Contribute to Research About Dads and Parents who Have Children With Autism

Here are two opportunities to contribute to research:

 

Graduate Student seeks input to his research on the support needs of fathers who have children with autism. Specifically fathers of children with moderate to severe autism between the ages of 5 and 12 who are jointly parenting the child with a female partner. More information and the survey can be found here

 

 

Undergraduate student seeks input on his study. The study examines the factors that contribute to parental stress of raising a child living with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and the ability to cope with this life changing event.  The implied consent document and description of the study are attached.  A link to the questionnaire can be found here.

 

 

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Quick Updates for Members

Welcome to Spring everyone.  I want to let you know about a few upcoming Network events and activities:
 

  • On Sunday, May 15th, professional photographer Carol Hook and her partners will be taking photos, at no cost, of dads and their children with special needs.  See the flyer for the details.  Please note: Space is limited and a reservation is needed.
  • Facebook group – A closed Facebook group has been created for dads whose children are currently or have in the past received services at Kindering Center.  This will be a place where these dads can share information, resources and discuss issues of common interest.  Dads can join the group by  searching Facebook for Kindering Dads and clicking on the Join Group button.
  • The Arc of King County will be conducting a Helping Parent training just for dads.   Some of you were part of the focus group that had input to the design of this training.  Whether you were in the focus group or not, I encourage you to consider taking part in the training.  It’s a great way for dads to help other dads. More information can be found in the attached flyer. 
  • The Bellevue/Bothell chapter will meet next on April 9th  in Bellevue at Kindering Center from 9:30 to noon. You can contact me with any questions at louis.mendoza@kindering.org
  • Our Snohomish County chapter’s April meeting is on April 28th from  7:00-9:00 pm.  Contact  fathersnetwork@snoarc.org, for more information.

The above information and more was sent to our email list.  So, if you’re seeing this on the Facebook page and you’re not on the email list but would like to be, go to fathersnetwork.org, scroll down a bit and on the right hand column you’ll see where to be added to the mailing list.

 

 

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Quick Updates for Members

Welcome to Spring everyone.  I want to let you know about a few upcoming Network events and activities:
 

  • On Sunday, May 15th, professional photographer Carol Hook and her partners will be taking photos, at no cost, of dads and their children with special needs.  See the flyer for the details.  Please note: Space is limited and a reservation is needed.
  • Facebook group – A closed Facebook group has been created for dads whose children are currently or have in the past received services at Kindering Center.  This will be a place where these dads can share information, resources and discuss issues of common interest.  Dads can join the group by  searching Facebook for Kindering Dads and clicking on the Join Group button.
  • The Arc of King County will be conducting a Helping Parent training just for dads.   Some of you were part of the focus group that had input to the design of this training.  Whether you were in the focus group or not, I encourage you to consider taking part in the training.  It’s a great way for dads to help other dads. More information can be found in the attached flyer. 
  • The Bellevue/Bothell chapter will meet next on April 9th  in Bellevue at Kindering Center from 9:30 to noon. You can contact me with any questions at louis.mendoza@kindering.org
  • Our Snohomish County chapter’s April meeting is on April 28th from  7:00-9:00 pm.  Contact  fathersnetwork@snoarc.org, for more information.

The above information and more was sent to our email list.  So, if you’re seeing this on the Facebook page and you’re not on the email list but would like to be, go to fathersnetwork.org, scroll down a bit and on the right hand column you’ll see where to be added to the mailing list.

 

 

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pdf icon FathersHelpingParentsTraining2016.pdf

Cool PSA made in recgontion that March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month

Here is a very cool PSA produced by Informing Families, a project of the WA State DD Council, in partnership with the WA State Developmental Disabilities Administration.  They’ve also started a social media campaign that you can learn about in get involved in by clicking here.

 

 

 

Photos and Quotes Requested for a WSFN video project

Hello, I’m writing to ask for your participation in a video project being done by our WA State Fathers Network.   The idea is to create a video that will:

 

  • Give dads the opportunity to show and tell others what their child with special needs means to them
  • Create something inspirational about the involvement of dads in the lives of their children
  • Create something that helps market the Fathers Network

 

A pilot of this video has been done and can be seen here.  It gives you an idea of the concept but now we want to make it quicker and with more photos (we’re hoping for 100).   As in the pilot, we’d also like to include some quotes from dads. 

 

My request is that you send me a photo of you and your child who has special needs (and a quote, if you’re so inclined).   If you don’t have a quote please don’t let that stop you from sending in a photo. I’d appreciate receiving your photo and/or quote by February 12.  (Please note: if you send in a photo or quote you are giving permission for those items to be used in this video which will be used for promotion/advertisement of the Washington State Fathers Network).  These can be sent to me at louis.mendoza@kindering.org.

 

Photo ideas:

 

  • Of you and your child having fun
  • A memorable moment with your child
  • A photo of your family doing something together

Quote ideas (one to two sentences):

 

  • How has having a child with special needs affected you?
  • What does the moment in this picture mean to you?
  • What would you like people to know about having a child with special needs?

 

Thank you for your help with this project,

 

Louis