• Fri, Apr 27 2007

Jenny McCarthy’s son has been diagnosed with autism

Jenny McCarthy’s son is autistic:

In Touch can exclusively reveal that the comic has written a memoir about her quest to help her 4-year-old son, Evan, called Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey In Healing Autism.
“It’s a heartbreaking story about a serious health issue,” Jenny tells In Touch. It’s quite serious, profound and beautiful. I’m hoping this book will shift the world. It’s an Oprah book, for sure…” Jenny, 34, believes that Evan (whose father is her ex-husband John Asher) is a “crystal child” with angelic abilities that make him vulnerable and powerful. “Evan is hypersensitive to air and water,” Jenny reveals. She’s now made it her life’s mission to change the education system to make it better for kids like Evan. “I want our children to start each day in silent meditation,” she writes. “I want organic cafeterias, outdoor class sessions, getting rid of rote memorization. I want it all.”

So yeah. I don’t know about this Crystal Child bullpucky – perhaps she was watching too many Never Ending Story reruns on TNN. And hey! Silent meditiation and organic food, huh? Why don’t you just start with getting kids some DAMN BOOKS? Oh, lawdy. Go back to modelling for Playboy and shut your piehole.

And sorry about your kid. That’s sad. You’re still a moron though.

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  • http://www.snarkygossip.com/2007/04/27/jenny-mccarthys-son-has-been-diagnosed-with-autism/ shannon boruch

    Hi jenny..my name is shannon im 20 and 8 weeks till im due with my first son and i heard a lot of things that you tried to do before you knew he had it…now i was wonderin if you think the polio shot can really make a child have autism? i tried googlin it and everything even asking my doctors but they all seem to say i dont know what im talking about. So maybe you could email me back and let me know because im really scared and nervous. thank you shann

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Jenny! I read your book last night about your son Evan, I was prompted to buy it after I read the story of your situation in people magazine. I am a mother of a very beautiful two year old boy named Mounir! I could not put your book down I finished the book in about 4 hours. I cried thew almost the whole thing. Everything sounded soooooo familiar. I have seen little signs for a while with my son but have not wanted to admit to myself that it could be autism. I have made an appointment at Children’s Hospital in Boston with a great neurologist for about a month from now ( first available appointment ). I’m scared to here the words I’m sorry but your son has autism.
    I know that early detection is so important, and I only want to do what is best for my precious boy , and give him all I can. I’m currently six months pregnant with our second son and am seriously considering no vaccinations. Your book really gave me a lot of insight. We are currently changing Mounir’s diet to the exact same gluten
    free, casein free diet, my husband and I feel it’s
    worth the try. Our son also suffers from bowel problems, I was giving him mineral oil which has been making his life easier. I love that you did everything you could think of for your son, and I think your a wonderful mother!! Best of luck to you and your beautiful boy, and wish me some too I think I’ll be needing it. God Bless

  • Samantha

    I have a four year old boy who is going through a long assessment process. His pediatrician initially felt that he may have a mild form of autism but the developmental pediatrician at this point says simply that she does not know how to diagnose him. My son suffers from severe anxiety at times when he is in public places. He will put his hands over his ears if there is a lot of noise and will tell people to talk quietly when they speak to him. Sometimes he will break down and cry and or scream until he is removed from the situation. It usually takes him about twenty minutes to calm himself down. He will thereafter insist on returning to the place in which he was experiencing anxiety but this is not always possible and sometimes the anxiety returns. Sometimes when he is very anxious he wants everything to stop. He wants everyone to stop talking, he does not want music to be played and he wants all movement to stop. For example if we are in a mall he will position himself in front of strangers’ carts to try to stop them from moving.

    He does not always experience anxiety to this extreme. His anxiety levels seem to fluctuate and he can tell me before we leave the house if he is up to going out or not but I try to get him out frequently and I take him everywhere so that he is able to experience everything other children do. I am usually able to monitor his anxiety level so that we leave events on a positive note but sometimes changes in routine can send him over the edge. We have to do most things in an exact order; he has an incredible memory.

    Transitions are very difficult for him but I have learned to give him sufficient notification before any changes are to be made which seems to lessen his anxiety. Still little things like when his little brother changed his mind about which movie he wanted to rent sent my four year old into a break-down in which he will obsessed over the change that had been made.

    When my four year old becomes excited or agitated he flaps his hands. Sometimes you can communicate with him when he does this but other times he does not respond and will even walk into people and objects when he flaps his hands. This motion is usually accompanied by some inaudible vocalizations and when he is very anxious he will stomp his feet too. He tends to do this a lot when we go for walks; he gets distracted and seems to phase out and I will have to call him back into focus every few minutes.

