In honor of Father’s Day, I want to shine a light on the Super Dads within our special needs community. Meet today’s Super Dad, Jason Hsieh, father of three and founder of Lakikid, where they help Empower Kids to Have A Life Full of Possibilities.
In 2013, we learned that our son, Keanu was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. Unfortunately, there was very limited resources and therapy opportunities related to Autism in Japan at the time. Sadly, Japanese society as a whole does not openly accept people with disabilities. So we knew we needed to find a community where we could get support and advice to help our son.
We decided to move to Seattle, Washington to seek additional therapies and resources to help our son. However, therapies and sensory products were very expensive and our insurance did not cover them. As we struggled to find affordable, quality products to help our son’s challenges with anxiety, sleep, sensory and attention, we decided to create our own brand instead. That’s when LakiKid was born.
What is your favorite thing about being a special needs dad?
Being able to see the incredible things that our special kids can do every day.
What do you wish people knew about being a special needs dad?
Each child has their unique talent, look for their strength not weakness.
What advice would you give to other special needs dads for cultivating a meaningful relationship with their special needs kiddo?
Reading book together with my kid has been the most rewarding experience and I would high recommend other special needs dads to do the same.
As a caregiver, oftentimes, we give so much of ourselves that we forget to take care of ourselves. What do you do to take care of yourself?
I practice daily miracle morning routine that include exercise, mediation, affirmation and visualization.