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My name is Rob Gorski and I’d like to welcome you to The Autism Dad blog (formerly Lost and Tired). I’m the father of three amazing kids, Gavin is 18, Elliott is 12 and Emmett is 10. My wife Lizze and I have been married since September 3, 2003. In some ways we are like every other family in the world and in many other ways, we are not.

What makes us so unique is that all three of our boys are on the Autism Spectrum. For contextual purposes only, it’s important to note that while not his biological father, I’ve raised Gavin as my own since he was about a year old and adopted him many years ago.

The only reason that’s important to know is that we are a blended family and we’re asked by people with relative frequency if we knew Gavin was Autistic, why would we have more kids?  That’s sort of an awful question to ask anyone but if our intent is to educate, it’s a question I need to answer.

Without question, our kids are truly amazing human beings and better than me I in every way.

My blogging journey began all the way back in 2010 as a means of coping with everything that was going on with Gavin. This blog contains thousands of pages and over 12,000 posts. This is the real-life story of a family coping not only with Autism but multiple, very serious physical and emotional health issues.

Some of the various awards I’ve been honored to receive

While reading, you will bear witness to all the raw emotions I’ve experienced along the way. You’ll experience our true happiness and utter heartbreak as life presents us with things that no child should ever have to face, or any family has to deal with. It’s raw, visceral, transparent and brutally honest. It’s our real-life story and we don’t hide from it.

For almost a decade, people from across the globe have found comfort and solace in my thoughts because they put words to what they’ve been feeling.

Over the years, I’ve amassed upwards of one hundred million views and received tons of awards for my work within the Autism community.

I provide support to the Autism community, both publicly and privately.

My mission is to show others of similar circumstance that they are not alone, while at the same time, educating the rest of the world as to what Autism families can experience daily.

I do all of this out of a true desire to make a difference and set a positive example for my kids.

Should you desire to learn more about my situation without reading through hundreds of posts, simply click here

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Parenting Tip: Many children with ASD experience breakouts of hives (urticaria). What do hives look like? Clusters of swollen red, pink or pale welts that are itchy and painful. They are usually activated by environmental and stress triggers and can be treated, but it will mean a trip to the doctor.