Jacqueline Laurita is opening up about what it's like to have a child with autism. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star's son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with the disorder at a young age.
And now, in a lengthy missive on her website, she's speaking up for other parents who also have children with autism.
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share more of my journey with Autism with you," she writes. "Please keep in mind that this is the path that our family chose to take. It is not the ONLY path. You may choose a different path for your child, for a variety of reasons, and that is okay. There are many paths that can be taken to get positive results."
Jacqueline has become an advocate for families struggling with the disorder and she notes that it can be expensive to care for those with autism.
"It can be a costly journey because, unfortunately, insurance doesn't always cover the therapies and treatments that you will want for your child," she wrote. "Just know that there are cheaper options out there, and even free options, to make sure your child is getting what they need to thrive. Don't beat yourself up if some of these treatments or therapies I talk about are not easily accessible to you. Keep in mind that what works for one child, does not necessarily mean it will work for another child. It's all trial and error. There are times when you may feel discouraged, but don't give up, just try something else! There is such a wide spectrum of Autism and with each child being so unique, they each may need to take their own individualized path."
Jacqueline very eloquently described just how different each child with autism can be.
"I like to say that children with Autism are like snowflakes," she wrote. "Even though they are labeled the same, each one is beautiful and bright, but different and unique. Each one is structured differently. It is our job as parents to get to know our child and to pay attention to what is working or not working for them."