Proud Autism Dad, Fat Joe
Make Moves Monday's
It's Autism Awareness month and we salute all of the Superstar Parents.
One Swaggerdad that I know, Fat Joe may be known for his rap hits in the Hip Hop world since 1992 but behind the scenes he's been making moves as an Autism parent.
Joe spoke out about his son Joey and a few years back and gave us a peek into what he faced when his son was diagnosed.
"He was a special needs child, I raised him with my parents. His mom couldn't handle him, and instead of him going to a center we raised him all of his life. I had to learn the responsibilities of being a parent the hard way."
We salute you Fat Joe, keep up the great job you doing as a Dad and of cause keep bringing those HITS!!
Check out this clip Joe shared of his son's birthday party. A family that stays together slays together.
Here's some tip's we all should know. It's a hard world but together we can make it better. Bless you all.
10 Things Special Needs and Autism Parents Wish You Knew:
- People don’t need to feel awkward when they’re around my son. Yeah, they may need to treat him a little differently, but I wish they wouldn’t be weirded out.
- Not all autism is the same.
- People seem to think that because my son isn’t like the one single other person they know on the spectrum, that he must not be autistic.
- These kids love. They need love. They are wonderful and bring enormous joy and laughter to those who love them.
- Knowing one child with autism doesn’t mean anything really – they’re all so different. Please don’t tell me my son doesn’t have it because he looks so different from the other kid you know on the spectrum.
- Kids with special needs are smart. Talented. Creative, and thoughtful. It may not be obvious all the time – their minds work differently.
- If my daughter is making strange noises, feel free to look. She’s just making them because she’s excited. Please don’t stand there and gape at us with your mouth hanging open.
- If you see my son in a grocery store, he may be head nuzzling, chewing on the corner of his shirt, or spinning. He’s anxious. I will not scold him, so please do not look at me as if I should. He can’t help how his body receives stimuli. He is trying to cope with the way his body is affected by his surroundings.
- From onlookers who think I am not addressing my child’s odd behaviors: I ask for a little empathy. Don’t judge. Try to understand that his environment strongly affects him.
- Please accept our kids the way that you assume we will accept yours