Trials and Triumphs of Parenting: Practitioners Look at the Experience of Fathers in Raising Children with Special Needs

  • Sudipta RoyEmail author
  • Prachee Joeg
  • Shruti Bhargava


Parenting children with special needs is a challenging proposition. The burden of caregiving on mothers has been well documented in the past, whereas little is known about the analogous roles played by fathers in the same context. Bearing this in mind, this chapter explores the extent of father involvement, tasks in which fathers get involved, factors contributing to father involvement, the influence of socio-economic status on fathers and positive transformations in the fathers in the context of exceptionality. The authors are practitioners with one to two decades of experience in the field of special needs. The chapter is based on qualitative experiences of the authors as service providers to children with special needs. The authors find a change in the traditional outlook towards role of fathers in bringing up children with special needs. Even so there is a parallel coexistence of healthy contribution versus unhealthy negligence. The impact of this on the well-being of the child with possible directions for change is highlighted in the chapter.


Children with exceptionality Children with special needs Parenting Fathering Caregiving Indian fathers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PSY LENS CENTRE for psychological servicesSuratIndia
  2. 2.Psychologist and Freelance ResearcherPuneIndia
  3. 3.SEHAR, Ek Nayi Udaan, Assessment and Intervention Centre for Differently Abled ChildrenVadodaraIndia

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