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Actress Holly Robinson Peete has been very open about the joys and challenges of raising a child with autism. Her son, RJ, was diagnosed at age 3 and since then, Peete has worked tirelessly as an advocate for both children with autism and their families. In their hit reality TV show on OWN, ‘For Peete’s Sake,’ the Peetes let their fans into their world–the ups and the downs–to break down stereotypes about autism and famous families. HB talked to Peete about the show and what it’s like to raise a child with autism in honor of Autism Awareness Month this April.

HB: You just wrapped another season of ‘For Peete’s Sake,’ your docu-series with OWN that intimately invites your fans into your family life. What has been the most nerve-racking thing about filming a reality show?

Peete: Well it wasn’t easy waking up to 30 people in your house every morning that were not your family, but they quickly became family, and we all became pretty comfortable with the process. Especially this past season -I felt everyone was more relaxed and open to being documented more authentically.

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