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    Posted October 4, 2010 by
    Vero Beach, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    iReport boot camp: Interviewing like an anchor

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     cynthiafalar is continually impressed by how her husband motivates their son, Wyatt, who has autism. 'His eyes are always following my son but he’s never reacting. I'm frantic, high-strung. He's the tempering one,' she says of her husband Jim. 'I’ve learned a lot from him. Reacting to the child with autism heightens their reaction. He's extremely creative in how he motivates my son. I just admire him.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Heroes are all around us. Sometimes the most fascinating people exist in our own backyard. In this case, my inspiration came from a familiar face – my husband and the father of our son.

    Raising children is not easy on any marriage. Add in a child with special needs and the tension can mount significantly.

    This interview features my husband Jim's approach to raising our child.  Jim is very low key.  He balances my intense and often times frantic style.  Together we make a great team in supporting our child.

    I am proud of my husband and this piece.  I believe that it is honest and it provides a real snapshot of our life.

    Jim describes life with Wyatt like this, "He is a centering force on my pendulum of emotion."

    Jim hates the spotlight.  He teases that I am the "pit-bull" that advocates for our son and that he is the tempering balance.

    Jim is always ready to reel me in and remind me that battles don't win wars: "You have to use your head and not your heart.  You have to be strategic and tactical."

    Recently Jim spoke with several other dads of children with special needs.  After my prodding, he agreed to be interviewed.

    Our hope and prayer is that it will encourage other families of children with special needs.

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