The RHONJ star says Nicholas has made progress since his diagnosis.

on Jul 11, 2013 - The Dish0

Last season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey Jacqueline Laurita courageously revealed that her younger son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism.

Now, Jacqueline, who has spent the last year researching the disorder, is opening up about the progress he has made. And in a new interview with Life and Style, she says, "He can answer 'Yes' or 'No,' he can say, 'I love you!'"

Jacqueline adds that he's broadened his use of words, too. "His vocabulary has grown this past year," she says. "But if you ask him a question, he can’t answer you yet.”

While challenges for her son's development still lay ahead, Jacqueline and her husband Chris are committed to doing all they can.

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“My husband and I will never give up!” she says. “There are times we get discouraged, and it does hurt, but we know we have to keep trying. We don’t know what the future holds for Nicholas, but we will make sure that we give him all the tools he needs now to make his life easier for him in the future!”

Since gong public with the news, Jacqueline, who is now also a proud godmother, has been transformed into a, "warrior mom," and is actively involved in the autism community.

"I know how much others' stories, information and resources have helped me," she confesses. "We travel together to speak at conferences and events to support each other and help others by sharing our story."

6 comments
Bafra
Bafra

You mentioned on the show that you feel pressure to be strong regarding Nick. Please know you are just as inspiring when you cry and show such emotion. You have incredible strength and it's ok to feel defeated sometimes because you pick yourself back up and clearly push every day for what is best for your kids.

jackandjo
jackandjo

I do not twitter, but if someone can tell Jacqueline to check out a youtube  video called "Forget What You Know" TED x  Jacob Barnett.  Jacob Barnett is a boy who has autism, and he talks about what he has achieved. He studied Calculus on his own at the age of ten, despite the doctors and teachers saying he was doomed to depression and special ed. He laughs while telling his story....he developed a theory in math or physics.  Perhaps if Jacqueline watches this video, she will be given more strength and maybe she can research Jacob Barnett or meet with him and his family.

cjpbeardies
cjpbeardies

I truly feel alot of people do not understand that their stuff is such BS. When you deal with a special needs child then and only then do you truly understand.  My daughter is also autisic. Hang in there; I feel for you and your family. Remember one day at a time.  People don't understand their is no fix!  Love you!

 

Jerseyitalianmom22
Jerseyitalianmom22

HANG IN THERE GIRL!!!? I just love how people are judging your behavior and calling u crazy. Let's see how they would act if they had that pressure everyday to literally save ur sons life!!! You don't have one doc to say here is a prescription and now go do x , y, z........ It's all on u. U just take care of u and ur family!!!!!!! God Bless. Christie

rzanna
rzanna

Your son is extraordinarily beautiful.  You and your husband seem so dedicated that I am sure  that Nicholas will grow by leaps and bounds.  I wish you well in that respect.

 

Where Teresa and your relationship is concerned, I feel sad that things got so strained with the two of you.  I am Team Teresa, I have to admit, so I think that your anger towards her is beyond anything she has done.  Time to let it go.  (Perhaps you have at the time of this post).

Jayhawkhousewife
Jayhawkhousewife

You are so very brave and strong. As someone who is also dealing with an autistic son you have my complete respect. You help me so much just watching and being able to connect with so many things you and your family go through. It can be so draining mentally ,physically , and emotionally for everyone in the family. I have cried many tears watching some of the challenges I also have faced. I so understand how you could care less about the bickering your perspective about life can really change when you are faced with the challenges of a child with autism. Thanks for sharing your real reality with us you touch my heart.