| Published: June 25, 2020
‘It has taken me into a whole new life and world, a turning point’: Fathers’ Experiences of the Diagnosis of Autism
This manuscript focusses on the experiences of fathers before and after the diagnosis of autism. Using a qualitative approach, the study mapped the passage of twelve fathers of children with autism. Though the diagnosis was perceived as being devastating and shocking it opened the pathways for treatment and interventions. The new situation led to confidence, cognitive valuation as well as a sense of empowerment for the fathers. The major challenges were their child’s uncertain future, social survival, and the child’s potential for future independence. This study makes a significant contribution to the existing literature as few studies focus on the personal experiences of fathers. The extent of involvement and the intense desire to work with their child clearly shows the evolving role of fathers in our society. There is a need to encourage, value their contribution, and engage them in the child’s special education process and intervention activities.
This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
© 2020, V Jagan & A Sathiyaseelan
Received: June 05, 2020; Revision Received: June 21, 2020; Accepted: June 25, 2020
Published in Volume 08, Issue 2, April- June, 2020