Welcome to my first Dad's Center post! And a big thanks to Daddy Claxton for inviting me to be a part of Dad's Center.
My name is Thomas, and I am the proud dad of four children (9,8,6, and 2) and honored to be the husband of Valerie, my bride of 10 years. We make our home in the Last Best Place – Montana. More specifically, Missoula, the Garden City, where the leaves are now starting to turn and snow coming back to the mountain peaks.
Our oldest, Helena, was diagnosed with autism when she was three. Since then we have done what many other parents of ASD children have done – therapies, diets, school battles, doctor battles, etc. Right now she is in fourth grade, totally inclusive, and is doing well. As for our other three children, Nicholas is a gifted third grader, Olivia is a precocious first grader, and Julia is, well, two. But the sweetest two year old you'll ever find, if I say so myself. 🙂
I started blogging about a year ago as a means to share our experiences in raising a child with autism. More specifically, in our experience the GFCF diet has been the most beneficial thing we have done for Helena, and for our other children as well. I know there are a lot of parents that struggle with the diet, so I began a blog to hopefully help people by sharing our experiences. I few months ago, I started a second blog, which is more specifically geared to my thoughts about autism in general. I invite you to visit my blogs:
So, why am I here?
Having met Daddy Claxton on Twitter and reading the posts at Dad's Center, I recognized this as a community where I wanted to participate. I feel like I belong here, kind of:
– I do have a child on the autism spectrum
– I am an SEC football fan, though not Auburn. I am a South Carolina grad and a Gamecock at heart, which means that my heart has suffered way more than Daddy Claxton's.
– I USED to own a Mac…
– and most importantly, I am a Dad, a job that is sometimes frustrating, sometimes aggravating, sometimes, overwhelming, but ALWAYS rewarding.
So that's me in a nutshell. I am looking forward to posting here, and I hope you will enjoy what I write.
PS I am a social media neophyte that would love to have your friendship! You can follow me at tcdzomba on Twitter or Plurk or Friendfeed, and I am now on Facebook as Thomas Dzomba.