205 – Justin DeVault of Algonquin, IL, The Father of Three Including a Daughter with Autism & Son Who Suffered a Brain Stroke

Our guest this week is Justin DeVault of Algonquin, IL. Justin and his wife, Margaret, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of three; Hazel (3), Alice (5) and Henry (13). Hazel was diagnosed with Autism and Henry had a brain stroke shortly after birth, that lead to the loss of his sight and has impaired his neurological development. We’ll learn about Justin’s journey, which included a sister with special needs and who is legally blind, teaching in a Montessori School, the full range of challenges their children have encountered and a number of organizations that have

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201 – Duncan Keya of Nairobi, Kenya Father of Four Including a Daughter With Albinism & Son With Autism.

Our guest this week is Duncan Keya of Nairobi, Kenya, the father of four children and a Designated Migration Officer at the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi. Duncan and his wife, wife, Faith, have been married for six years and are the proud parents of four children: Luka (5), who has Autism, Khalayi (2) who has Albinism and two other children: Keith (13) and Kaylee (6) from his first marriage. Duncan has become an outspoken advocate for families raising children with all types of special healthcare needs and has helped start the SFN Nairobi Dads Meetup Group. It’s a very compelling

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195 – Susanna Peace-Lovell of Marina del Rey, CA Is An Outspoken Advocate for Families Raising Children With Special Needs

Our guest this week is Susanna Peace-Lovell, a single mother, certified life coach and advocate for the health and wellness of all special needs families. Susanna’s daughter, Arizona, has ADHD, Eczema, severe food allergies, sensory and auditory processing disorders as well as Autism. We’ll hear Susanna’s story, her work as a life coach and her dedication to serve families raising children with special healthcare needs. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links: Email – susanna@susannapeacelovell.comLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/susannapeace/Website – https://www.susannapeacelovell.comCheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center – https://www.cheerfulhelpers.orgThe Children’s Ranch – http://www.thechildrensranch.orgSocial Foundations LA – https://www.socialfoundationsla.comWe Are Brave Together – https://www.wearebravetogether.com Transcript: Coming

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186 – Mark Miller of Marietta, GA, Leadership Guru & Author, Chick-fil-A Exec, Enlightened By His Son With Cerebral Palsy & Autism

Our guest this week is Mark Miller, of Marietta, GA a self proclaimed ‘chicken salesman’ and one of the original employees at Chick-fil-A, where he has worked for more than 40 years and currently serves as Vice-President of High Performance Leadership. Mark is a best selling author or co-author of nine books with more than one million copies in print and in 25+ languages. Mark is also a well respected pubic speaker and executive coach who has had the privilege to teach and lead in not-for-profit organizations domestically and globally. Mark and his wife Donna have been married for 39 years

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183 – Jason Hsieh of University Park, WA, Founder of LakiKid & Father of Three, Including a Son With Autism

Our guest this week is Jason Hsieh of University Park, WA. Jason and his wife Miho have been married for 11 years and are the proud parents of three children: Moani (3) who has speech delays, Luana (7) who was diagnosed with Leukemia, and Keanu (10), who has Autism and ADHD. Jason is founder of LakiKid, a company whose motto is to ‘Empower Kids To Have A Life Full Of Possibilities’ and that sells sensory tools and toys that help kids with autism and other special needs at school and at home. Jason is also a member of the first SFN

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178 – Gary Martinez Of Colorado Springs, A Personal Fitness Trainer, Author & Single Father Of 2, Including A Child With Autism

David Hirsch’s guest this week on The Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Gary Martinez of Colorado Springs, CO, a personal fitness trainer, author and single father of two, including Monica, who is on the Autism Spectrum. We’ll hear how Gary has used his fitness training principles to help train Monica to live a happier and better life as well as how he navigates being an involved single father of two from different mothers. We’ll also hear about his book, “Living Life Through Their Eyes – Our Journey Together On The Autism Spectrum.” That’s all on this SFN Dad

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176 – U.S. Army Colonel Mark Huhtanen Of Columbia, SC Is A 25 Year Combat Veteran With A 15 Year Old Non-Verbal Son With Autism

