Behind the Smile

I started Behind The Smile soon after my son Zane was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at 2 1/2 years of age as a way to share our journey and also help other families who are embarking into the same world. It is life changing yes, but along with the challenges comes an abundance of blessings. My hope is to help educate others about this disorder and show the positive side and the growth that is possible when these amazing people are given the tools that are needed. From ABA Therapy, to diet to detoxing, there are many ways to help their bodies and brains function at a higher level.

My vision for Behind the Smile is to be a “hub” for ASD information. Since I can relate to being a single mom, my heart is to help other single mom’s who have the same challenge of not only raising a child with special needs but also figuring out how to pay for all of the costs that are above and beyond the funding that is available. It’s an overwhelming task on the best of days but even the smallest gesture of support can give us the “umpf” to keep trucking!

In the words of John Wooden, Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.


This is Indie, he helps with safety, anxiety and sleep, all that Zane struggles with. Having an AAD helps us to do much more as a family and gives me more peace of mind (and sleep!!!).