[ForThe Dads] – Dads Meeting at Kindering Bothell this Saturday

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This Saturday, October 25th dads will meet at Kindering Bothell for our first ever meeting at the new campus.  Join us! 

Time:  9:30-11:30am

Address:  19801 North Creek Parkway, Suite 200, Bothell, WA 98011

Agenda:  Donuts, coffee, humor, exchanging ideas and resources, and meeting other dads     

                  having children with unique lives.

Questions:  Email- greg.schell@kindering.org before 7:00am on Saturday.

Look forward to meeting you!   Go Hawks!  Go Sounders!  Maybe a Dawg and Cat thrown in too.

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Dr. Tony Attwood Autism Conference – Lacey, Wednesday, 10/29/14

I’m passing along the following reminder regarding Future Horizons’ upcoming Autism/Asperger’s conference in Lacey, WA on Wednesday, October 29, at the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin’s University featuring world-renowned autism and Asperger’s expert and author, Dr. Tony Attwood.  Lecture topics will include:  Understanding and Expressing Emotions, The Learning Profile of ASD, and High School Years and Beyond. 

In addition to being a well-known researcher, therapist, and international speaker in the ASD field, Dr. Attwood has written several publications on Asperger’s Syndrome, including his best-selling book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, which has now ben translated into several languages.

Future Horizons is also offering a 10 percent discount off of their regular conference prices for this conference (use coupon code TGCONF when registering).  Per Future Horizons, this special discount can’t be combined with any other discounts or offers.

For more information about the conference, CEUs, to register, etc., you can visit Future Horizons’ website at www.fhautism.com or call them at 800-489-0727.

Wrap Up: GUY TALK with Dr. Robert Naseef, October 2014

Grateful Guys Raising Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

Last Sunday (October 12th) was the October 2014 installment of GUY TALK with Dr. Robert Naseef.  Kathleen Tehrani of AutismBrainstorm was a wonderful host, yet again, as Dr.Naseef facilitated a conversation among the panelist regarding gratitude.  This month’s featured speaker was one of the long time panelists – Kaveh Adel.  Kaveh was born in Iran and lived near the U.S. Embasy when it was under siege in the 1979.  His childhood was not easy, and now he has 2 sons on the autism spectrum.  Nonetheless Kaveh experiences profound gratitude.  As Keveh shared his experiences growing up and his unique perspective on gratitude the rest of the panel (and I assume most of the viewers) were left speechless.  There were too many good tidbits to capture and share here, but let me at least share two of the important notes that I took (I apologize in advance to Kaveh if I did not capture these as intended):

My first note is the four guiding principles Kaveh tries to live each day:

1.  Every morning I get up and am breathing, I am thankful to be alive.
2.  I love unconditionally and open myself to be loved unconditionally.
3.  My body is well enough that I can still make a positive difference in this world at some level.
4.  Everything can be taken from a man but the last freedom, which is the freedom to choose our attitude.

My second note is Kaveh’s response to my question about how he deals with the situation where the world does not share his gratitude, specifically his gratitude for his children being in his life.

I think of gratitude as a boomarang. I put gratitude out there in the world and give my gratitude out there and get other people’s back. When something negative comes out me, what do you do when a bad boomarang comes at you, you duck and it goes back to them.

If you missed this hangout you can catch it on YouTube:

(If the YouTube video embed control is not rendering correctly above, you can click this link.)

The Autism Brainstorm and Dr. Naseef have started these monthly online chats for fathers of children with special needs.  Each of the Google Hangout sessions will feature a panel of fathers to discuss issues related to being a father of a child with special needs.  Hangouts are scheduled to occur on the second Sunday of the month at 6:00pm Pacific Time (OK, it is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern, but we are on the West Coast so I translated).  The discussion occur as a Google+ Hangout that is both broadcast live and archived for later watching.  You can find the archived discussions on YouTube at the following playlist link:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNVprmGNhO93mr_DvfT4W0T5JJpk15op5

#WSFNConf2014 – A Great Time Was Had By All!!!

Yet another annual conference is behind us and a great time was had by all again this year.  Some of us are still recovering from an especially powerful conference.  I found this year’s sessions and guys to be exceptionally more introspective this year.  While past conferences were amazing as well, they have often had a more external focus with topics such as emergency preparedness; educational placements and IEPs; guardianship, trusts, and wills; etc.  Others have been celebrations of fatherhood, exploring ways dads bring our unique “male-ness” to the table in ways that help our children and families.  While this year’s conference had breakout sessions along these topics (they are always popular and were so this year too), our keynote, delivered by Dr. Robert Naseef, and at least two of our breakout sessions focused on fathers looking inward to better understand what was going on inside ourselves and how that could impact our children and families both positively and negatively.  It was a great day!

The steering committee (OK Greg Schell) is still going over the details of the feedback forms, but here are just a few of the quotes we heard and collected from dads:

This was my first time at a WSFN event.  I cannot express how much it means to me.  It was very insightful and helpful.

The Dads Panel & Open Mic-It is great to simply listen to other dads.

I didn’t come with any expectations.  However, it exceeded anything I could have imagined.

Great facilitation, management, and content.  I feel renewed.

I’ve walked away with new ideas and resources.

