About the Book
We’ve all heard the stats – autism affects approximately one out every one hundred children. Autism has burst into the public consciousness in recent years. Along with this explosion came a plethora of books by autism parents. But none are like Big Daddy’s new book.
F. Lewis Stark, aka “Big Daddy Autism,” is the father of a beautiful, thirteen year old autistic boy. Upon hearing Griffin’s diagnosis over a decade ago, he felt as though his world collapsed. Big Daddy often wished there was a resource available to show fathers, in a lighthearted way, that raising a child with a disability was not all about sorrow, lost hopes, and heartache.
That led him to start a blog and write his first book. On his blog and in his book Big Daddy uses funny anecdotes from his experience in raising his son as jumping off points to demonstrate that, while his life did not turn out as he expected, raising an autistic kid is far from misery. Big Daddy shows how acceptance, gratitude and humor help to overcome a great deal of adversity.
The feedback received from the thousands of mothers who have commented at the blog points to a perceived widespread dearth of acceptance by fathers of autistic children. Big Daddy believes that many fathers could benefit from a bit of perspective from someone like him. Someone who has walked in their shoes and, to a certain extent, has seen how acceptance (and a sense of humor) can make life with a disabled child so much better.
Big Daddy’s Tales from the Lighter side of Raising a Kid with Autism is about acceptance more than anything else. Sure there are a ton of poop, fart, and booger stories in there. But mainly Big Daddy shares how his family uses creativity, humor, and acceptance to overcome adversity. Untold numbers of fathers can benefit from this message.
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My Take on the Book
I just recently got connected with Big Daddy and I have to say that I love his wit and willingness to use humor to bring out a point. This book takes this same tone and relates his experiences with Autism and his own child. What I loved about this book is that it does use humor to allow people to see Autism in a completely different light. It allows parents of special needs children and others to understand and appreciate that having a child with special needs is not always difficult.
If you or someone you love has been touched by Autism in some way, read this or share it with others… you will not be disappointed!