Dad To Dad 104 – Dr. Stephen Grcevich

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Dr. Stephen Grcevich, a child & adolescent psychiatrist and founder of Key Ministry, promoting meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with special needs. To find out Key Ministries go to: https://www.keyministry.org To find out about Dr, Grcevich’s book, Mental Health & The Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions, go to https://www.amazon.com/Mental-Health-Church-Including-Conditions/dp/031053481X Follow Stephen Grcevich on Facebook or Twitter: search Key Ministy.

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Dad To Dad 103 – Jonathan McGuire

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Jonathan McGuire. Jonathan and his wife Sarah are parents to Josiah and Jordan who is autistic. Jonathan and Sarah formed HopeAnew.com; a laugh together, cry together, pray together community that helps parents of kids with special needs navigate their path to the future. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To find out about Hope Anew, read the blog and listen to the podcast, go to http://hopeanew.com Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hopeinthetrenches/

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Dad To Dad 102 – Robert Blackwell

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Robert Blackwell, a successful serial entrepreneur who is founder of Killerspin, a luxury table tennis company that’s transformed the sport and been a pioneer in the #UnPlugNPlay movement. His daughter Ali-Yah is 23 and was diagnosed with autism at age 2 as the result of reaching a vaccine. We’ll hear Robert’ and Ali-Yah’s amazing story, how he played ping pong with legal consultant Barack Obama and Pope Francis’ connection to Killerspin. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. To find out about Killerspin

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002 – Randy Lewis: The Walgreens Story & Providing Employment For Those With Disability

The Father Who Was Transformed By His Son’s Autism. And it would lead him, to then transform the lives of thousands of other “differently-abled” Americans. Former Walgreens executive Randy Lewis’ incredible story as part of our Special Fathers series. Transcript: Dad To Dad 2 – Randy Lewis: The Walgreens Story & Providing Employment For Those With Disability Lee Habeeb: This is Lee Habeeb, and this is our American stories and it’s time for our Special Father’s Series, which tells the stories of fathers with special needs children. And it’s brought to us by the Special Fathers Network, which matches up

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005 – Actor Joe Mantegna’s journey with his daughter Mia, who has Autism

Movie, television and Broadway star Joe Mantenga and his wife Arlene discovered that daughter Mia — at two and a half years old — was autistic. Joe shares his journey with listeners of raising an autistic child: finding the right schools and searching for needed resources. He also talks about the special relationship between Mia and her younger sister Gia. Transcript: Dad To Dad 5 – Actor Joe Mantegna’s journey with his daughter Mia, who has Autism David Hirsch: Hi, I’m David Hirsch. This is the Special Fathers Network podcast stories of fathers helping fathers. Joe Mantegna: People say to

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015 – Dan Marquardt Father of 10 Including Six Adopted Kids With Special Needs.

In this Special Fathers’ Network Podcast, David Hirsch talks with Dan Marquardt, from Marquardt of Barrington, Buick GMC. Dan and with his wife Jennifer are parents to 9 children, including six adopted children who all have special needs. It’s an amazing story of a couple who are trying to make the world a better place – and succeeding.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 15 – Dan Marquardt Father of 10 Including Six Adopted Kids With Special Needs. Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children

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016 – Rob Gorski Father of Three Boys With Autism & The Autistic Dad Blog & Website.

This Special Fathers Network Podcast features a series of conversations David Hirsch had over the last few months with The Autism Dad, Rob Gorski. Rob and his wife Liz are parents to three special needs boys.Rob shares his stories and writes of his parenting experiences both positive and negative on his website “The Autism Dad.com.” These interviews took place over several days and we’re featuring them for you now.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 16 – Rob Gorski Father of Three Boys With Autism & The Autistic Dad Blog & Website. Rob Gorski: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The

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021 – Sports radio legend Dan McNeil on raising his Autistic son and best friend, Patrick.

In this Special Fathers Network Podcast, Host David Hirsch talks to Chicago Sports radio legend, Dan McNeil. Dan has been broadcasting all across the radio dial throughout his 30 plus year career in Chicago.Currently he’s broadcasting at his old home, Sports Radio 670, The Score. Dan tells us about being a Dad – a special father to three boys – Van, Patrick and Jack. It’s his second son, Patrick who’s Autistic.The bond between Dan and Patrick is very special. Patrick regards his Dad as his best friend. We’ll hear the story of the McNeil family, Dan’s kids, his wife, Sherri and

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024 – Peter Morici, sight impaired dad, talks of life with an autistic child and another with ADHD.

In this Special Fathers Network podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father Peter Morici, a father of two who has been visually disabled for the past several years. Peter and his wife Elena have been married for 13 years and have two kids, Alex, 11, who is autistic and Jenny, 8, who has a form of ADHD. Peter has spent a lot of time over the years trying to find alternative forms of treatment for his kids. He discovered with the help of others that he could take matters into his own hands and with great success. Also, recently Peter

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025 – Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson opens up about his twins, one who is severely autistic.

