Credit: Twitter Photo: Jacqueline Laurita and Son Nicholas on New Year's 2013

Season 5 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey has been all about family drama, as usual. But, while the tension between the Giudices and the Gorgas is kinda sad and pathetic at this point, the problems over at the Laurita household are actually real-life challenges.

Just this week, we watched Jacqueline Laurita struggle to control her autistic son. And, although her frustration is evident, it's clear that Jacqueline is determined to see her son through this difficult time.

Following the episode, her husband went on Twitter to sing his wife's praises.

"@JacLaurita will NEVER give up on Nick. We will do EVERYTHING we can to raise awareness for #Autism and give back every chance we can," Chris declared.

In a show that's usually full of petty drama, we wholeheartedly support Jacqueline's efforts to raise awareness for Autism and to break through to her son.

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