My husband has been an amazingly devoted father to our daughter. When she was diagnosed with autism, he did whatever he could to find the best people and resources possible to help her. Because of my husband's diligence, he found a well-regarded psychologist who did extensive testing of our daughter which resulted in an autism diagnosis. The psychologist made sure we knew what could be done to help our daughter.
Then, because of his hard work, we had one of the top experts in the field meet with us and help get our daughter into a university study to help with her rigidity issues. This study has helped them immensely.
Because of his thorough research, he fought to get needed services when others felt our daughter wouldn't qualify for them. These services have had an amazing impact on our daughter. She is now much more social and flexible. The change in her has been amazing.
His involvement with our daughter extends beyond this, however. He is the person who is sure to make her laugh. She lights up when she sees him. As soon as we hear his car parking in the garage, she joyfully runs to to the door to give him the biggest greeting she can! Yet, at the same time, he doesn't shy away from discipline. He makes sure she is learning right from wrong and that she is developing character. I know she has an amazing respect for him because of this.
It's important for him to support her and be there for her. Last week, he had an amazing opportunity to go back to his childhood neighborhood where old friends he hadn't seen in ages were gathering from all over the country for a reunion. He really wanted to go, but ultimately decided not to. Why? Because our daughter had a dance recital that same weekend. It was more important for him to watch her dance than to go back to see friends he hadn't seen in ages. Personally, I thought it was the wrong decision, but it wasn't to him. He knew he was where he was supposed to be.
He is an amazing father.