It’s tough being a single parent with two children. But for Nick Trubisky, a single father to sons Nicky, 5, and Hunter, 6, there is an added challenge : his oldest son is autistic. Hunter was diagnosed with autism when he was about 3 years-old. At a young age, Hunter was showing signs of autism, from a blank stare to some obsessive-compulsive behavior like lining up his blocks or toy cars and lying beside them watching the wheels turn. When family members urged Nick to take his son to a physician, tests confirmed his fears; Hunter had a form of autism. Nick was upset, angry at the world. But he knew that he had to do everything he could to get Hunter the help he needed.
Through tutoring, special daycares, and a TSS worker who works with Hunter on a daily basis, the six year-old is happy and healthy and has come a long way since the days when he wasn’t speaking.
I spent nearly three months with the family, taking photos and interviewing them several times a week. I give Nick a lot of credit, he has a lot on his plate but his love for his children motivates him to do everything he can for his family. ••EndFragment