3:54 pm - 08/22/2012

Jacqueline Laurita: My Son Has Autism

Jacqueline Laurita had tried for years to have another baby, so when she finally welcomed son Nicholas three years ago, the proud mom celebrated his every achievement.

But then, at around 18 months old, Nicholas began regressing with his speech and motor skills, then refusing to answer to his name or notice people enter a room.

"We had no idea what was going on,"
the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who hid her son's medical issues from the reality cameras as she continued taping season 4 last year, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

After an agonizing wait to see multiple doctors, the Lauritas got a diagnosis: Nicholas is autistic.

"I worry about him being independent when he's older," admits Jacqueline, who is also mom to Ashlee Beelzebub, 21, and C.J., 10. "I spend all my time researching what we can do for him."

Adds her husband Chris: "You never want to think that your child isn't perfectly healthy. We didn't want to believe it was true."

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xeroxicide__ 22nd-Aug-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Seems like she's got the right intentions from the quotes I read. Researching early intervention efforts will lead her to schools and therapists located in her neighborhood and you can always help for improvement if you have access to the best help. So, I guess what I'm saying is that she needs to stop worrying about what he's gonna do when he's older 20 years down the road and focus on what she can do for him now .
frejabehaerich 22nd-Aug-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
she probably is finding the best people to work with her son, but a lot of parents (of all children) do worry about what will happen with their kid once they are older. to know your child has an increased risk to not be able to function without assisted care, and if the parent can't be there (death/illness/old age etc) it just is incredibly sad and scary.
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