Autism Has My Child

A Mothers Journey with her Autistic Son

Autism Has My Child - A Mothers Journey with her Autistic Son

Celebrities and Autism

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 GrandinTemple 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



Daryl HannahDaryl Hannah (Actress) was diagnosed as “borderline autistic” as a child.  She is a famous actress/activist and has been arrested several times for her strong beliefs and feelings for the environment.   

 Chick here for a story about her struggles.


Courtney LoveCourtney 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 AykroydDan 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 DurbinJames 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 LadyhawkePhillipa 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 ConsidinePaddy 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 WinemanAlexis 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 YoungAdam 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-i-dreamed-a-dreamSusan 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 

sylvester-stallone-seargeohSylvester Stallone’s youngest son, Seargeoh, was diagnosed at age 3. 

“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-michaelDan 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 

toni-braxtonToni Braxton’s son, 8-year-old Diezel, was diagnosed with autism as a young child.

“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 and EvanJenny 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-kellyJohn 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.



holly-robinson-peeteHolly Robinson Peete had twins in 1997 and one of her sons, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.

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,flutieDoug 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.


aidan-quinn-daughterAidan Quinn’s daughter is autistic. “The incidence of autism has gone up 500 percent since my daughter was diagnosed,” says the actor, who is involved in many organizations for autism research.

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-chasenJohn 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.


ed-asner-matthew-asnerActor 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-lauritaJacqueline 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.


shawn-stockman-micahBoyz 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-coleGary Cole also has a daughter on the autism spectrum. His daughter, Mary, was diagnosed at age 2.  

 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.


Joe Mantegna-miaActor 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.


stephen-stills-henry-stillsSteven 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-treyWill 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-hilfigerTommy 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. 



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  • owin1queen says:

    It is not widely known, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s 13 year old son Elias, also has Autism.

    July 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM
    • vedens says:

      I couldnt find any proof, so I was worried about putting it on there. I have read that his son is autistic tho.

      July 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM
  • Martina says:

    I believe that the late actor James Dean had Asperger´s, too (and no bipolar disorder, as was originally thought). All signs point to it. I can elaborate further, if somebody was interested.

    September 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    • R says:

      Martina, please elaborate? I,too, think so. I have to do a paper on someone who would possibly have been diagnosed as ASD and his name was the first to come to my mind.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM
    • Max says:

      Do say more on dean

      March 10, 2015 at 5:11 AM
  • Derreck A Durham says:

    I Derreck A Durham and my wife Karen have a 10. year old daughter with autism. I have been trying for years to help my wife and daughter every way I can. My wife is suffering from severed depression because of my daughter. I tried to do everything possible to help both my wife and daughter to the point of now losing everything I work for in life. My mortgage company trying to steal my house after only being two months late. My wife has bad habits of spending money were I have no choice but to claim bankruptcie..My business has fallen apart do to me breaking down over no help from my wife on being a mom for my daughter. No help at all like she just gave up on life. I really need help. If someone reads this please call me Derreck A Durham 856 – 220 – 7367 Thank you

    October 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM
    • vedens says:

      Your wife may be trying to cope w/ everything by spending money. She may need to go talk to a counsellor just to get things off her chest. Shopping when your depressed is a coping type mechanism for some woman. It makes them feel better. (until you realize how much you spent) I commend you for doing all you have done for your family. At times like these when you feel the world is crashing down on you, you will begin to see alittle light at the end of the tunnell. But you need to keep your eyes open to see it.

      October 29, 2013 at 6:23 AM
    • ripoff says:

      Are you a exterior designer

      November 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM
    • Ruby says:

      i understand what you are saying about your wife, but what are *you* doing to help her and your child?

      I know you are concerned that you have no help, many people don’t and they don’t have autistic children either. I didn’t have much help, my mother in fact, told me never to call her again, if all i was going to do was cry on the phone. ( I was also very pregnant at the time, so hormones and fear for the 2nd child was raging).

      now 31 yrs later, i can see the best things i did were:
      have a plan!!! lIttle steps, one at a time, eventually do lead somewhere! you have to start with small things.