David Hirsch’s guest this week is Colonel Mark Huhtanen of Columbia, SC, a 25 year combat veteran of the US ARMY, who has served four active duty tours, and is the father of two, including a non-verbal son with Autism. Mark and his wife, Shelly, have been married for 18 years and are the proud parents of two boys;Hayden (17) and Broden (15) who is non-verbal and has Autism. Serving in the military and raising a family presents unique challenges. Raising a child with special needs, while serving in the military requires an extra level of dedication and additional resources like

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172 – Greg Hubert of Torrance, CA & Leader At Joni & Friends, Reflects On Having Three Boys On The Autism Spectrum

Meet Greg Hubert of Torrance, CA, who is an executive at Joni & Friends, the Christian Global Disability Ministry and father of three boys on the Autism spectrum. Greg and his wife, Gina, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three boys; Zachary (29), Tyler (27) and Tate (23), who are all on the Autism spectrum. Greg reflects on his Faith, his career in the medical device sales industry, the call to do work at Joni & Friends, and the rather unusual as well as dysfunctional relationship with his biological father. We also learn a great

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169 – Frederick Jefferson of Houston, TX – Army Veteran & Founder Of Man II Man, A Group For Dads Raising Children With Autism

Our guest this week is Frederick Jefferson of Houston, TX, who is the father of three, an Army veteran, retiree from the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons and founder of Man II Man, a non-profit effort serving families raising children with special needs. Frederick was inspired to create Man II Man based on his experience raising his daughter, Jasmine (22), who has Autism. We’ll hear Frederick’s story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Blue Skies Over Autism – http://blueskyesoverautism.com/index.html Man II Man. http://blueskyesoverautism.com/man-ii-man-support-group.html Transcript: Coming Soon!

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167 – Mike Ensminger of Conroe, TX – A Stepfather To Three, Including A Son With Autism, Shares His Journey

Our guest this week is Mike Ensminger of Conroe, TX. Mike is the father of three, including Aaron, 15, who is autistic. We’ll hear about Mike’s journey as a stepfather to a child with special needs, about his faith walk and much more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Blue Skies Over Autism – http://blueskyesoverautism.com Night of Superstars Houston – http://www.nightofsuperstars.org/houston/ Autism On The Seas – https://autismontheseas.com Mike’s Cell # – 469-733-7364 Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working tirelessly to research, develop and bring forward medicines for people

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166 – Dr. Taruj Ali – Father of Three & A Pulmonologist Reflects On Raising A Son With Severe Autism

Our guest this week is Dr. Taruj Ali, a pulmonologist and father of three, including Daanish (20) who has severe Autism and is non-verbal. We’ll hear the Ali family story and with the help of organizations like MUHSEN, the PANDAS Center and Autism Society of Central VA, how they have helped Daanish live a happy and satisfying life. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. MUHSEN – www.muhsen.org The Autism Society of Central Virginia: https://ascv.org PANDAS Center, Richmond, VA – https://www.medicinenet.com/pandas/richmond-va_city.htm Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working

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164 Brian Martin – Father Of Twin Boys Born at 23 Weeks Weighing A Total Of 28 Ounces, The Smallest Ever To Survive & Thrive

Our guest this week is Special Father Brian Martin, father of eighteen-year-old twins born at 23 weeks, weighing 11 ounces and 1 lb 1 once, the smallest surviving twins on record. We’ll hear about health issues they experienced after birth and how they are persevering despite Tyler’s Autism and Calahan’s Cerebral Palsy. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast LindedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-martin-06774470/ On Instagram send a direct message to Brian at: #bmartinsports Parents of Exceptional Children – https://www.tricountyresourcenet.org/search/bernards-parents-for-exceptional-children-pec/ A Seat At The Table Foundation Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/A-Seat-at-the-Table-Foundation-2054459918183793/?ref=page_internal Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s

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162 – Bailey Pratt, Father of Three, Co-Founder of The Jiselle Lauren Foundation, Named After His Daughter with Rett Syndrome

