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My name is Rob Gorski and I thought this would be a great chance to introduce you to The Autism Dad Blog (born August 1, 2015). I figured I would start things off by telling you a little bit about myself and my experience within the special needs community.

As I said prior, my name is Rob Gorski and I’m really excited to meet you. I’m a 37-year-old Autism advocate, writer, hardcore techie, Google android fanatic, creator of the My Autism Help Forums. However, more importantly, I’m a Dad to 3 amazing boys and husband to my best friend.  All 3 of my boys are on the Autism Spectrum and have other serious health issues. Gavin is 16, Elliott is 10 and Emmett is 7.
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Things can be very difficult and every day seems to be more challenging than the last, however, I always somehow manage to survive and keep myself and my moving forward.

About 8 years ago, I discovered that I enjoy writing and was actually really good at it. I soon realized that writing was a great outlet for me. I think it was so beneficial because I was able to really vent my frustrations and walk away feeling a little less burdened by the stress in my life.

Essentially, it made me a better father and all around person.

My new found passion for writing led me to found the multiple award-winning Lost and Tired blog. I created Lost and Tired as a means of sharing my story and reaching out to others within the special needs community, particularly those families touched by Autism.

Over time, I began to realize that Lost and Tired had run its course and it was to semi-retire it and start over. By semi-retire, I mean the site will remain live, as a reference for the community but I will no longer be publishing under that name.  

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Starting over is never easy but I feel that in doing so, I can put the past behind me and continue to help the Autism and Special Needs communities in a positive way.

My goal with The Autism Dad blog is to educate people and help them better understand what life can be like for families with a special needs child (or in my case, three children). I share this story from the perspective of a Dad, in a very honest and transparent way, even if it doesn’t paint me in a good light.

If you feel like you know me after reading what I’ve shared, it’s because you really do get to know the real me. I’m imperfect, flawed and an expert mistake maker. I’m one person, one human being, trying to do a job that sometimes requires superhuman abilities.  I’m as far from perfect as someone can be but I never give up, I’m tenacious and I will move mountains for my loved ones, especially my children.

I want to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Autism and show how my life and the lives of my children are affected by it each and every day. Believe it or not, it’s not always bad. In fact, it can actually be pretty damn amazing at times.

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Since I began writing about 8-plus years ago, I have been interviewed countless times, both in print and on the radio. I have also been published by CNN as well as countless other blogs and websites from around the globe. Lost and Tired has grown tremendously since its inception, garnering over 70,000,000 hits on Lost and Tired. That’s pretty amazing for a personal blog in a niche category.

My readers are the very best in the world and exist in almost every single country in the world, literally. I’m not bragging. I just think that’s so cool. 🙂

My personal philosophy is that only when people can understand and relate, will they become truly Autism Aware. I believe that as Autism and Special Needs Parents, sharing our stories is the best way to educate the public as well as other people within the Autism and Special Needs community.

I have also created a dedicated support forum called, My Autism Help. My Autism Help is a support forum for anyone touched by Autism or any other Special Needs type condition. We are a group of parents that have been there. It’s a safe, judgment-free place to seek advice, vent your frustrations and share your victories. My Autism Help is accessible directly from my blog or via the FREE My Autism Help app for android devices and located on the Google Play Store.

I love my family more than anything in the world but I’m still human and can feel overwhelmed, frustrated, defeated and angry. I think The Autism Dad summarizes who I am.

I encourage others to share their story with the world, in order to help break the silence and spread Autism Awareness.

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

I really look forward to getting to know all of you. Please take a second and introduce yourself and share a bit about what your experience below.

Until next time.

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    • Michael on May 15, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    I too feel lost and tired but now I found the autism dad site and feel somewhat hopeful for my son Dominic ! ( he’s such a sweet and kind 8 year old) Im constantly looking up things to help him in his daily life and reading up on the subject always trying to remain positive ! Glad I bumped into you!

