Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley has revealed that her two-year-old son, Greyson, has officially been diagnosed with autism but is making “leaps and bounds when it comes to speech.”
Hollywood Life reports that the diagnosis came shortly after Jenni discussed Greyson’s struggle with speech delay during an episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation in August. During the episode, Jenni said Greyson was still not speaking at the age of two.
Jenni told the site that, although Greyson is still “non-verbal,” his development has been positive.
“He has co-therapies [every] week but we’re going to step it up a notch soon and get him [Applied Behavior Analysis] treatments, speech therapy,” she said, adding that her son has “made leaps and bounds when it comes to speech.”
“He’s understanding words better which was his issue,” she continued. “Not that he couldn’t speak, but he would never know what his shoe is or if you said, ‘Greyson,’ he actually didn’t even know his name at one point until he was a little over two. So now that he’s understanding simple words; he’s come so far.”
Jenni said Greyson is learning more colors and is doing sign language “so much more.”
“I’m like a proud mom over here,” she said.
Jenni who (along with estranged husband, Roger Mathews) also has a four-year-old daughter, Meilani, said her kids are still learning to understand each other as well.
“It’s just a challenge and it’s getting him to hang in with Meilani which is the biggest challenge,” she said. “Whenever you have two kids that are on different wave lengths, it’s always amusing, but Meilani still thinks she’s an only child which is also an issue.”
Despite Greyson’s diagnosis, Jenni assures her son is “living his best life.”
“It was really heartbreaking and frustrating as a mom when you see other two-year-olds that are speaking and living their best life,” she said. “Greyson is living his best life. He just doesn’t know what you are saying!”
Greyson is helping his mom live her best life as well, most recently by serving as an inspiration for her new skincare line, Naturally Woww. Jenni initially came up with the skincare idea after developing home remedied sunblock and eczema treatments for Meilani, but she later realized the remedies could be beneficial to Greyson, too.
“… I traveled to France over a year ago to study lavender and calming agents and skin agents and that was around the time that Greyson started having developmental delays where he has sensitive skin as well but he can’t tell me, ‘Oh this hurts,’ where Meilani would be like, ‘Dude, this itches! You can’t put that on me!’ But then parents started asking me and so I started making this a thing,” she said.
“It was over two years ago I started it but it was when I went to France where I said, ‘I’m going to make this and it’s going to be Naturally Woww!”
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