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Ashlee Holmes Malleo Opens up About Son Cameron's Speech Issues: "This Process Is Full of a Lot of Emotions"

The daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Jacqueline Laurita gets real about the challenges of parenting.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Ashlee Holmes Malleo and Son Cameron Hendrix Malleo

Ashlee Holmes Malleo is one proud mom.

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The daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Jacqueline Laurita showed that her 2-year-old son, Cameron Hendrix Malleo, is making some major progress in overcoming his speech issues in a recent video on Instagram. The clip shows Ashlee reading Dr. Seuss' Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? to her son, who can be seen reacting and engaging with the book.

"This makes me so happy. My little man sitting and reading with me," Ashlee wrote in the post. "Our nightly routine is a bath, usually followed by 3 books. —Which is something that he couldn’t sit through prior to Early Intervention." 

She went on to open up a bit more about what she and husband Pete Malleo have done to help their son better communicate. "I’m so thankful for Cameron’s therapists. I’m grateful for the progress he has made during this time. This process is full of a lot of emotions," she said. "Some days are better than others, which is natural for any child. I’m just so proud of him. And I’m proud of myself (and my husband) for constantly following through with what we learn from his therapists. We’re coming up on 6 months of therapies, 5 days/7 sessions a week."

Ashlee, who hosts the podcast Parenthood, Etc., ended the post by offering up some advice for other parents encountering challenges with their kids. "All I have to say is DO NOT compare your child to someone else’s child, as hard as that can be. Every kid develops differently," she shared. "Some of you may see this video and think 'What’s the big deal?', or some may be thinking 'I wish my child would do that...' Just focus on your own child(ren). Say your prayers. Focus on the positive and more positive will come. Just be grateful that you have your child(ren). Breathe. Have faith."

The RHONJ daughter recently opened up about one of her more challenging moments with Cameron when he had "a meltdown" because "he wanted his fried Oreos IMMEDIATELY" at the Franklin Lakes Carnival in May. "My son is 3 years old and is delayed in speech. He gets frustrated and can’t properly communicate at times," she shared. "Any mom shamers can get off of my Instagram account right now. Block."

Ashlee previously shared on Instagram in April that she enrolled Cameron in Early Intervention, which provides services to help infants or toddlers experiencing developmental delays. "He has made incredible progress ever since he started back in December," she said.

She also noted that Cameron, who turns 3 in August, has not been diagnosed with autism, although they were on a waiting list to see a developmental pediatrician at the time.

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