Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart, a Memoir of Special Needs and Special Joys

Don Teolis is a Musician and Administrator for Nuovogiorno, a music production company based in Italy that hosts musicians from throughout Europe. He is also an Advisor for Impresario Group Tours, which specializes in designing travel packages around the foods and wines of Italy. Don Teolis is also the father of a son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) over thirty years ago.

As the father of an autistic child, Don Teolis holds a special interest in children and parents dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  He has established an organization called Autismatic (, which showcases informative and inspirational books like “Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart” and features various articles and information on Autism.  Don Teolis’ goal is to boost awareness, while encouraging families to realize the profound impact they can have on the development and ultimate success of their loved one.

The book “Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart” authored by Donato Alfredano and Gianna Star is featured on Autismatic (  In a time when fewer resources existed for parents of children with special needs, parents had to rely heavily on their own wits to see him through his challenges. The author and father of his autistic son Denny, credits being persistent and responsive as critical in their successes. Some children with ASD develop and become fixated on patterns of repetitive behavior.  Learning to actually harness and utilize those patterns to their advantage enabled them to guide Denny toward improved communication and allowed him to better relate to the world around him.  The book also contains sections called “log notes,” which describe vivid memories of Denny in ways that are designed to help the reader understand and appreciate the heartfelt realities of dealing with a child with ASD.