Katie Price criticized celebrities who have children with autism but don’t use their “public status to make a difference.”
The 42-year-old former glamor model took to Instagram Stories on Tuesday after seeing ex-Boyzone star Keith Duffy appear on television to talk about his own daughter Mia, 21.
After praising the singer for speaking out so candidly about autism, Katie attacked other unnamed people in the public eye who had not been so open in the past.
Calling them: Katie Price slammed celebrities who have children with autism but don’t use their “public status to make a difference”
Katie wrote: “It’s great to see @officialkeithduffy talking about autism and being accepted, I know other celebrities who have autistic kids who could also help raise awareness and support families and offer support, but don’t. “
She added: “It makes me think they are ashamed or embarrassed to have a child with autism because they are happy to be themselves in the limelight, but not using their status in. a good goal that can make a difference. “
The beloved mom of five has spoken about autism often herself while her eldest son Harvey, 18, is on the autism spectrum.
‘It makes me think they are ashamed or embarrassed’: The 42-year-old star took to Instagram on Tuesday after watching ex-Boyzone star Keith Duffy appear on TV to talk about his own daughter Mia, 21 years.
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 line will be divided among his personal trust fund, the Anna Kennedy Online charity founded by close friend of Katie and Born Anxious.
Harvey was also born with disabilities such as partial blindness, ADHD, and Prader-Willi syndrome.
Katie’s comments were prompted by Boyzone star Keith discussing his own experiences with autism through his daughter.
Outreach: Katie, whose oldest son Harvey is also autistic, shared several snaps of herself while watching Keith’s TV interview about her daughter Mia
Proud: Katie’s 18-year-old son Harvey recently launched an inspiring charity clothing line to raise autism awareness
He revealed it took Mia more than two years to get a diagnosis as she thought about the “terrifying” and “frustrating” expectation in Lorraine on Tuesday morning.
The star recalled the agonizing wait that her baby daughter needed to get the help she needed, ultimately going deprived of getting 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 alternate host Cat Deeley about the fate of the family.
He said, “For so many children with autism today who are not getting the right intervention and education program these days, it’s crazy. “
Cat replied, “You suspected yourself as a parent, and it’s that moment of the unknown, when you don’t really know what’s going on you try to get help and you face up to it. all these different challenges. Was it scary for you?
Honest: Speaking on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine, Keith revealed that it took more than two years for his daughter Mia to be diagnosed with autism
Keith confessed, “It was absolutely terrifying. We had Jordan in 1996 and he was a typical developing baby, and that was pretty exciting, we were new to having Jordan, and then four years later Mia came along.
“We didn’t know what was going on, like most parents we thought maybe she had a hearing problem. We did a hearing test and it was great, and it takes you a while to figure out what’s going on.
“We didn’t know anything about autism at the time, we didn’t even have a clue what we were looking for, so it was an even bigger obstacle for us to climb.
“When she was about 18 months old that word autism continued to enter our lives, and we were put on a two and a half year wait list for a diagnosis, and yet anyone you talk to will tell you that. Early intervention is essential for any child on the spectrum.
Proud Parent: The Boyzone star recalled the agonizing wait for her daughter to get the help she needed, ultimately going deprived of getting the life-changing diagnosis as 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 typically develop before the age of three and last a person’s life.
Specific signs of autism include:
- Reactions to smell, taste, look, feel or sound are unusual
- Difficulty adjusting to changes in routine
- Unable to repeat or echo what is said to them
- Difficulty expressing desires using words or movements
- Unable to discuss own feelings or others
- Difficulty with acts of affection such as cuddling
- Prefer to be alone and avoid eye contact
- Difficulty relating to others
- Cannot point to objects or look at objects when others are pointing at them
Autism is a developmental disability – not a disease – that affects the way people communicate and interact with others.
It is characterized by persistent difficulties in social communication and interaction and by restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities in several contexts.
It is something that you were born with or that first appears when you are very young and stay with you for 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, “I see families and people on the streets all the time coming for advice, it’s so frustrating I don’t know what to say.
“Unless someone in education is led as affected by someone diagnosed with autism, we really don’t do enough. “
He continued, “Mia is doing very well, I am very, very proud of her, she is in her first year of college studying corporate IT…
“It wasn’t a surprise to me at all, it’s just the way Mia is, she’s a very selfless person, she’s absolutely wonderful.
“I found out on her Facebook page that she told people on her 21st birthday that she didn’t want any freebies, that they could donate to a charity here in Ireland for dogs. assistance to people with special needs.
Keith is passionate about autism awareness and in 2017 he participated in the television documentary Let Me In, which examined how children with autism and their families are treated in different countries around the world.
Speaking at the time, the father-of-two admitted that he and his wife Lisa were initially “distraught” when Mia was diagnosed, but said they had learned to “find the positive” in the situation and urged other parents of children with autism to “kiss” 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 crying the child they thought they had and to start kissing the child they have. ”
Keith confessed: “It was absolutely terrifying… We didn’t know anything about autism at the time, we didn’t even have a clue what we were looking for, so it was an even bigger obstacle for us. ”