Our guest this week is Bailey Pratt of Franklin, TN. Bailey and his wife Jill are parents to three children, including Jiselle who has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological genetic disorder that causes severe muscle movement disability. We’ll hear the Pratt family story including the creation of The Jiselle Lauren Foundation on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. The Jiselle Lauren Foundation – https://www.thejisellelaurenfoundation.org FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/watch/thejisellelaurenfoundation/ Email – bailey.pratt@thejisellelaurenfoundation.org International Rett Syndrome Foundation – https://www.rettsyndrome.org Rett University – https://rettuniversity.org Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working tirelessly to research,

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161 – Canadian Entrepreneur Chris Jones, Father of Two, Including A Son With Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Our guest this week is Canadian entrepreneur Chris Jones, father of two boys; Trey (14) and Derek (17), who has Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia. Interestingly, DCD impacts 1:20 youth, three times more prevalent than Autism, but goes mostly undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed. We’ll hear about Chris, his family, his experience as a successful entrepreneur, his passion for coaching business owners and entrepreneurs and DCD. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Strategic Traction – www.StrategicTraction.ca EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Worldwide – https://www.eosworldwide.com Dyspraxia Foundation (UK) – https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia/ Dr. Pauline Kamps – https://drkamps.ca Book by Dr. Pauline Kamps –

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160 Osman Arain – A Financial Advisor of Pakistani Descent Reflects on Raising a Child Who is a Spastic Quad with CP & Autism

Our guest this week is Osman Arain, who is the father of four including Sarina, his oldest, who is a spastic quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Osman was born in Scotland, raised in England and moved to U.S. where he went to college at Dartmouth and graduate school at Columbia. He is a financial advisor with Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management in Evanston, IL. Osman reflects on his marriage to his lovely wife, Saba, being the father of four girls and the challenges of maintaining work-life and family balance We’ll hear Osman’s family story on this Special Fathers Network

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150 – Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL Father of Four Including a Son With Autism

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Mitch Gardner of Jacksonville, FL. Mitch and his wife Ellen have four children including 14-year-old Davis who has severe Autism and is non-verbal. We’ll hear Mitch’s story including his work with the Peace of Heart Autism Community and Ellen’s work with the Tim Tebow Foundation. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Tim Tebow Foundation; https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ Special Nation: http://www.specialnation.org/ Peace of Heart: https://www.pohc.org/ Email Mitch at: mitchg@revmedgroup.com Transcript: Tom Couch: Special, thanks to horizon therapeutics for sponsoring today’s special father’s network, dad to dad podcast, working tirelessly to

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134 – James Mack of Columbia, SC Has Been Dedicated to Serving the Autism Community Since 1982

Our guest this week is James Mack of Columbia, SC. James has spent his career working with people who have Autism. He also has a step-son who is autistic. We’ll hear James’ unique story and many words of wisdom about raising a child with special needs. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. South Carolina Autism Society – www.scautism.org Brookland Baptist Church – https://brooklandbaptist.org Concussion Legacy Foundation – https://concussionfoundation.org Chicago Youth Foundation – Hockey On Your Block – https://www.chicagoyouthfoundation.org Gigi’s Playhouse – www.gigisplayhouse.org Special Olympics Illinois – www.soill.org Rob Johnson Consulting – www.rj47llc.com Rob’s email – robjohnson@RJ47LLC.com Transcript: Coming Soon

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129 – Teacher Michael Striegl Dedicates His Life To Kids Including His Two Children With Autism

David Hirsch’s guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Michael Striegl. Michael is a teacher whose core mission is to help children. Michael himself has two kids who are both autistic. Hear his story of being adopted and later raising two kids with differing special needs. It’s a fascinating listen and all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 129 — Teacher Michael Striegl Dedicates His Life To Kids Including His Two Children With Autism [00:00:00] Tom Couch: The Special Fathers Network is thrilled to be sponsored by Rubin Law.

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128 – Navy Veteran Evan Spotswood of San Clemente, CA Has Two Young Children With Autism

Our guest this week is Evan Spotswood of San Clemente, CA. Evan works in facilities management at Chapman University and has two children; Fletcher and June, who are both autistic. He served 5 1/2 years in the Navy, which included two deployments. We’ll hear his faith, his family and some of his challenges and triumphs, including overcoming alcoholism on this Special Fathers Network, Dad to Dad Podcast. Beach Kids Therapy San Clemente – https://www.beachkidstherapy.com Stepping Forward, LCC – https://www.steppingforwardcounselingcenter.com Evan’s Email Address – Evan.Spotswood@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 128 – Navy Veteran Evan Spotswood of San Clemente, CA Has Two Young Children With Autism

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123 – From Russia With Love: Alex Lyubelsky Has a Daughter With Autism, ADHD & Cognitive Challenges.

