How Celebrity Parents Are Dealing With The Challenges Of Autism | ⭐OSSA

How Celebrity Parents Are Dealing With The Challenges Of Autism | ⭐OSSA

They are brave, optimistic and strong-willed. These celebrities have found their own ways
of dealing with the challenges of autism, and living real, happy lives with their wonderful
kids. Let us get inspired by people who did not
get scared and crushed the stereotypes about living with autistic children. Singer Toni Braxton has opened up about her
struggles with her son Diesel’s autism diagnosis. At first it was a real tragedy for Braxton. She was shocked. Diezel was only 3 when he was diagnosed as
living with autism. “I remember the signs: like no eye contact,
very little communication,” she said. The singer was trying to find a reason for
this and even started to believe his autism diagnosis was punishment from God because
she had an abortion a few years earlier. In her new memoir, Unbreak My Heart, Toni
revealed that she got pregnant whilst taking acne medication that is known to cause birth
defects. And so the desicion was made to terminate
her pregnancy. Both of Braxton’s parents are pastors and
she grew up in a strictly religious home. That is why she was very ashamed to make that
desicion and felt a lot of guilt. “When my youngest son was diagnosed with autism
I feared that I was being punished for my earlier actions.” But her attitude has changed tremendously
since she said that. Over time, Toni realized that her son is special
and learns in a different way. She became a very vocal advocate for autism
awareness throughout her son’s struggle with the disorder. “What I’ve come to understand through my friends
at Autism Speaks, is there is nothing wrong with our babies, and it’s nothing you’ve done,
or you could have done differently, it’s just what the situation is.” Braxton also discovered that with early diagnosis
and the right interventions, these behaviors can be curbed, allowing autistic individuals
to manage their disability and feel more comfortably socially and simply be happier with themselves. And two years ago, Braxton openly thanked
to Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, who strongly contributed to Diezel`s ability
to overcome his diagnosis with her tips and programs. She now describes Diezel as a “social butterfly.” ““Our lives have changed,” she says, “”He’s our social butterfly. He’s the one who plays with friends and
hangs out all the time.””” And that is a great example of how people
with autism can fill their lives with joy and love. The hardest punch Sly Stallone ever took wasn’t
in the ring, but in his daily life, when he faced the challenge of autism. With his first wife Sasha Czack, they noticed
that their son Seargeoh was having trouble communicating. The Stallones reacted as any other parents
might. “We both broke down,” says Sasha. But they didn’t let it get the best of them. In true Rocky style, they decided to fight. First, came the acceptance of their reality. “God and nature made him different. We have to accept Seargeoh the way he is and
understand that his way is just more quiet and reserved,” Stallone said. They had nicknamed him their “silent genius”
since he could draw, write letters and repeat certain words, but he did not actually speak. Secondly, both of Seargeoh’s parents have
become advocates not only for their own son but for other adults with autism. For that, the Stallones set up a research
fund. Sylvester even used his films` premieres to
raise money for the fund. They formed a new attitude for dealing with
the matter. “I believe any success in life is made by
going into an area with a blind, furious optimism,” he said. “I am not the richest, smartest or most
talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going….” They never stopped trying to develop their
beloved child. Their son had special therapy sessions twice
a week and it helped him improve. Through integration with other children and
consistent training, Seargeoh has been now diagnosed as being a ‘high-functioning’
autistic individual. Together with attitude goes daily work, which
requires gentleness and patience. As Stallone shared: “with a child like this
you have to put away your ego. You can’t force him into your world. I sort of go along with whatever he is doing.” Stallone said that if his son starts to draw,
he sits down with him and draws, and if the boy suddenly shifts to puzzles, they start
to work on them together. Though it is a hard job, the Stallones found
a way to give their purest love to Seargeoh. Actor Gary Cole also has a daughter on the
autism spectrum. When my daughter Mary was diagnosed with autism
in 1995,” he said, “all I had to go on was RainMan.” So he started to use his fame as a platform
to help other parents facing what can be a challenging diagnosis. The actor supported The Help Group and Autism
Speaks to upgrade the educational needs for autistic kids and their families. He warned that when a child has autism, “your
original agenda as a parent is set aside.” Cole believes the most important thing parents
can do in this case is to “seek answers, and the earlier the better.” When he and his wife, actress Teddi Siddall
understood that Mary has the disorder, they introduced her to a variety of therapies. With the help of a personal aide, Mary successfully
attended public elementary and middle schools in Studio City, California, and even went
to a special learning facility for her high school years. It all happened because of the strong will
and persistence of Gary and Teddi! And after Teddi Siddall passed away this year,
Gary is doing his best to continue caring for Mary, the way he did with his wife. You may know him as David Rossi in the popular
TV series “Criminal Minds” or the voice of Fat Tony on “The Simpsons,” but what you might not know is that actor
Joe Mantegna is the parent of an autistic child. Joe and his wife, Arlene, once heard the words
no parent wants to hear: “I’m pretty sure your daughter is autistic.” It all started from an emergency C-section,
when their daughter Mia was born. Weighing just 1 pound 13 ounces, she spent
the first three months of her life in intensive care. “She was a very strong little girl,” says
Mantegna. “I saw babies of much higher birth weight
do much worse for some reason and not survive.” Over time, the parents noticed that Mia’s
speech was not at the same level as the other kids and there were problems with attention
span and focus. These differed from the warning signs of a
preemie’s typical problems. So they had to go to the neurologist. The doctor gave Mia the pivotal diagnosis. “I remember it hit my wife and me like a
ton of bricks, because, first of all, it was just a word we had heard about,” he says. It was 1990 and almost nobody had a clue what
is all about. What causes it and how to manage it. Once they overcame the initial shock, the
couple set out to do whatever they could. “We thought if we were going to face this,
let’s all face it together. Let’s do this as a family,” he says. In Chicago, they met a teacher who had a sister
with autism, and she convinced them that it was all right to put Mia in a regular first-grade
class, as long as the kids and the teacher understood what was going on. So they did. Recalling Mia’s first day at the school,
when the teacher walked in front of the class and said, “This is Mia. She’s going to be a little different than
the rest of you kids. She might start singing to herself, she might
walk up to the blackboard, she may talk to herself, she may say some inappropriate things. It doesn’t matter. She has autism. And we’re all going to help her.” He and his wife were in tears. It was the first time anybody had done something
like that. The teacher helped the parents manage the
communication: “Just let the kids know”, she said, “once you include them, once you
make them part of the process, they get it. They’re very supportive.” And that is when Joey and his wife understood
how to make it all work out: “Passing the information to others makes
all the difference.” These days Mia works at Mantegna’s wife’s
restaurant, Taste Chicago, where she successfully does the bookkeeping. Aside of that, she has different social programs
that help her feel more comfortable with the world. Mantegna sees himself as a lucky man, because
he can take care of his daughter. He says: “It’s not like the movies where
they live happily ever after and everything’s perfect all the time. But it’s okay. You just do the best you can and move forward. That’s what we live by, and that’s been
fine.” The Real Housewives of New Jersey star had
tried for years to have another baby, and when Nicholas finally was born – Laurita was
39. She was more than happy. But the little child started to regress in
development. “We had no idea what was going on.” After meeting multiple doctors, the Lauritas
received the feared diagnosis. The actress was most of all worried about
Nicholas`s ability to be independent when he’s older. She spent all her time researching what they
can do for him. Her husband Chris said: “You never want
to think that your child isn’t perfectly healthy. We didn’t want to believe it was true.” But when the acceptance came, They started
to raise awerness with help of RHONJ. The show gave the parents a huge platform
to speak on issues near and dear to their hearts. “All of my ups and downs throughout my seven
years on the show made it completely worth it,” says the actress. But it wasn’t all an easy road for Laurita
and husband Chris. “It was very hard to see your son taking
a gradual decline in his developmental milestones,” she confesses. “He was completely tuned out to us; he wouldn’t
even answer to his name.” But together with tragedy, a surprising friend
came into Laurita`s life. It was actress Jenny McCarthy, who has been
very open about her own struggle with her son Evan’s journey with autism. She gave Laurita support and advice for helping
her son. McCarthy also advised Laurita to experiment
with a change in Nicholas’ diet. “If I can get him healthy from the inside
out, he’ll respond better to his therapies,” she says. The entire combination of approaches helped
Nicholas make significant progress since his diagnosis. “[He] makes a lot of eye contact, he has
a lot of words in his vocabulary now, he is starting to put together sentences, he reads
very well above his age,” Laurita boasts. “He is much more engaged and we see progress
all the time with him.” As a young mother dealing with the beginning
of an autism diagnosis, Laurita advises: “I would say believe that autism is treatable.” “My son brings so much joy to our lives
and we have different experiences with him than with our typical children, but they are
still amazing. It is opening yourself up to that.” We hope that such openess will help others
not only to accept the realities of autism, but also inspire them to see the parenting
of kids with special needs as a part of a happy journey. Thank you for watching. Subscribe to our channel, so that you don’t
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15 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I am ADS it tool me a while be around people & school teacher teach me how take care of me like cooking & baking plus other thing need in life! I try do some thing like join USN 79 but did not last 10 month was to much i got Honorable Discharges paper & ribbon. I stater working in kitchen jobs started dishwasher then came fry cook, bakery, BBQ cook & grill cook 27 years! Too bad fall went down hill? Retire now my life go on.

  2. Baby’s are diagnosed within months of their birth now. Diagnose early really do help them learn daily challenges sooner and some talk early and have less breakdowns

  3. it's pretty sad tbh that nowadays autism is used as an insult you can't even tell people you have it since all they do is shit on you once you tell em

  4. I have Autism. It would be great to have a parent as supportive as one of these, or at least a parent who acknowledged my needs.

  5. My son goes to specialised school and loves it – they teach him drama and dancing.  He loves pictures of biscuits and juices and stickers.

  6. Holly Robinson Peete’s oldest son RJ is on the spectrum! And so is Joey Fatone’s youngest daughter Kloey!

  7. I fought for my son who school said would achieve nothing.He was diagnosed with Aspergers at 8 I fought everyone to get what he deserved.He now is in charge of 50 people,all younger than him,triple distinction x2 at college,an apprenticeship he finished a year early.a d has just passed his footplate exams and is driving steam trains……his childhood dream.I think parents have it way harder than the parent.x

  8. Joe Mantegnas Story is just like my daughters from being premi to her showing signs but it took until she was 10 to get diagnosed because everybody kept everything on the fact that she was premi

  9. I dunno if you really should preach the teachings of autism speaks in your videos….I'm sure a lot of people with autism who did research on them will agree with me

  10. Aside from Jenny McCarthy (who is a truly contemptible human being and advocates questionable "therapies" based on theories that have now been disproven) these celebs are doing admirably well.

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