40 episodes

Dad-ability is dedicated to supporting, and empowering dads of all kids with disabilities by encouraging dads to be vulnerable, open up and share stories of success, struggle and everything in between.

Have a story to share with other dads?
Get in touch: dadabilitypodcast@gmail.com

Drop me a voice message using the link below:
https://anchor.fm/rob-hale9/message

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Dad-ability Rob Hale

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Dad-ability is dedicated to supporting, and empowering dads of all kids with disabilities by encouraging dads to be vulnerable, open up and share stories of success, struggle and everything in between.

Have a story to share with other dads?
Get in touch: dadabilitypodcast@gmail.com

Drop me a voice message using the link below:
https://anchor.fm/rob-hale9/message

Dad-ability is proudly brought to you by WeFlex, fitness for everybody. Connecting people living with a disability and unique needs with the health and fitness industry.

Visit www.weflex.com.au to find out more information

    Overwhelmed 🌊

    Overwhelmed 🌊

    I made a commitment when I started Dad-ability that I would openly talk about the struggles as well as the successes and practical strategies. This episode is me at my most vulnerable. It’s raw. It’s honest and it’s something every parent of a child with disability can relate to. What happens when everything becomes too much? What happens when you reach your limit? What happens when you don’t have all the answers. On todays episode I don’t have the answers, but I wanted to share this experience in the hope next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed that you talk about it too, you ask for help and support and you don’t judge yourself for feeling this way.

    • 22 min
    Mentally Fit

    Mentally Fit

    Being both physically fit and mentally fit is super important when raising kids with disabilities to ensure you look after yourself and your wellbeing. Mental Fitness is about priming your mind, exercising your brain and tuning into the world around you to make the most of the present. On this episode we look at how we can build our mental fitness by introducing you to some simple tools you can start practising today. It’s not about being smarter or more intelligent it’s about becoming more prepared for what life throws at us, as well as performing better in and enjoying everyday life. Being mentally fit also reduces risk of mental illness like depression and anxiety just the same as being physically fit reduces our risk of illness like heart disease and diabetes

    • 31 min
    Learning to Fly: An Adventure into Managing Grief

    Learning to Fly: An Adventure into Managing Grief

    Coming to terms with grief of the life you thought they would have is an ongoing challenge for many parents of children with disabilities. What can we learn from our beautiful unique kids about how to deal with it better? I offer a personal perspective grounded in a ‘Peter Pan’ Mentality of youthful adventure, freedom and innocence that knows no limits and the child like ability to beleive in the possibility of flying

    • 27 min
    New Diagnosis. Who dis?

    New Diagnosis. Who dis?

    The most common question I get asked is what advice do I have for dads who has just received a new disability diagnosis for their kids. I have summarised my top 5 tips I have learned so far from my own experiences to help a dad come to terms with the diagnosis, how to handle it, and what to do to start getting into action and supporting your family

    • 33 min
    The Small Wins with Ivan Baumgartner

    The Small Wins with Ivan Baumgartner

    On todays episode Ivan shares his unique journey in navigating and understanding the discovery of his daughter Naomi’s rare genetic condition SATB2 -associated syndrome and opens up about his struggles over the years of seeking and getting the info he needed which lead him and his wife to start a not for profit (SATB2 Gene foundation Australia) to help other families and share the knowledge they have gained over the years. For more information on SATB2- associated syndrome you can head to the website https://satb2.org.au

    • 31 min
    Wrestling with Guilt

    Wrestling with Guilt

    Somethings that unites everyone as a parent of a child with disability is the guilt we carry, and wrestle with each day. It can be heavy, draining and at times debilitating. Juggling work and caring responsibilities is one of the hardest challenges facing dads and can come with extremely intense guilt. On this episode I share my personal experiences wrestling with guilt to hopefully show you that you are not alone in this battle and whilst guilt may always be there and may sometimes win the battle we can be victorious in the war !

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Birdgirl1973 ,

Authentic and Relatable

Recently found your podcast. You are doing such an amazing job of advocating and supporting Dads in the disability space. Your authenticity shines through in every episode and I am so impressed with your way to put experiences into coherent and totally relatable thoughts.

Earl from Oz ,

Much needed and much appreciated

This podcast came to me at a time I needed the most and I’ve been a regular listener ever since. Real world context, examples and insights from Rob and his guests have plenty to offer those Dads and all parents of children with disability. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to pay it forward and contribute as a guest as well.

Nay_Young ,

The most needed podcast of 2022

Thanks for making this show. A stand out of truth, courage and building community where it is needed.

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