Perhaps it’s about time I told you a little about me. Question is…what do I tell you?
Well, here’s a start…
I’m a forty three year old father to three beautiful children. I also have a wonderful fiancee (mum to two of those children), who I am about to marry on 25th July this year. I’m so excited, but extraordinarily nervous too. She is my absolute inspiration, and very supportive over this whole writing thing, which has been a dream I’ve never followed before. Couldn’t tell you why I haven’t, but I’m sure there are plenty of rubbish reasons. Anyway, my fiancee also has two (much more grown up) children. Therefore, between us, we are incredibly lucky enough to have five kids!
Are you keeping up?
If so, before I go into more detail, I need to ask that you bear with me. There is a point to what I’m about to say…
Where the three smaller children are concerned, they have each had various neuro-developmental challenges, on top of some other difficulties. My daughter has something called Goldenhar Syndrome, and recently got a diagnosis of autism, whilst one of our sons also has a diagnosis of autism along with ADHD. Lastly, our other son now too has a diagnosis of ADHD. As such, I guess it is fair to say, that my role in life over the last few years, has been as a (primarily) stay-at-home parent, caring for our children. More specifically, my time is obviously spent, doing those things that most parents do…parenting! But also, between the three kids, I do tend to spend a disproportionate amount of time, in and out of hospital appointments.
The point is, over the years, I have been very passionate around making sure ‘Early Intervention’, is seen as critical in improving our children’s life chances. Needless to say, not just where my own children are concerned either. Believe me, this is much easier said than done, and getting the right support from health, within education and the like, has been/is still, a hard slog.
Because of this, from time to time I get involved in campaigns, or help to spread awareness, around children with ADHD and autism. As I have a daughter with autism, one specific area of concern for me, is the identification and intervention where girls with autism are concerned. This field is specifically challenging in our society, as there is simply not enough information or expertise in my opinion, and therefore, the diagnosis of girls with autism is far too delayed as a general rule.
So there you go…
That’s a snippet about me, and my family life, as it is at the moment. I would love to hear from anyone else in similar circumstances. I’m a big believer that we should all stand firmly together.