Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad? is a poignant and honest memoir detailing Jude Morrow’s journey to parenthood, and how his autism profoundly affected that journey, for both better and worse, bringing hope to all who live with autism as well as those who care for someone on the spectrum.
I knew that Jupiter has seventy-nine known moons and where the swimming pool was located on the Titanic, yet I didn’t know how to connect with this beautiful child who called me “Daddy.”
Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad? is a candid view of life and love through the eyes of an autistic adult—who went from being a nonverbal and aggressive child to a hard working and responsible father to a non-autistic son.
Growing up autistic, Jude Morrow faced immense challenges and marginalization, but he was able to successfully—though not without difficulty—finish university and transition into a successful career and eventually parenthood. Those with autism can have difficulty understanding the world around them and can find it hard to find their voice, but in this poignant and honest memoir, Jude defiantly uses his found voice to break down the misconceptions and societal beliefs surrounding autism, bringing hope to all who live with autism as well as those who care for someone on the spectrum. Jude views his autism as a gift to be shared, not a burden to be pitied, and as he demonstrates through his honest recollections and observations, autistic people’s lives can be every bit as happy and fulfilling as those not on the spectrum.
Jude Morrow displayed communication and social difficulties early in life, which led to a diagnosis of Asperger Type Autism at the age of 11. Despite having educational challenges, Jude progressed through secondary school and graduated from the University of Ulster with an honors degree in social work in 2012. Jude now works as a social worker and is a motivational speaker and advocate for all things autism. When not speaking, writing, or social working, Jude loves spending time with his son, Ethan, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and reading.
"A powerful book for any parent/father trying to understand their child's struggles living with ASD. The book sends an inspiring message that loving your child conquers challenges, and that parenting is about the journey in discovering each other!"
– Maisie Soetantyo, MEd, RDI® Program Certified Consultant, Clinic Director, and co-founder of the CATCH clinic
"Jude Morrow's eye-opening personal story of being a parent with autism is inspiring. It sheds light on the unique challenges experienced by a father on the spectrum, and explores what happens when a kid with autism grows up!"
– Harold "Hackie" Reitman, MD founder of DifferentBrains.org
"In his remarkable first book, Jude Morrow takes us on a unique journey through the trials and triumphs of being both autistic and a single parent. I applaud this book and recommend it to everyone. A stunning and original contribution to the broadening field of autism studies."
– Ian Hale, PhD, author, speaker, and autism expert