I am sure I am not the only one that wants to know that Celebrities face the same problems, that regular people do. After doing some research on the web, I found some intriguing information about Celebrities that have autistic children or have autism themselves. I’ve learned that all of them get involved and try to find a cure or help others someway or another. It was really uplifting. I know when I found a way to help others, I immediately jumped at it. I know how tough it is and I would do anything to help ease the pains and struggles that other people have with autism. Anyways.. here is what I have found.
Celebrities WITH Autism
Temple Grandin (Writer) was diagnosed with autism as a child. Later on, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as an adult. Temple Grandin has wrote several books that I highly suggest you read. Here are her list of books: click here
Chick here for a story about her struggles.
Courtney Love (musician/singer) was diagnosed as “mildly autistic” as a child. Love has said that she “didn’t have a lot of social skills”, and that she learned them while frequenting gay clubs with friends. She had a rough childhood. At 14, She was arrested for shoplifting and went into a juvenile home. At 16, she became legally emancipated, moved away and became a stripper.
(a lot of her erratic behavior makes sense to me now knowing that she was diagnosed as autistic)
Dan Aykroyd (Actor) was expelled from two schools for acting up and a psychiatrist had diagnosed him with a mild Asperger’s syndrome. He also had a few tics and had shown signs of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
James Durbin (Singer) finished 4th on Season 10 of American Idol. He was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome shortly after his father died when he was 9 years old. After Idol, he appeared in a documentary, Different Is The New Normal, that focused on a teen’s effort to overcome Tourette syndrome.
(I rooted for James on American Idol that year! He was awesome!)
Phillipa Margaret “Pip” Brown AKA Ladyhawke (New Zealand Singer, Songwriter) was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was young. She believes that the reason she spent her childhood absorbed in music was due to this syndrome.
Paddy Considine (Actor) revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. In May 2013, he had been found to suffer from a visual perception condition called Irlen Syndrome, which stops individuals from processing full spectral light and results in behavioural issues. He now wears irlen filters as tinted contact lenses on set, or glasses to reduce the brain’s exposure to certain colours of light.
Alexis Wineman (Miss Montana 2012, Miss America Contestant 2013) is an American beauty pageant title holder from Cut Bank, Montana who was named Miss Montana 2012. Wineman’s platform was “Normal is Just a Dryer Setting: Living with Autism.” She was diagnosed at the age of 11 with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, which puts her on the mild end of the autism spectrum and carries symptoms similar to those of Asperger’s syndrome.
Adam Young AKA Owl CIty (Musician, Singer-Songwriter) has mentioned he has Asperger’s syndrome, and he has often referred to himself as being deeply shy and socially introverted. He has said, “I’m from Minnesota, and I have Asperger’s syndrome, so I have no idea what karaoke is.” (Adam Young’s Blog)
Susan Boyle has come forward saying she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. She saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ. When younger, she suffered from learning difficulties, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.
Celebrities With Autistic Children
“To have a child in this predicament is extremely sad,” he told People shortly after his son was diagnosed in 1985. “It’s almost like a radio station — he fades on and off of the signal.”
Sly said he found his own way to bond and communicate with his son. “You can’t force him into your world. I sort of go along with whatever he is doing,” he said. “Sometimes he likes to draw — mostly abstract things — and he has puzzles that we work on together. After he gets to the point where he trusts you, a little more communication can start. The primary therapy is the repetition of words and instructions. He has shown an extraordinary memory, but he can’t apply what he has learned.”
Dan Marino’s son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Dan and his wife became concerned when they noticed developmental delays in their son. Michael is now in his twenties, after receiving intensive therapy at an early age, is now reportedly living a wonderful, productive life.
The couple has gone on to build the Dan Marino Center at the Miami Children’s Hospital to help those with developmental and psychological disorders. Dan and Claire Marino established the Dan Marino Foundation in 1992. The Foundation’s mission is to “open doors” toward independence for children and young adults with autism and special needs by creating awareness and opportunities. For more information, visit: Dan Marino Foundation
“As a mom, I knew something was different about him when he was probably about 9 months old,” she said. “By the time he became a year and a half I said, ‘He’s not developing like his older brother.’ ”
Braxton is an advocate for autism research and is teaming up with SheKnows on our “Where the Other Sock Went” campaign for Autism Speaks. “Early diagnosis makes a lifetime of difference,” Braxton says. “We have him in occupational therapy, speech therapy, he’s being mainstreamed [and] he’s in public school, general [education]. He does have his special ed therapies, but we are very, very lucky.”
Jenny McCarthy’s son Evan, now 9, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. The actress, who started Jenny McCarthy’s Autism Organization, said she thought vaccines were responsible for her son’s autism, despite research that says otherwise.
After years of treatment, McCarthy says her son has shown marked improvements. “Evan couldn’t talk — now he talks. Evan couldn’t make eye contact — now he makes eye contact. Evan was antisocial — now he makes friends,” she told Time magazine. “It was amazing to watch, over the course of doing this, how certain therapies work for certain kids, and they completely don’t work for others… When something didn’t work for Evan, I didn’t stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn’t stop.” Jenny McCarthy has written several books and I suggest you read them! They are funny and its a good feeling to see that she is in the same situation that you are. Jenny McCarthy’s Books
John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s son, Jett, had autism before sadly passing away at the age of 16 after he had a seizure. The couple, who are Scientologists, didn’t talk about their son’s condition until he was testifying to a grand jury after the death of his son and revealed his son was indeed autistic.