In This Special Fathers Network podcast, David Hirsch talks to Special Father Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson. Rabi Artson and his wife Elana are parents of 25 year old twins, Shira and Jacob, who’s severely autistic. Rabbi Artson has found that allowing his non-verbal son Jacob the ability to communicate via keyboard was the key to unlocking many of Jacob’s difficulties. And like many parents of special needs children, the bond between child and parent is very strong indeed. We’ll hear great stories, profound insights and examples of what makes the Artsons a very tight knit family unit.  Transcript: Dad To Dad

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Dad To Dad 026 – David Friedman

In This Special Fathers Network podcast David Hirsch talks to special father, David Friedman. David and his wife Diane are the parents of 4 children, Stacy, Jenna, Helene and Mathew who is autistic. We’ll hear the Friedman story of and how they’ve stuck together as a family unit.And David Friedman who has had a successful business career formed a company called Autonomy Works, where employees with autism use their particular skills to perform needed services for clients. 

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Dad To Dad 027 – Brian Rubin

In This Special Fathers Network podcast David Hirsch talks to special father, Brian Rubin, a lawyer who works with families with special needs kids. Brian and his wife Linda have been married 41 years and have three grown children, Nicole, Benji, and Mitchell, who is autistic. We’ll hear the Rubin family story, get some sage advice, and we’ll hear about Brian’s legal work and how he and his team really help the special needs community. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network podcast.

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Dad To Dad 033 – Lee Jorwic

Lee Jorwic, a manufacturers sales rep tells about his life with an autistic son and how facilitative communication has allowed Chris to share his thoughts with the world around him. We’ll also hear about Lee’s work as Chairman of the Board of the Ray Graham Association, creating opportunities that empower people with disabilities. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network Podcast. 

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Dad to Dad 100 – Doron Almog

In this 100th episode of the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, we are both honored and pleased to welcome a truly exceptional father, Doron Almog, retired Major General, Israel Defense Forces. Doron is a truly heroic figure in his native Israel. During his 34-year military career he was involved in dozens of high level missions including the legendary rescue of the 105 Jewish Air France hostages from the Entebbe, Uganda airport in 1976.Doron and his wife Didi have been married 42 years and are the proud parents of three children: one of whom Eran, was born with Autism and

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Dad to Dad 099 – Dr. Lawrence Fung

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Dr. Lawrence Fung, a psychologist and Director of the Stanford University Neurodiversity Alliance. Dr. Fung and his wife Michele have two children Hannah,13 and Zachary, 16, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. We’ll hear Dr. Fung talk about his work to help take advantage of the inherent talents of individuals with Autism. It’s a fascinating glimpse at a man who is changing the world for the better. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Find out more about the Stanford Neurodiversity

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Dad to Dad 098 – David Hall

In this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father David Hall, the founder of Life Guides For Autistics and Neuroguides. David has three children who are all on the Autism spectrum and more recently discovered he is too. We’ll hear some sage advice and pearls of wisdom from David in this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Here’s our host, David Hirsch. Show Links: Jeff Erlinger with Mr. Rogers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BZlyxS37Kk Find out more about the Autism spectrum at https://neuroclastic.com Find out more about Neuroguides at https://neuroguides.org

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Dad to Dad 094 – Jarell Roach

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father, Air Force reservist and stand-up comic Jarrell Roach. Jarell, and his wife Kinesha, have four children; John, Karia, Jeremiah and Karley. Both Karia and Jeremiah have Autism. We’ll hear about Jarell’s family, his military service and about being campus director for Greater Omaha Youth for Christ. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Show Links: Find out all about Jarrel at: https://jroachpresentations.com Find out about Greater Omaha Youth for Christ at http://goyfc.org

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Dad to Dad 078 – Chad Johnson

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, Host David Hirsch speaks with Chad Johnson. Chad is a father of six children and a military veteran with three tours of duty. Chad talks frankly to David Hirsch about dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while raising 6 kids including Cameron who was diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome. Chad is also heavily involved with Retrieving Freedom a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that pairs military veterans and youth with Autism with service dogs. Chad also has his own service dog, who has really helped Chad deal with his PTSD. To see more on

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Dad to Dad 075 – Mark Paterson

That’s Mark Paterson, an executive in the industrial equipment industry, and father of a boy who is autistic. Mark speaks candidly with our host David Hirsch about some of the difficulties of raising a child with special needs. That’s on this Dad to Dad podcast. To find out about Little City go to www.littlecity.org.

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Dad to Dad 073 – Dr. Jim Rigg

On this Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch talks to special father, Jim Rigg, the superintendent of catholic education at the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jim has four children including Daniel, who is autistic and diabetic. We’ll hear about the challenges of raising a son with multiple special needs and about Jim’s personal work in helping educate other kids with special needs. That’s all in this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. To find out more about the schools of the Archdioscese of Chicago click on schools.archchicago.org.

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Dad to Dad 070 – Dan Tepperman

Host David Hirsch talks to special father, Dan Tepperman. Dan has two boys including 20 year old Scott who is autistic. Dan talks about the challenges and rewards of raising a child with special needs and the family’s decision to use Little City (www.littlecity.org) to help Scott thrive and the family to regain its balance. That’s all in this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network.

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