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Hank Smith

Hank Smith is an elementary school teacher living in Northern California. Living with his son, Ian, has been an amazing learning experience which has not only helped him in working with children with special needs at his school, but also has given him valuable insight to share with parents and educators. Hank and Ian share their story in well-received talks, workshops, and keynote addresses throughout California. He is the author of Sticks and Stones - A Father’s Journey Into Autism. For more information visit and

A Sneak Peek… Sticks and Stones- A Father’s Journey Into Autism


In his memoir, teacher Hank Smith shares his valuable insight on raising of a child on the spectrum. Sticks and Stones tells the story of Ian, a boy who was diagnosed with autism thirteen years ago.  The story takes place at the beginning of the current wave of children being diagnosed with autism, before there was […]

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