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Smiling at Shadows: A Mother’s Journey Raising an Autistic Child

Posted by nliakos on June 8, 2008

by Junee Waites & Helen Swinbourne (Ulysses Press 2003)

This is a very moving account of the life of a severely autistic child and his loving parents, who like many parents of children with disabilities, discovered strengths in themselves they probably never knew they had.  Australians Junee and Rod Waites tried to understand their son Dane’s world as much as possible, finding that his autism brought unusual gifts along with its well-known deficits.  Their struggle to educate Dane and make him as independent as possible is inspiring.  Dane functions amazingly well in a world that must have been as strange to him as another planet.


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