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

 

 

FUN AND EDUCATION! Two upcoming events

The Education Piece:

David Petonyak, creator of the website Imagine and a nationally recognized expert on the role that inclusion plays in the lives of people with developmental disabilities relative to challenging behavior, will be in Spokane on the second week in February.  The Spokane County Parent Coalition may have an opportunity to have him present a short workshop while he is here, but we need to know how many people would be interested in attending.  Click the link to learn more about David and the Imagine website:  http://www.dimagine.com/index.html      

If you are interested in attending a workshop with David sometime between February 8 and 10 (a specific date and time is yet to be determined), please advise Brian Holloway by return e-mail at //bholloway@arc-spokane.org“>bholloway@arc-spokane.org soon as possible.  Please also let us know if a morning, afternoon or evening event works best for you so we can accommodate people’s schedules as best we can. 

 

 

The Fun Piece (from the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington):

 

Now that the happy holidays are complete it’s time to plan your next evening out. The EEU Dad’s Group is hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Saturday, January 30th, between the last week of football playoffs and the Superbowl. The night isn’t just for parents of the EEU, any friends or family are welcome to come and have some fun together while raising funds that go towards the EEU Auction. 

Dinner, Drinks (unlimited) and Poker fee are all included in the $100 cash entry fee. The reception will begin at 5:30 with beer, wine, cocktails and sizing up the competition. Dinner will be catered by Pecado Bueno and the cards will start flying around 6:30.

 If you’re poker skills are rusty or you get ‘beat on the river’ there are Re-buys available. The funds that are raised are split between the winners and the Dad’s Council to be used to raffle items at the EEU. 

+++Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1517518421909398/

  amandabturner@gmail.com also ask any questions to the same address.+++

 

EEU Dad’s Sponsored Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Location: Saturday January 30th Fremont Abbey Arts Center – 4272 Fremont Ave North

5:30 Reception (Beer, Wine, Cocktails)

6:00 Dinner (Catered by Pecado Bueno)

6:30 Poker (Shuffle Up & Deal)

***$100 Includes Poker Fee, Dinner & Unlimited Drinks ***

***CASH ONLY***