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Em Rusciano’s autistic son has ‘five public meltdowns in one day’

Em Rusciano learns to deal with her three-year-old son’s autism diagnosis.

In a candid Instagram post on Tuesday, the comedian, 43, discussed how Elio’s symptoms become more noticeable as he gets older.

“Elio’s autism is really starting to make itself known,” she wrote.

Parenting Struggles: Em Rusciano Learns to Cope With Her Three-Year-Old Son Elio's Autism Diagnosis

Parenting Struggles: Em Rusciano Learns to Cope With Her Three-Year-Old Son Elio’s Autism Diagnosis

“He had five separate meltdowns on the beach today. We have cans. “He’s autistic,” I told a couple who were leaving,” she added.

“I wanted to scream loudly to everyone who looked at us, ‘He’s actually magical, he’s just really picky about certain things, sounds, smells and textures!’

Em added that she struggles during these situations because her “resilience is low” due to her own autism and ADHD diagnoses.

“The loud screams he makes dispel my sensory problems,” she explained. “I feel overwhelmed and panicked. I find it difficult to make quick decisions.’

'Overwhelmed and panicked': In a candid Instagram post on Tuesday, the comedian, 43, discussed how Elio's symptoms become more noticeable as he gets older

‘Overwhelmed and panicked’: In a candid Instagram post on Tuesday, the comedian, 43, discussed how Elio’s symptoms become more noticeable as he gets older

The former radio host said she is afraid of what the future has in store.

“The truth is, the reality of what we have in front of us has finally dawned, and I don’t know how to deal with it, and that’s terrifying,” she concluded.

Em revealed Elio’s diagnosis in May.

‘A few weeks ago, Elio was diagnosed with autism. A lot of you had questions,” she explained in an Instagram post.

‘Especially about the process, that was A PROCESS. So what now?

“He had five separate meltdowns on the beach today.  We have cans. "he is autistic" I said to a couple who were leaving,

“He had five separate meltdowns on the beach today. We have cans. “He’s autistic,” I told a couple who were leaving,” she wrote. “I wanted to yell loudly at everyone who looked at us, ‘He’s actually magical, he’s just really picky about certain things, sounds, smells and textures!’

“Well, I’m really focused on making sure he becomes who he is. I understand what it’s like to go through life with our brains, and I don’t want it to be like it was for me, for him.

“He’s an incredible boy without a doubt, but I can already see the world trying to clip his wings. So his dad, me and his sisters are going to do everything they can to make sure his wings are bulletproof.”

Em also revealed that her 14-year-old daughter Odette was diagnosed with ADHD last year.

A few weeks ago, the singer said she was concerned that people might think she’s “inventing” her to be neurodivergent.

“The neurodiverse urge to over-explain and justify your symptoms and life experience to neurotypical people because you were diagnosed late and learned how to mask your whole life and you don’t want them to think you’re making it up or just doing it for attention,” she said without breathing.

Last year, Em revealed that she had faced backlash for being candid about her own struggles with ADHD and autism.

She shared a post begging her followers to “be willing to understand” [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, like me’.

However, one mom took offense at the post, accusing the podcast host of “jumping on a trend.”

'I find it hard to make quick decisions': Em added that she struggles in these situations because her 'resilience is low' due to her own autism and ADHD diagnoses

‘I find it hard to make quick decisions’: Em added that she struggles in these situations because her ‘resilience is low’ due to her own autism and ADHD diagnoses

In a candid video recorded in her car, Em said, “I was a kid in school who was constantly told I wasn’t living up to my potential.

“So now I’m an adult who never feels good enough and always goes too far.”

“If you can teach your kids to stand up for themselves, and you help them, and you get a teacher who wants that little bit extra [work] and be willing to understand them if they have autism or ADHD or both, like me.

“Their potential is endless.”

Last year, Rusciano said she faced backlash after opening up about her own struggles with ADHD and autism.

Last year, Rusciano said she faced backlash after opening up about her own struggles with ADHD and autism.

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