Em Rusciano has revealed that her youngest child, son Elio, has been diagnosed with autism.
The former radio host shared the news on Tuesday, adding that she ‘knew [Elio is] not neurotypical in any way’.
The 43-year-old was herself diagnosed with ADHD and autism just last year.
Em Rusciano has revealed that her youngest child, son Elio, has been diagnosed with autism
‘Elio was diagnosed with Autism a couple of weeks ago, LOTS of you had questions,’ she explained in the post.
‘Especially about the process, which was A PROCESS. So what now?
‘Well, I’m really focussed on making sure that he gets to be all that he is, I understand what it’s like to move through life with our brain, and I don’t want it to be anything like it has been for me, for him.
‘He’s an incredible kid no doubt, but I can already see how the world is going to try and clip his wings. So his Dad and I and his sisters are gonna do all that we can to make sure his wings are fkn bullet proof.’
Last year Em revealed that her 14-year-old daughter Odette had also been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The 43-year-old was herself diagnosed with ADHD and autism just last year
Last month, the outspoken star lashed out members of the neurodivergent community for ‘policing her experience’ with the disorders.
In an impassioned Instagram post to her 220,000 Instagram followers, the Australian Idol alum unleashed on trolls for harassing her online.
Last month the former radio host lashed out members of the neurodivergent community for ‘policing her experience’ with the disorders
‘Other ND [neurodivergent] people policing me on how I talk about my experience as an ND person can get right in the bin,’ she raged.
‘You process your s**t your way and I’ll do it mine. If I wanna joke and find the light and choose to see it as a thing to be celebrated, I f***ing will.
‘Of course, it’s made most things harder but not ALL THINGS. I’ve punished myself for long enough thinking I was deficient.’
‘I’m not – I’m just different. Thank you,’ she finished.
‘I’ve punished myself for long enough!’ In an impassioned Instagram post to her 220,000 Instagram followers, Em unleashed on trolls for harassing her online
Last year, Em said that she had received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism.
She shared a post imploring her followers to ‘be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do’.
However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of ‘jumping on a trend’.
In a candid video recorded in her car, Em said: ‘I was a kid in school that was constantly told I wasn’t living up to my potential.
‘So now I’m an adult who never feels good enough and is always overreaching.’
‘If you can teach your kids to advocate for themselves, and you help them and you get a teacher who’s just willing to put in that little bit of extra [work] and be willing to understand them if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do.’
‘Their potential is endless.’
Em received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism last year
However, in a subsequent post, she claimed she had received a message from a woman accusing her of ‘jumping on’ a ‘trend’ when she claimed to have autism and ADHD.
The woman, who has kids ‘with severe disabilities’, told the comedian that she ‘trivialise[s] her experience when I speak about mine’.
Em claimed that ‘because I have chosen to disclose my neurodiversity, I think that the advocate hat got placed on my head even though I wasn’t ready to wear it.’
She then admitted she ‘doesn’t pretend’ to know how hard life was for the woman in question, or her children,’ before going on to reveal her own experience of ‘neurodiversity’.
‘I can’t look people in the eye for too long. I can’t do the food shopping without feeling so overstimulated I have to sometimes abandon the shop all together and go and lay down in the back of my car.’
She also claimed to ‘have no short term memory’ and to not ‘like being touched unless I initiate it.’
Em said that ‘up until a year ago I just thought that I was a rubbish person with a broken brain’.
She then went on to acknowledge her high level of functioning, saying she is ‘extremely creative’ and has ‘elite level problem solving skills’.
‘I can’t look people in the eye for too long. I can’t do the food shopping without feeling so overstimulated I have to sometimes abandon the shop all together and go and lay down in the back of my car’ she said