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Lisa Smith

"Once upon a time, there was a mother who was blessed with a wonderful husband and a houseful of precious children. The mother spent her days caring for her children, watching them play and learn, amazed at their ability to absorb information from their environment. But there was one child, the youngest boy, who was different than the rest."

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We have gotten to know a lot of others who are also a part of the autism community. So many of our stories and experiences are similar.

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"Parents, who long before a diagnosis, may have dreamt of Christmas photos with Santa, trips to seek out the perfect evergreen, and Tonka trucks under the tree, come to accept a different reality. The Santa at the mall terrifies their child, a trip to a tree farm is out of the question, and that Tonka truck is only ever used upside down."

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In this post, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month, blogger and mom of seven Lisa Smith shares a list of the things that help her to be the best caregiver she can be in hopes that it might encourage others to be the best caregiver they can be.

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"We are two weeks in and I am breathing a bit easier now. He’s surviving. Transitions can be hard for people with autism. I worried about everything. How would he manage the huge transition to High School?"

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In this post, mom of seven Lisa Smith describes her recent experience cleaning out her 14-year-old son Tate's room. Among many other things, she stumbled upon a story he had typed out...

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"Trying to see the world through Tate’s eyes is challenging at times, yet somewhat entertaining much of the time too. He has a unique perspective and often a surprising way of looking at things. Tate offers us advice and gives insight often. Here are some examples."

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In this heartfelt post, autism mom Lisa Smith explains how the definition of autism has changed for her since her son Tate was diagnosed 12 years ago. "When we first encountered autism, it frightened me like nothing I had ever known. These days, autism is just a quiet part of who our family is."

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