Preston said her son was “the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for.”
RIP Jett. Sad sad sad story.
After her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Robinson and her husband co-founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to help find a cure for the disease and assist those living with the condition.
HollyRod4kids was established in 2000 in response to Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete’s son’s autism diagnosis. The initiative’s main mission is helping the families of children with autism gain access to affordable treatments and therapies.
Holly along with her daughter Ryan wrote the fictional children’s book, My Brother Charile, which centers around growing up with an autistic twin sibling. It is slightly based on Ryan Peete’s experience of having an autistic twin brother. In March 2010, Rodney Peete released a book titled, Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism. In the book Rodney Peete gives his perspective as a father raising a son with special needs. A percentage of the proceeds from both books will go to HollyRod4kids.
Doug Flutie’s son, Doug Flutie Jr., was diagnosed with autism. He reportedly was developing normally and speaking until the age of 2, when he gradually stopped talking all together. With his wife, he started the Doug Flutie, Jr Foundation for Autism, which offers grants for autism support.
He blames his daughter’s autism on her MMR vaccine. As he said in his interview with The Irish Independent, “So we had a normal child that was walking, talking, doing everything way faster than she was supposed to. Then, after an MMR, she got a 106 degree fever and turned blue and woke up the next day with dark circles and not knowing who she was. And uncoordinated.” His daughter, Aida, now 19, has autism and is nonverbal.
John Schneider’s son Chasen was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. “Chasen responded well to speech and language therapy and went from there to occupational therapy. But some things that most children just kind of learn by osmosis need to be taught to a child with Asperger’s.”
In 1982, he co-founded, with Marie Osmond, the Children’s Miracle Network to help suffering children. He also volunteers his time for Autism Speaks very frequently.
Actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ed Asner is a parent and a grandparent of a child with autism and is deeply involved with the autism nonprofit Autism Speaks. He also serves on the advisory board of a suburban Chicago firm that employs persons with autistic spectrum disorders to test and program software.
He’s provided numerous candid interviews about his experiences, including this video about the Faces of Autism.
Jacqueline Laurita revealed in an interview with People Magazine (in 2012) about her son Nicholas’ autism diagnosis, and the effect it’s had on her family. She told People. that around 18 months old, Nicholas began regressing with his speech and motor skills, then refusing to answer to his name or notice people enter a room.
In the interview, she shares that she has the same worries as many other parents, namely whether her child will have a happy and independent life.
Boyz II Men band member Shawn Stockman’s son, Micah, was diagnosed with autism. When they found out, he founded a charity called Micah’s Voice. The charity offers financial support to families struggling with the cost of caring for a child with the disorder.
Gary says that he first suspected that something was amiss with Mary when she was two years old. “[She] didn’t process information like you or I do, and did not pick up on social cues,” he explains. His advice for others is simple:
“Seek answers, and the earlier the better.”
Noting that “your original agenda as a parent is set aside” as soon as the diagnosis of autism is made, Gary is grateful that Mary — now 18 – has gone on to lead a relatively normal life. After receiving therapy as a young child and with the help of a personal aide, she went on to attend mainstream elementary and middle schools in California, where she now goes to a special learning facility for high school.
Actor Joe Mantegna’s daughter, Mia, was diagnosed with autism. Mia was born after an emergency C-section performed to save the child’s life. At birth, she weighed one pound and 13 ounces, and spent her first few months in intensive care. A few years later, they noticed that her ability to speak was as limited as her attention span. After having her evaluated by a neurologist, they received the diagnosis. Mia has autism. She is high functioning and well aware of her condition. She also has a wealth of support in her family who ensure that she’s involved in the world as much as possible. Her father’s career as an actor has played a part in her development, as well.
Joe Mantegna has expresses his admiration for organizations like Autism Speaks. Arlene Mantegna created the Autism Families Together Network. It is a network that connects you with people that can help answer your questions that you are having. Its a great organization.
Steven Stills’ son, Henry Stills, was diagnosed at 3 with Asperger’s syndrome. He had been spinning things and lining up cars. “I’m shy about going public with this,” Stephen explains. Kristen, his mom, believes autism is caused by a combination between genetic predisposition and environmental toxins. “Henry didn’t have the regressive thing,” she explains. “He was always a little ‘off.’ It was more pronounced at 2 because that’s when kids are more social.”
Will Clark’s son, Trey, who was born around 1996 was diagnosed as autistic shortly after the age of 2. Since Will was still playing baseball at the time he admits that wife, Lisa, is the one who handled all the therapy appointments.
Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee also have autism in their large family. Tommy’s daughter, Kathleen 17 year old, and Dee’s son, Alex 18 year old, are both on the autism spectrum. Having children on the spectrum has prompted Tommy Hilfiger to become part of the “Learn the Signs” campaign.
HISTORICAL FIGURES WHO ARE SPECULATED TO HAVE HAD AUTISM
• Albert Einstein
• Isaac Newton
• Andy Warhol
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart