Since 3-year-old Nicholas was diagnosed with autism, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Jacqueline Laurita hasn’t stopped searching for ways to help her son.
“We don't have the time to be in shock or feel sorry for ourselves," Jacqueline explains to Parents' Celebrity Correspondent Nancy O’Dell. "Early intervention is key, and that is what we are focused on: making sure that Nicholas gets all the help he needs. He is too little to make his own choices, so we, as his parents, have to advocate for him."
Part of that includes feeding picky eater Nicholas a strict gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, chick-pea-flour/garbanzo-bean-free, dairy-free, wheat-free diet. “Our goal is to help Nicholas be the healthiest he can be, from the inside out, so that he can feel his best and be more responsive totherapy," says Chris' other half.
For other mothers in similar situations, Jacqueline suggests participating in support groups and autism websites. “It helps to open up and talk about it with others who can relate. Even though what works for one child might not necessarily work for another, it still might be worth a try, and if you share and exchange your knowledge with others, you may not only be able to help your own child, but you may be able to help someone else."
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I'm glad you are trying all the different ways of helping your son. My grandson is going to be 11 in January and he is text book Autism but this has not stopped his Mom. She has taught him to eat with a spoon and fork and take his own showers and get dressed and undressed by his self. He does not speak and has had trouble useingsign and picture book, but he is very indepentent. He will get his own drink and if he is hungry and can not let us know what he wants he will go get it himself.Glueteen free did not help us. He also has a problem with texture of this going in his mouth so eating and cooking for him is hard but we do it has a taem and we get by. I thank God everyday for my grandson and his Mom and I will keep the faith that someday day they will find out the Why;s and then a cure. My daughter is now going to school for early child care education and will teach special ed so stay strong.l
Thanks for all your advice on Autism. I have three cousins that were diagosed as being Autistic and each one has responded to different diets and therapies. You and your family hang in there. My prayers are with you.
Jac, we have profound autism at our house. Our daughter now 11 did not speak at all. We have done all that is recommended but one thing really helped. We took her off all milk and dairy and used soy milk instead.....in one week she began speaking. Now that is our story and it may not help but since that time, 7 years ago our girl has done well and attends school with all the kids and can make her needs and feelings known. I hope your little boy improves.
Jacqueline....since you seem to be avoiding alot of foods......check out foodallergy.org. Best of luck sweetie.
As a mother I have empathy over your situation. No mother wants their child to have anything wrong with them. When there is we go full force doing all we can to keep them healthy and happy. In saying that, however, you have played and over played the poor me role. I hope you take up this role and stay off reality tv.