    • Kathleen on February 25, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    I have a 25 yr old son with severe autism. equires restraint once or twice a month. Love him with all my heart but cannot get support for him in my home. Facing out of state placement. Crushed but have no good options. I am 65 and not sure how many more restraints I have left. Any advice. I understand you are not where I am but I am unable to work also.

      • Tu on July 26, 2019 at 10:38 am
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      I’m sending a big virtual hug to you My Sister. I wish I had something more tangible to give, but I just want you to know I’ve prayed for you and your Precious Son❤️
      I pray that you’ll receive all that you and your son need to help

  1. Does anyone here have any experience with service dogs for autistic kids? I have heard some very encouraging stories, and I’m thinking about looking into it. Looking forward to hearing your opinions. Here is one website of an organization that trains the dogs http://www.dogs4lives.com Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!

      • RB on December 20, 2018 at 7:18 pm
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      Hello
      We to were looking at a dog for autistic child. But didn’t feel justified being our son has animals to play with etc.
      But we did want a dog and one thing to remember is study the breed as some are very low key and adapt well with the surrounding.
      We have a few cavachon and those are smaller dogs so of course it’s pros and cons. But he can take it along to bed when he wants to rest or cuddle up in recliner.
      So that is our dog story.
      Our son has had a few concussion so we are not just dealing with autism.
      Life is a challenge but want to take one day at a time.

    • Brandon Knox on September 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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    Hello! I’m Brandon. I have four year old that has autism and is non-verbal. I am a stay at home father. I find this blog really helpful and inspiring. I can relate to several topics. Feeling left out when I go to the park and it’s all moms is pretty intimidating. The question, “What do you do for a living?” Also, the hinting by people that you’re not doing enough. Thank you for this blog.

    1. Brandon,

      Hey friend!! It’s really nice to meet you. I can so relate. I’ve been there, far too many times. I had to learn to stop caring about what other people were thinking. It’s not easy but it helps. ☺

      I’ve been at this for the better part of 20 years and people still hint that I’m not doing enough or I should get a job outside the home. I’d love to have the freedom to do that but it’s not in the cards, at least for now. Stay strong my friend.

        • Tu on July 26, 2019 at 10:43 am
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        Hi Rob!!! Thank You for doing a job that would make the toughest marine quit and run for cover!!!!
        I’ve got three young adults two on the spectrum and one with ADD and suspected HFA.
        Sometimes, I wish the government would subsidize for parents of special needs kids. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but it’s mine. We do more for our kids than most school systems, who although they mean well often make it worse.
        Anyways, THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO!

    • Meme on September 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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    Please read about Nemechek Protocol and watch the YouTube videos…of course it is not a cure but this lifestyle change heals…it has helped my family.

    • Michelle on August 1, 2018 at 1:13 am
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    Hello I have watched my daughter change over a period of about 8 months and still regressing ! She has lost all her communication verbal and non verbal ! She lost her cognitive abilities and know slowly her physical! I feel perilized that I can not help her or stop the regression ! I ha dnonclue something this horrific existed! It is such a pain ful experience so watch this process happen to my daughter and to see the regression still continuing! They said my daughter was autistic and it was regressional and now I find out that they call CDD regressional autism now …… and when I looked it up on YouTube I found you post and you discrive everything to the tee of what is happening! I need a help and support from someone that is or has gone through this

      • Preet on June 28, 2019 at 2:22 am
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      Hi Michelle. What was her age at diagnosis.
      And how old is she now?
      My twin boy has been diagnosed with ASD at 1.7 years

    • Peggy Williams on November 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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    I want to share your meme about autism meltdowns (has your blog address) in my facebook group. but the one I saw is too small to read. 🙁 Can you share the original meme with me?

    • DeBorah Palmer on November 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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    My name is DeBorah Palmer and my brother Stephen Palmer has Autism. I’m 57 and Stephen is 55. Our parents both passed away many years ago and it is just Stephen and I, no other siblings. Stephen lives in a Group Home Residence in Queens, New York. I live in Brooklyn, NY. He visits me about once a month. Here is a blog post I wrote about Rosemary Kennedy. https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2016/10/18/rosemary-the-hidden-kennedy-daughter/

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