      Short term goals-like let me get past this mealtime
      less short term goals, like lets get thru today, and maybe have a plan for the next few days
      then have a plan for the next several weeks, or getting thru a season like the holidays!

      Then have some idea, although it will likely change before you get to it, at least have a framework for the next several months, or semester or some such timeframe.

      Then have a some dreams; like maybe a new or better school situation or neighborhood for your child, and yourselves. sometimes your own home just isn’t conducive for what you need to accomplish with a given child’s needs.

      Dream bigger, like long term, where would you like to see your child in 5 yrs, 10 yrs, 30 yrs.

      Sure it’s gonna change as you and the child change and grow, or even realize some things are or aren’t necessary. But it gives you a point of connection to the world you are definitely going to live in some day.

      FYI: my long term goal was just for my child to bathe independently, and be minmally literate.

      Happily she surpassed all the a long time ago, and now although she attends an adults day program, where she is safe, productive and happy, she is largely functionally independent, and she feels like an adult, a worthy adult.

      I did give up many dreams of my own for myself, and my husband bailed on us after nearly 25 yrs, but you know what………..when i go to bed at night at i know i did the most noble thing in the world by making the life of one person so much better than it ever would have been otherwise. While i won’t get any awards, and most of my family still thinks my life was wasted, i know better and there is great satisfaction in that, despite a still gaping lack of family support or understanding. I’ll also confess we are broker than Job, but we manage to eat and keep a roof over our heads, and we even manage to smile and have fun just like anyone else trying to navigate in the world.

      March 16, 2014 at 5:13 AM
      • vedens says:

        Ruby, you deserve an award!! I belive all moms and dads of autistic kids deserve awards! :)

        You worked hard for your child and you are right, there is nothing that can take that feeling away that you helped someone’s life.

        March 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM
  • Sharon says:

    I agree, the spending is about focusing on something else because you feel out of control over what’s happening. Contact with other mums in the same situation, others taking responsibility for some of the care of your daughter so your wife can go out and do other things, even if they take your daughter out and your wife has the house to herself for the day, all of these things help. If suffering with depression seeing the doctor is a really good idea. I believe it’s that fight or flight thing, you either get all over the situation or run away, as your wife can’t run away physically she runs away mentally and that’s what the shopping is about. Take the time to find organisations, welcome them into your world … you may think they want to be left along but this isn’t good for both your daughter and wife. Don’t let the world of autism take over your life, yes it’s a big part but you deserve a life too. Get family involved, don’t hint, ask outright, tell them you need help. Don’t feel you are a failure for asking for help .. you need it. Get on top of the financial situation, make sure your wife can’t spend anything, protect your home at all costs … again ask family for money to stop your home being taken away. Contact autistic society, explain the situation, see if they’ll lend you the money. By putting your efforts into these things it may help the situation. If you really can’t get this type of help then think about placing your daughter in care for a while. I know this sounds really harsh but your daughter needs someone who’s able to offer a positive approach and if you have to work then this maybe the best thing for her. Your wife is possibly also suffering on-going grief, because when you are told your child has this condition it’s like a death in the family, only they are still there and the situation never goes away. You seem to be the one with all the responsibility at the moment. Prioritize things, sit down with a pen and paper and list in number of importance everything you need to do. In my eyes the home is number 1 because you really don’t want to go through all that entails, so beg, borrow do whatever you have to to secure it. Don’t feel your being less of a dad putting your wife and child a little way down the list, be honest. You’re in a really really tough situation and you need someone in your corner too, talk to a friend, ask your autistic society if they can put you in touch with someone. Mostly, I’d just like to say, you’re not alone, there are thousands of us out there, stay focused, take a step at a time and I wish you all the luck in the world! Sharon (mother of 21yr old daughter with Autism).

    February 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM
  • Alessandra V. says:

    Robert Deniro’s teenage son Elliot has autism.

    April 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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    April 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM
  • suzy says:
    please help

    March 12, 2015 at 4:29 PM

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