Former Home and Away star Christie Hayes has penned a loving account of living with her three-year-old son who has autism.
The Australian mother-of-two said she has learned to come to terms with little Hendrix’s condition after she initially struggled with his diagnosis.
The 30-year-old shared touching details of her life with the toddler, who she revealed earlier this year was on the autism spectrum.
Former Home and Away star Christie Hayes has penned a loving account of living with her three-year-old son Hendrix who has autism (pictured together)
Her three-year-old son Hendrix (pictured) has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum – it’s a diagnosis that’s take some time for the mum-of-two to come to terms with
‘He’s just Hendy, he’s quirky and super cute, and he has a little Autism. Or, a lot of Autism – my view of it depends on the day and how I’m feeling,’ she told Kidspot.
While she admitted initially finding out her son had been diagnosed with ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder was frightening, she said learning more about the disorder had helped her to understand it better.
‘In our family, we just say Autism. We’re friends with Autism, it’s not scary anymore. We muck around with its name. We do not let the name define us or Hendrix. We don’t use fancy names to label our boy,’ she continued.
‘He has a little Autism. Or, a lot of Autism – my view of it depends on the day and how I’m feeling,’ she said
Speaking previously, the former television star who co-hosts the radio breakfast show on I98FM in Wollongong, revealed one the bigger issues she struggled with in regards to her son’s autism was how it affected his ability to speak.
Children with autistic disorder have difficulties relating and communicating with other people.
‘I know of course how lucky we are, my son hasn’t been diagnosed with a terminal illness or something that warrants extreme devastation, but being told that your child is different and might have some challenges ahead is not always easy,’ she said.
‘You never want your baby to have something you take for granted – such as talking and basic social skills, as a problem.’
It’s an issue she also touched on in her most recent piece where she shared her pain at not having heard her toddler say the three words she most wanted to hear.
The mum-of-two said being told that your child is different and might have some challenges ahead is not always easy
Christie Hayes (pictured) has opened up on her son’s autism disorder diagnosis
‘I am confident that with the help of our absolutely incredible doctors and specialists I will hear them. I think these words may be a bit more familiar to you.
‘Love you Mum.’
Earlier this year, the mum-of-two opened up in an emotional post on Instagram revealing she was sharing Hendrix’s, story because ‘it will help him, help others and, (maybe selfishly) help me saying it aloud too.
‘Having a sense of humour when you’re going through something that alters your life is vital, and laughter is the best medicine (as is wine).
She went on to explain that while she has moments where her ‘heart sometimes breaks’, she remains positive for her son whom she called her ‘ray of sunshine’.
‘Hendy is the sweetest boy, knows what he wants, isn’t scared of anything, is brave enough to lead an army and has a smile that could stop a war.’