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The Gift of His Smile

Every evening, when my son has reached his apex of energy for the day (read: screeching, opening and slamming the doors on his sister’s play kitchen, repeatedly pushing the buttons on all three of those damned refrigerator musical toys at the same time, begging/obsessing over food), we open up the doors of our kitchen and […]

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Lacey R - April 26, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Your BEST. POST. EVER!!! Loved this story and peek into your life, Maya.

Ginny - April 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Our autistic son – loves his trampoline too! He is 8, and has a typical sister – I so relate to your post….we spend alot of time and resources on our son, and have to make sure we don’t ignore her needs – especially an 11 year old girl! Our life changed as well when our son was diagnosed at 4….it is not an easy journey…thanks for your post!

Maya - April 26, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Thanks Lacey!

Jennie B - April 26, 2013 - 3:32 pm

“…screeching, opening and slamming the doors on his sister’s play kitchen, repeatedly pushing the buttons on all three of those damned refrigerator musical toys at the same time, begging/obsessing over food”

This is my son too.

And his smile is also perfect.

Lizbeth - April 26, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Sometimes the smile I get from my son is all it takes, when things are hard, to turn things around. Hat smile changes everything.

Sarah - April 27, 2013 - 10:22 am

such a sweet post! Smiling is magic!! PEACE

Sallie - May 7, 2013 - 10:45 pm

I’m sure you’ve probably heard of it, but on the off chance that you haven’t I wanted to pass it along — the Aid For Autistic Children Foundation, which offers debt relief for debt **already** incurred treating an autistic family member (up to $150k, I think):
http://www.aacfinc.org/understanding_autism.html

As a disclaimer, I have no link whatsoever to this foundation — and heard of it only recently, when a dear friend received literally life-changing assistance from them and thought of your blog.

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