Saturday, 17 December 2011
There have been countless studies that focus on Mother's of children with Autism, or even Parents of Autistic Children.
I remember reading a story where one study of mothers reflected that the amount of stress they endure is akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - at a level similar to a soldier returning from war.
Unlike a soldier and with the battle's being over - with Autism at times it may feel as though the war would never be over....
We love our children, and we continue to figure out what is the best way to provide for them to live independently - or at least at a level to where we know they will be ok once we pass on.
One thing I haven't seen are studies done regarding the Father's of children with Autism.
I was contacted through our friends at the Autism Society to see if I can help a gentleman in Australia who is doing a study about "Stress, Anxiety and Depression in the Fathers of Children with Autism".
This study's sole focus are on the Dad's, to see what type of support services are available for them.
A similar study was done for Mother's, and they had about 200 people who participated. To make sure that they compare apple's to apple's - they want at least as many Father's to participate.
Currently they have about 150 or so who've taken this online survey.
So, I said that I would help as much as I could and pass this information along.
That being said:
If you're a father of a child with Autism, or know someone, please take this survey.