David Hirsch’s guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Alex Lyubelsky. Alex and his family came to the U.S. from Russia when he was a boy. He now lives in Wheaton, Illinois and works in corporate recruiting. He and his wife Tonie have two children, one of whom, Amanda, has mild retardation, Autism ADHD and Aspergers. We’ll hear about Alex’s journey to the U.S.and how he and Tonie have worked together to raise their two children. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Contact Alex at alyubelsky@yahoo.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 123 –

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122 – SOAR Founder Stephen “Doc” Hunsley Lost His Son At Age 5 To Dravet Syndrome and Autism

Our guest this this week is Stephen “Doc” Hunsley . Doc is a father of three children, one of whom, Mark, sadly passed away at age five due to complications from Dravet Syndrome and Autism. Doc is the founder of SOAR (Special Opportunities Abilities & Relationships) Special Needs, focusing on Abilities/the positive not Disabilities/the negative. We’ll hear Doc’s life story, including his time in the Air Force, the loss of his brother at five days, the loss of his career as a pediatrician and more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. For more information about SOAR Special Needs

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120 – Mark Arnold of Bournemouth, England, Advocates For Fathers Raising Children Like His Son, Who Has Autism & Epilepsy

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Mark Arnold. Mark and his wife Clare live in Bournemouth, South England and are parents to Phoebe and James, who is autistic, has epilepsy and is mostly non verbal. Mark is the director of the Urban Saints Additional Needs Ministry, hosts the Additional Needs Blogfather blog, and started an advocacy group called Dad’s File Circle. We’ll hear his story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. LINKS-Urban Saints:  https://www.urbansaints.org/additionalneeds Additional Needs Alliance:   http://additionalneedsalliance.org.ukand https://www.facebook.com/groups/additionalneedsalliance/  The Additional Needs Blogfather:   https://theadditionalneedsblogfather.com The Dads’ Fire Circle (Founded July 2020): https://thedadsfirecircle.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedadsfirecircle/ YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sK7U6d0r_7uVmyg0yN5sQ

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119 – Al Feria Father Of Four Including A Non-verbal Son With Autism & Works With One Collective

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with special father Al Feria. Al has four children, including John, who is autistic and non-verbal. Al works for One Collective a christian not for profit helping integrate communities across the globe. We’ll hear his intriguing story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To find out about One Collective go to: onecollective.orgContact Al directly at: Alcoleparis@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 119 – Al Feria Father Of Four Including A Non-verbal Son With Autism & Works With One Collective Tom Couch: The Special Fathers Network

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117 – Chris LaFriniare: Co-Creator of A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group & Father of Zachary Who Has Autism

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Chris LaFriniere. Chris is the founder of the Bunch of Dads Facebook group that currently has over 120,000 members. Chris also has a son Zachary who is autistic. We’ll hear Chris’ story on this Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links:A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/abunchofdadsContact Chris LaFriniere at” CLafriniere@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 117 Chris LaFriniare: Co-Creator of A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group & Father of Zachary Who Has Autism Tom Couch: The Special Fathers Network is thrilled to be sponsored by Rubin Law. A multigenerational

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111 – Registered Nurse Roddy Vannoy Juggles Caring For COVID Patients And Two Daughters with Autism

In this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Roddy Vannoy about the challenges of being a single father of three girls, including two with autism. Roddy is a registered nurse who treats COVID patients and his story is an amazing one. For more information on the Special Fathers Network, go to https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/ Show links: Here’s where you can purchase the book “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Meg Meeker M.D.https://www.amazon.com/Strong-Fathers-Daughters-Secrets-Father/dp/0345499395 Reach out to Roddy Vannoy at RoddyVannoy@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 111 – Registered Nurse Roddy Vannoy Juggles Caring For COVID Patients And Two Daughters with Autism Roddy

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