Katie Price has knocked down celebrities who have autistic children but don’t “use their public status to make a difference.”
The former glamor model, 42, took to Instagram Stories on Tuesday after seeing ex-Boyzone star Keith Duffy appear on TV to talk about his own daughter Mia, 21.
After praising the singer for speaking so candidly about autism, Katie slammed publicly at unnamed others who weren’t quite as open in the past.
They call: Katie Price hit celebrities with autistic kids, but don’t use their ‘public status to make a difference’
Katie wrote: ‘Good to see @officialkeithduffy talking about autism and being accepted, I know other celebs who have children with autism who can also help raise awareness and support and support families, but not.’
She added, “It makes me think they are embarrassed or embarrassed to have a child with autism because they like to be in the spotlight themselves, but don’t use their status for a good cause that can make a difference.”
The doting mother of five has often spoken out about autism herself, as her eldest son Harvey, 18, is on the autism spectrum.
‘Makes me think they’re ashamed or ashamed’: The star, 42, took to Instagram Tuesday after seeing ex-Boyzone star Keith Duffy appear on TV to talk about his own daughter Mia, 21
He even launched a clothing collection with the Born Anxious brand last month to raise awareness about autism, with the items paying homage to his beloved frogs.
Profits from the Harvey range will be split between his personal trust fund, the Anna Kennedy Online charity founded by Katie’s close friend, and Born Anxious.
Harvey was also born with disabilities, including partial blindness, ADHD, and Prader-Willi syndrome.
Katie’s comments were sparked by Boyzone star Keith speaking through his daughter about his own experiences with autism.
Awareness: Katie, whose oldest son Harvey is also on the autism spectrum, shared several snaps of herself watching Keith’s TV interview about his daughter Mia
Proud: Katie’s son Harvey, 18, recently launched an inspirational charity clothing line to raise awareness about autism
He revealed It took more than two years for Mia to be diagnosed as he contemplated the “terrifying” and “frustrating” waiting Tuesday morning in Lorraine.
The star remembered the painful waiting for his little girl to get the help she needed and eventually went private to receive the life-changing diagnosis when she was a baby.
Keith, 46, who has 21-year-old daughter Mia and son Jay, 24, with wife Lisa, spoke to deputy host Cat Deeley about the family’s plight.
He said, “For so many kids on the autism spectrum today who aren’t getting the right intervention and education program, it’s crazy these days.”
Cat replied, ‘You suspected as a parent, and it’s that moment of the unknown, when you don’t quite know what’s happening, you’re trying to get help, and you’re facing all these different challenges. Was that scary for you? ‘
Fair: During Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine, Keith revealed it took his daughter Mia more than two years to be diagnosed with autism
Keith confessed, “It was absolutely terrifying. We had Jordan in ’96 and he was a baby developing normally, which was pretty exciting, we were new to Jordan, and Mia came by four years later.
‘We didn’t know what was going on, like most parents we thought she might have a hearing problem. We did a hearing test and it was fine, and it takes a while to figure out what’s going on.
‘We didn’t know anything about autism then, we didn’t even have a clue what we were looking for, so that was an even bigger obstacle for us to climb.
“ When she was about 18 months old, this word autism kept coming into our lives, and we ended up on a two and a half year waiting list for diagnosis, and yet anyone you speak to will tell you that early intervention is essential for every child in it. spectrum. ‘
Proud Parent: The Boyzone star remembered the painful wait for his girl to get the help she needed, and eventually went private to receive the life-changing diagnosis when she was a baby
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF AUTISM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills that usually develop before the age of three and persist throughout a person’s life.
Specific signs of autism include:
- Reactions to smell, taste, appearance, feel or sound are unusual
- Difficulty adapting to changes in routine
- Cannot repeat or echo what is being said to them
- Difficulty expressing desires with words or movements
- Unable to discuss their own feelings or those of others
- Difficulty with affection, such as cuddling
- Prefer to be alone and avoid eye contact
- Difficulty interacting with other people
- Cannot point or look at objects when others are pointing at them
Autism is a developmental disorder – not a disease – that affects how people communicate and interact with others.
It is characterized by persistent problems with social communication and interaction, and limited, repetitive behavioral patterns, interests, or activities in multiple contexts.
It’s something you are born with or first appear with when you are very young and stay with you all your life.
Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a ‘cure’. But some people need support to help them with certain things.
Keith added: ‘All the time I see families and people on the street coming up to me looking for advice, it’s so frustrating because I don’t know what to say anymore.
‘Unless someone with a broad education is managed by someone diagnosed with autism, not enough is really being done.’
He continued: ‘Mia is doing fantastic well, I am very proud of her, she is in her first year at university and studying enterprise computing …
‘It was no surprise to me at all, it’s just the way Mia is, she’s a very selfless person, she’s absolutely amazing.
“I found out on her Facebook page that when she was 21, she told people she didn’t want presents, that they could donate to a charity here in Ireland for service dogs for people with special needs.”
Keith is passionate about raising awareness about autism and in 2017 he took part in the TV documentary Let Me In, which explored how autistic children and their families are treated in different countries around the world.
Speaking to the father of two children, he admitted that he and his wife Lisa were initially ‘distraught’ when Mia was diagnosed, but they said they learned to find ‘the positive’ in the situation and urged other parents of children with autism on to ‘hug’. their child for who they are.
He said, “One of the most important steps for a parent of a child with autism is to stop grieving the child they thought they have and hug the child they have.”
Keith confessed: ‘It was absolutely terrifying … We didn’t know about autism at the time, we had no idea what we were looking for, so that was an even bigger obstacle for us’