    His language is very concrete and much of it is memorized though he is just recently learning to use spontaneous forms of speech. He likes to watch movies until he has memorized them word for word and then will use these memorized words and phrases in everyday conversations but they are not always contextually relevant. He is not able to respond to any questions that are formed using the past tense.

    He is very social with familiar adults and has excellent eye contact but with children he is socially awkward. He rarely makes any attempt to speak with them and makes little eye contact with them and his play is usually inappropriate and sometimes aggressive; he tends to use physical contact to communicate though he is learning not to use hands and will engage in some forms of play like tag but only for short periods and this normally will end with him crying. He is however beginning to engage in imaginative play with his three year old brother and for the first time has begun to play with toys though this is generally limited to Lego figurines.

    He has some trouble with fine motor skills for example he cannot cut with scissors and has difficulty doing 10 piece puzzles. He can however, ride a bike. He has very good computer skills and can complete video game levels that I cannot. He does sleep through the night and he is very affectionate with me and sometimes with other family members. There are times however when he refuses to speak to other family members and will retreat to his room; this is typical of holidays. He is also very aware of facial expressions, tone and body language and can read people and situations well. He is a very intuitive child. He does not like certain textures but is drawn to others. He finds comfort in lying down on the floor and does this persistently in public places. He is doing well with Occupational Therapy but all interactions cause him anxiety and after these sessions he will cry and want to go home.

    Formula as a baby made him very ill until we switched him to a soya based brand. He still drinks soya milk. He also had a low immune system as a young child and had a number of ear infections. He also suffered from thrush a couple of times. I mention these because I have heard that diet, digestive difficulties and yeast are associated with autism.

    Any suggestions or information you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. As it is right now most of his difficulties are being labeled as behavioral but I believe that simple behavioral management techniques are not sufficient to help my son through some of his difficulties.

  • Patty & Mary Ann

    We are happy for Jenny and her son but it is very sad to see that unless you are financially set, it is hard to get the proper treatment for a child with autism. My grandson has had autism since he was 2 and he is now 5. We have tried and tried to get some financial help for him but we always hear he is not an emergency risk – that he is not going to hurt himself. These people who make these “life saving” decisions have only spent approximately one hour observing our baby and have not seen the child we have who has jumped off the top of dressers, climbed out windows, having no fear of the harm he could cause himself. My son is raising thischild alone with his brother – working a full time job – doing volunteer work at the school where his child attends trying to get someone to help – but for the second time – his request was declined. The goverment is suppose to have all this money to help people – but when it comes down to it- where is it? where is the help? If anyone out there can give us some suggestions or guidance, please respond.
    We are helpless in Columbus.

  • http://BobbiMillerMoro.com Bobbi Miller-Moro

    What a bitter article. Thankfully as we go into the future, people around the world are waking up to new possibilities. Trying out new things, exploring, inventing, creating new ways to learn. Education, environmental issues, health, we are getting away from the old school mentality of yesteryear, and forging ahead. Sadly, people like the author of this article will be left behind. Like people who couldn’t accept cell phones, or computers. There is an ‘enlightenment’ of this planet, where we are being thrust into a new era of understanding how to be more effective as a human race. This author can’t hear or see it, because it does not fit into his/her ‘box’. So. McCarthy-keep up the excellent work, glad the people commenting here are wanting to learn and explore how to embrace, live, and manage with Autism.

  • jake

    Autism = retarded. Jenny McCarthy is a stupid deceitful moron who is trying to blame her defective genes that resulted in a retarded child on vaccines. She thinks she’s an “indigo child” that had a “crystal child”? Occam’s razor: Playboy bimbo has retarded child.
    Let’s stop with the euphemisms and doublespeak and call a spade a spade. A mentally defective child is just that.

    What a bunch of idiots. It would be comical if it weren’t so tragic that people can be this stupid. People this dumb should not be allowed to breed.

  • aspiechick123

    Didn’t McCarthy say her child was an indigo child? Now, suddenly he’s autistic. Oh, no, sorry, now he’s cured of autism. Well, silly us. Don’t be fooled by McCarthy or the stupid people who back her. Notice how she NEVER advocates for epilepsy research? Why? Wasn’t that what made her call 911 in the beginning? Isn’t that the primary diagnosis of her son? Does he still have seizures? And WHY is she soooooo vague about what seizure medications he takes? Wouldn’t you want to share that to help others? After all, she seems so free to share her profound insight (regurgitated info from other’s lives) about autism. So why not seizure meds? WHY so vague? Could it be there is something she isn’t telling us? Yep, There is.