Overview of Characters

Adam: 46-year-old single dad who lives in San Diego with his 81-year-old dad as he tries to get back on his feet. Join him as he comes to terms with his son’s autism and grows into the role of dad.

Ben: Adam’s 6-year-old son who in 2008 was diagnosed with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, a rare form of autism.

Ryan: Adam’s 4-year-old son and Ben’s younger brother who is a normal functioning child.

Papa: Adam’s 81-year-old father, a retired literature professor.

Teresa: The boys’ mother and Adam’s ex wife.

7 Responses to Overview of Characters

  1. Hope you don’t think I’m creepy … Just came from your music site, and noticed you mentioned there that this was your primary blog. I am a former special ed aide, and so my interest was piqued. And I have to tell you, really, what an awesome and truly heartwarming site. I had the rare and wonderful privilege to work with a 9-year-old autistic student last year, who has a very similar diagnosis to your beautiful Ben. It was a challenging year in many ways, but so rewarding to see this child of God learn, laugh, discover and develop in ways that weren’t predicted by doctors or teachers. I just wanted to leave you a brief comment of encouragement. You have a great story, a great outlook, and two wonderful blessings in your boys. Keep fighting the good fight. God never said life would be easy, but He promises that it will be worth it.

    • Autism Dad says:

      Far from creepy, how about super nice! Seriously, thanks for being interested and for all your encouraging comments. I checked out your blog and was really impressed and am a new subscriber!

      Hope that’s not creepy :)

      • Haha, so now we can creep around each other’s sites together! YES! *pumps fist!* Seriously though, thanks for reading and subscribing. I’ll be looking forward to new posts from you as well. :)

  2. Neeks says:

    You’ve won me over too, I’m subscribing. I thought I did before, but …well, maybe it’s the little nut behind the wheel.

  3. William says:

    I am the 47 year old father of 3 autistic children and although I am still married I can completely relate to what you have gone through with your ex. I have been exiled to the couch for 12 years and am treated as a marginal character in my own home. I have a demanding job and often work 7 days a week to pay for all of the different therapies my children participate in. In addition to that, I also prepare meals most nights and do all the housework. Wife is totally absorbed in her world as autism supermom to the point of ignoring my thoughts on the subject. It’s as if I was the sperm donor and that is the end of it. The majority of the women in her group are divorced and have alienated the husbands just as your ex has done to you. It is appalling to hear them talk about it.

    I guess my point is, I am not a marginal character in my children’s lives. I am very much in tune with their uniqueness and love them as they are. I am inspired by your blog.

  4. Checking in, again. Good blog. I like the “overview of characters”. Nothing wrong with “About”, but I appreciate you going outside the box, which is a profound, redemptive, strategy when you have a kiddo on the autism spectrum. My 16 year old boy was diagnosed with aspergers five years ago, and he already had been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, but they changed it to “mood disorder. He has a thought disorder as well. I want to go back over to your post (May?) about getting fired. I want to comment on that, also. I hope that is okay. T

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