Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee share their top tips for raising kids on the autism spectrum

Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee talked about raising three autistic children and shared advice with other parents.

On Tuesday, amid Autism Acceptance Month, the couple – who have been married since 2008 and share seven children – joined hello america to discuss the education of autistic children, information shared a decade ago by the designer in a public service announcement for Autism Speaks and in his 2016 book American dreamer.

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“We have a lot of experience with that,” Dee said. CMGis Michael Strahan.

Tommy added: “Early intervention is really key. If you can intervene early and if you feel your child is doing badly in any way…if they are unresponsive or seem to be in their own world, you should get them tested, and the sooner you do test, the sooner you can intervene.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, autism spectrum disorder “is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems with social interaction and communication.” Symptoms, which are usually apparent during the first year of a child’s life, may include (but are not limited to) infrequent eye contact, repeating sentences without understanding the meaning, or difficulties in learning such as speech delay or difficulty expressing emotions.

“Our son was counting steps at one and a half, and at two he stopped counting, he stopped talking,” Tommy said. “He babbled a bit then stopped. So we had it tested and obviously it was a bit of a shock. But once you get over the shock, then you plan to do something about it. And we put all our energy into bringing together the best professionals around all our children who had been affected. And that was really the key to progress.

In 2017, following a partnership with the non-profit organization Runway of Dreams which, according to its website, “gives people with disabilities confidence and self-expression through the inclusion of fashion and of beauty”, the designer launched Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, clothes designed for people. with various disabilities.

“My family has been impacted by autism and the experience has enlightened me about their needs,” Tommy said. Hollywood life This year. “I thought it wouldn’t be great to take our (Tommy Hilfiger) style and make it adaptable to kids with special needs.”

dee said CMG that parents who have a supportive community benefit the most. “…I think it’s really crucial that you talk to pediatricians,” she said. “But also, once the child is diagnosed, I think the most helpful thing for us and for other parents is to seek out other parents…I think that’s important when you get that diagnosis, that can be quite devastating, but I think seeking the support of friends has made a big, big difference for us.

These celebrity parents got very real about their kids growing up.

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