Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 80

October 2, 2018

Today’s AUTISM Interview in Autism Parenting Magazine is with Teresa Dannaway who has an 8 year old son (Tyler) with autism and apraxia. Our AUTISM Interview is on page 69-70 and sadly after this AUTISM Interview was conducted her son Tyler passed away and here is a link to his obituary

Around 15 months, he started having seizures and GI issues. This is when he lost his speech (he had about 10 words before the seizures). My sister in law who has a Master’s Degree in Special Education suggested we start him on a gluten free dairy free diet. We started that right away and it was not very difficult to transition him since he had not been on solid foods that long. He has been on the gluten free dairy free diet ever since. We saw a huge difference when we took him off it for a week in preschool. In fact, the teachers begged us to put him back on the diet. He had become aggressive and extremely hyper when off the diet. Tyler was diagnosed with autism at 2 and a half years old. We were not shocked with the diagnosis because we had already suspicioned it. The hardest part we had was finding all the resources available to us (financial as well as therapeutic). This is primarily why I started a local support group. We meet once a month in person and I have a private Facebook group as well. Whenever I come across an autism event, I post it in my Facebook group. That is one way I try to share information. I also host guest speaker events. In fact, we just had one last week about flying with a child with autism. Another way I share information is through my job as Family Care Navigator. I speak to families who are just diagnosed and feel lost. Once you receive the diagnosis, you go through a grieving process because the life you had dreamed of after having a child is different now. There is a poem I like to share called “Welcome to Holland.” It helps explain the new world these recently diagnosed parents enter.

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Today’s word is Parent

February 23, 2012

Be thankful for how you were raised so children will be thankful for how you raised them. The greatest teacher is the one who is willing to learn.

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In Search of Fatherhood?

December 9, 2008

I want to introduce you to a lady who is all about helping young men become better fathers.

Diane A. Sears is the Editor/Author of a book on  Fatherhood and Men’s  Issues – IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® — TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES (,,; the Managing Editor of a quarterly international male parenting journal —IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which is distributed in The Netherlands and the United States on a subscriber basis; and the creator and moderator of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®’s blog at  – all of which facilitates a “Global Dialogue on Fatherhood” for Men who are Fathers from all Walks of Life throughout our global village.  The concept for IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® was created by Sears’ mentor, the late L.T. Henry, a classically trained jazz musician who briefly performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and film and television actress Ms. Della Reese; author; photojournalist; and sales and success motivation trainer who died in March 1999 without having an opportunity to develop his vision of an interactive Fatherhood Forum.   Shortly after Mr. Henry’s death, Sears began the process of resurrecting her late mentor’s vision through the launching of the quarterly international male parenting journal—IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, the publishing of a book, and the creation of a Fatherhood blog.

Sears is a member of the University Council for Akamai University’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies Program ( which is located in Hilo, Hawaii.  She advises the President of Akamai University on Fatherhood issues and assists him in the enhancement of the institution’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies curriculum and in forming strategic alliances with national and international Fatherhood organizations.  She is also a member of the Philadelphia Fatherhood Practitioners Network.  

Ms. Sears has interviewed Men who are Fathers throughout our global village concerning issues directly and indirectly related to Fatherhood and has developed and maintains working relationships with male parenting organizations in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.  She has authored and published reviews for numerous books about Fatherhood and Men’s issues including, but not limited to, Father and Child Reunion:  How To Bring The Dads We Need to the Children We Love, by Warren Farrell, Ph.D.; Swallowed By A Snake:  The Gift Of The Masculine Side Of Healing  by Thomas R. Golden, LCSW;  The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Single Father by Thomas Hoerner;  Nothing’s Wrong:  A Man’s Guide To  Managing His Feelings by David Kundtz; Hey Daddy, Read This by Donald Roberts, an award-winning journalist and anchorman for Virginia’s NBC-affiliate television station WAVY-TV; We Fish: The Journey To Fatherhood by University of Pittsburgh Professor Jack L. Daniel, Ph.D. and his son Omari C. Daniel, Ph.D.; Death To Diabetes:  The 6 Stages Of Type 2 Diabetes Control & Reversal by DeWayne McCulley; Fatherhood by William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D.; The Spirit Of Fatherhood:  Embracing Our Role As Fathers And Reclaiming Our Children by S. Bruce Olamina Stevenson; My Soul To His Spirit:  Soulful Expressions From Black Daughters To Their Fathers by Melda Beaty; Hiccups, Hickeys & HomeworkTM:  A Teenage Girl’s Guide – Living And Loving by Ms. Keysha Whitaker;  25 Things That Really Matter:  A Comprehensive Guide To Making Your Life Better by Gary A. Johnson, the Founder and Publisher of the Homework Help Page and Black Men In and Founder of the Gary A. Johnson Company, a management-training and consulting firm; The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident And Compassionate Kids In An Age Of Self-Importance by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.; and A Promise To Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood And Divorce by television, film and Broadway actor Alec Baldwin.

        A Federal Communications Commission licensee and former Internet radio talk show producer and host, Sears has co-produced numerous Fatherhood forums.  In April 2006, Sears co-moderated the “New Media, Social Entrepreneurship and the Single Father Movement”  Panel at the Eastern Communication Association’s 97th National Conference which ws held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and presented a paper entitled, “Resurrecting A Vision — — Transforming Fatherhood:  The New Media And the Fatherhood Movement”.  In June 2008, Sears launched IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®’s INTERNATIONAL FATHERHOOD AND MEN’S ISSUES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM which is open to students of all academic disciplines and interested individuals throughout our Global Village.

Diane A. Sears

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