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'It is a great idea to draw together stories of fathers' experiences in bringing up disabled children. One of the ways parents manage to cope is to know that others have been through the same experiences. Then you learn that it isn't just about coping - there are positive stories to tell.'

Fathers of disabled children can feel overlooked when the focus of much parenting support is aimed at mothers. Different Dads is a collection of inspiring personal testimonies written by fathers of children with a disability who reflect on their own experiences and offer advice to other fathers and families on the challenges of raising a child with a disability. The fathers featured represent a broad spectrum of experience. Their contributions reflect a wide range of cultures; some are single fathers, others are married adoptive fathers. What they all have in common are the challenges that face them and their families in raising a child with a disability. Issues explored include the reactions of family, friends and colleagues, how to deal with the organisations and professionals that support families with a disabled child, and the difficulty of being open about feelings in a culture that doesn't always expect men to have a sensitive or nurturing role. Offering direct and thoughtful perspectives on being a father of a child with a disability, this book will be a valuable source of support and information for families with disabled children, and also for health and social care professionals who work with these families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843104544
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 16
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   The Right Honourable David Cameron MP     7
Introduction     9
John - John has a two-year-old daughter who has arthrogryposis     13
Phil - Phil is a foster father to a two-year-old boy who has multiple disabilities     21
Andrew - Andrew has a five-year-old son who has oesophageal atresia     30
Rob - Rob has a six-year-old son who was infected with cytomegalovirus as a baby     34
Kash - Kash is a widower, bringing up a six-year-old son who was born prematurely     43
Simon - Simon has a seven-year-old daughter who has autism     49
Andrew - Andrew gave up work to care for his eight-year-old son who has Ollier disease     54
Matthew - Matthew has a nine-year-old son who has autism     60
Kevin - Kevin is bringing up his nine-year-old son who has congenital muscular dystrophy     67
Nigel - Nigel has a ten-year-old son with Peters anomaly     75
Yuri - Yuri has a ten-year-old son with global developmental delay     78
Steve - Steve has two stepdaughters, aged eleven and nine, the eldest has learning difficulties and the youngest is awaiting confirmation that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder     81
Jonathon - Jonathon is bringing up his 13-year-old daughter who has dyspraxia and developmental delay     90
Gordon - Gordon has a14-year-old daughter who has a chromosome disorder     98
Tony - Tony is co-parenting his 16-year-old son who has autism     107
Paul - Paul has a 17-year-old son who has never had a diagnosis     114
Richard - Richard has a 19-year-old son with Down's syndrome     123
Mike - Mike cared for his adopted son, who had a range of disabilities, until his son's death at age 19     129
Edward - Edward has a 19-year-old son with charge association     139
John -John has a 22-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis as a baby     145
Michael - Michael has a 40-year-old daughter who has Cornelia de Lange syndrome     150
Conclusion     154
Glossary of Terms     161
Index     170
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