I recommit to being a better dad to my sons and a better husband to my wife.

The sense of community and camaraderie was amazing.  I felt a wonderful sense of support and understanding.

Superb in all ways.  Great panel and workshops.

Here are a few images of the day:

Reason #12 You Should Attend #WSFNConf2014

It Is Still Not Too Late!

Yes, the conference is today but it is still not too late.  We are excepting registrations all the way up to the start of the event at 8:30 this morning.  Come on down to the Microsoft mixer and meet the friendly guys at the registration table.  It will get you all set up and plugged into the day.  See you there!

Reason #11 You Should Attend #WSFNConf2014

Coffee and Donuts!!!!!!

Do you really need another excuse for coffee and donuts?  Come for the donuts and stay for everything else.  Give yourself a special exception for the day and have that extra donut or if the cup coffee usually don’t allow yourself.  While you’re enjoying it take some time to say hi to one of the other guys there and get to know them and their kids.  It will probably be interested in getting to know about you and yours.

So what are you waiting for, register now at http://www.FathersNetwork.org/ConferenceRegistration.

Reason #10 You Should Attend #WSFNConf2014

We Have A Silent Auction

Whether you bid or not have some fun walking around and checking out the items available in our silent auction.what do you think will take top dollar this year sports related items, wine or alcohol, coffee, some sort of experience? The only way to find out is to be there.

So what are you waiting for, register now at http://www.FathersNetwork.org/ConferenceRegistration.

#WSFNConf2014 Scholarships STILL Available!

Hey did you know that Washington State Fathers Network has its Annual Conference coming up?  If you haven’t heard, it’s coming up this Saturday on October 11th.  You haven’t registered yet?  Ehy not?  The $60.00 registration fee seem a bit too high?  Not sure if you will get your money’s worth out of the day?  Not a problem!  There are still scholarships available.  Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first awarded basis, no questions asked.  Here’s how you apply for a scholarship:

  1. Go to http://fathersnetwork.org/conferenceregistration/
  2. Fill out the web form there and click submit
  3. Your registration information will be submitted electronically and you will be redirected to a payment page
  4. Close your browser (do not fill in the payment information) and contact Greg Schell (Greg.Schell@Kindering.org or 425-653-4286) to request a scholarship

We always get an amazing group of dads, and this year we want to make sure that group includes you!  See you on October 11th.

GUY TALK with Dr. Robert Naseef, October 2014

Grateful Guys Raising Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 6:00PM Pacific
Where: Google+ Hangout 
(Editor’s Note: This link seems to give Internet Explorer difficulties.  I have had to use the Google Chrome browser to correctly see the content.)

This Sunday’s Guy Talk hangout with Dr. Robert Naseef will focus on gratitude.  Kaveh Adel was born in Iran and lived near the U.S. Embasy when it was under siege in the 1979.  His childhood was not easy, and now he has 2 sons on the autism spectrum.  Nonetheless Kaveh experiences profound gratitude.  This Sunday Kaveh will be our featured contributor.  Join us as we talk about our experiences as sons and fathers, sharing our struggles and offering our wisdom.

As Melody Beattie wrote, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend”

The Autism Brainstorm and Dr. Naseef have started these monthly online chats for fathers of children with special needs.  Each of the Google Hangout sessions will feature a panel of fathers to discuss issues related to being a father of a child with special needs.  Hangouts are scheduled to occur on the second Sunday of the month at 6:00pm Pacific Time (OK, it is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern, but we are on the West Coast so I translated).  The discussion occur as a Google+ Hangout that is both broadcast live and archived for later watching.  You can find the archived discussions on YouTube at the following playlist link:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNVprmGNhO93mr_DvfT4W0T5JJpk15op5

Reason #9 You Should Attend #WSFNConf2014

Meet a Couple of Dads Involved in Autism Brainstorm’s Monthly Virtual Guy Talk

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Naseef, is not only has 25 years of experience as a psychologist specializing in working with families of children with Autism and other special needs, he is also the father of an adult child with Autism.  Dr. Naseef’s special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood led him to partner with Autism Brainstorm to create a monthly online hangout of dads to discuss the issues of raising children with special needs from a father’s point of view.  Each month there are several participants on the live video feed from their webcams with Dr. Naseef as the facilitator and hosted by Kathleen Tehrani of Autism Brainstorm.  The discussions occur as a Google+ Hangout that is both broadcast live and archived for later watching.  You can find the archived discussions on YouTube at the following playlist link:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNVprmGNhO93mr_DvfT4W0T5JJpk15op5

In addition to Dr. Naseef, both Mark Gabarra and Greg Schell have sat in on these discussions.  Mark and Greg have used their time in these hangouts to share their unique experiences raising their children with special needs as well as representing the WSFN as an organization focusing on fathers.  If you get the chance make sure to chat with any or all three of these gentlemen.  Not just to find out more information about these virtual guy chats, but make sure to share some of your personal experiences and wisdom.  Your story very well could help to shape a future topic of discussion for the panel.

So what are you waiting for, register now at http://www.FathersNetwork.org/ConferenceRegistration

Btw, the next Virtual Guy Talk is scheduled to happen Sunday, October 12th at 6:00pm.