism there are often steep challenges for the typical male parent. This articles looks at the potential for growth and how to overcome the barriers that autism presents.

Understanding the Father Factor While Raising Children with ASD. While Raising Children with ASD. This 2015 article from Autism Spectrum News reviews the literature on the impact of fathers on child development when a child has an autism spectrum disorder.

Autism in the Family, a print interview with the Brookes Publishing. This interview spans the personal and professional journey Dr. Naseef’s latest book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together.

Big Boys Don’t Cry: The Secret Life of Men. This is a free download from Brookes Publishing which is Chapter 8 of Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together.

Lost Dreams, New Hopes. This article discusses the grief that often comes for parents when a child is diagnosed with autism.

Acceptance If It Doesn’t Mean Giving Up: What Does It Mean? This article discuses the journey to acceptance and the profound sense of balance with what can be changed and what a parent learns to live with and find serenity.

Fathers Voices on Awareness and Acceptance. This 2014 article from the Autism Notebook gives the scoop from fathers on these vital issues.

A Diagnosis of Autism is not a Prognosis of Divorce: Myths and realities of maintaining a marriage when a child has autism  This article was written with researcher, Brian Freedman, Ph.D. and reviews relevant research as well as strategies for coping.

Respite- You Deserve a Break Today. Dr. Naseef and Dr. Cindy Ariel write about the importance of seeking self-care through respite services.  This article tackles the difficult issues of self-guilt and frustration and focus on helping parents and caregivers to allow themselves time so they can be rejuvinated and best able to support those in their care.

The Relationship Factor: When Special Needs Challenge a Household. This article focuses on the impact that raising a child with special needs can have on a marriage or partnership.  Dr. indy Ariel and Dr. Naseef provide tips and suggestions to help couples during this difficult time

Technologies to Lessen the Distress of Autism. This article explores aspects of autism that make it a potential traumatic stressor for family members, and may put them at risk for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Because PTSD and its subsyndromes can benefit from prevention or at least bolstering the resources of the person and their social support system, this article focuses on relevant technology being used to mediate or ameliorate aspects of living with autism.

When the Bough Breaks 2008. The diagnosis of a child with a disability is often the harbinger of psychological and spiritual crisis for parents as well as an opportunity for growth. This essay looks at the grief and the transformation from the viewpoint of a father of a child with autism and cognitive disability. The writer, who is also a psychologist, explores the agonizing decision to seek a residential placement which is currently unpopular but sometimes necessary.

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