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Father 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 rang 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 organisations and professionals taht 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.

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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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