Jersey Shore Star Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley Reveals Son Has Been Diagnosed With Autism
Jersey Shore star Jenni ‘Jwoww’ Farley has revealed her 2 year old son Greyson has been diagnosed with autism after early voicing concerns about his speech development.
During an episode of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” Farley had shared that her young son wasn’t speaking yet and seemed to have trouble understanding many things.
In a video posted to her YouTube channel in September, Farley opened up about how Greyson was yet to hit certain milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children. She went on to explain why she stopped sharing photos and videos of her son. “One of the biggest reasons was because Greyson wasn’t hitting his milestones the way other kids were supposed to. Another reason was because he wasn’t and still isn’t understanding a lot of words.”
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This is @greysonmathews with his amazing ABA therapist @wecareautismservices 💙💙💙 Grey was recently diagnosed with autism. He’s also been in early intervention for over 6 months now and doing amazing 💙 Grey is and will always be my little prince. So to see his diagnosis utilized as click bate broke my heart and pissed me. His story is too precious, no single article could capture that. The article was suppose to be about my brand @naturallywoww and how Its expanding to a children’s line in HONOR of Greyson and Meilani. @naturallywoww and I will be donating some of its profits to autism organizations that help children like my son… because that’s the only message I intend to spread in my sons name… love and acceptance 💙
The 32 year old reality TV star spoke to Hollywood Life in November where she shared that Greyson had been officially diagnosed and was enrolled in therapy.
“He’s made leaps and bounds when it comes to speech,” she said. While Greyson is still presently “non-verbal” according to his mum, he is currently on a path of “positive, positive” progress.
“He has co-therapies every week but we’re going to step it up a notch soon and get him ABA treatments, speech therapy,” said Farley. “He’s understanding words better, which was his issue.”
Farley recently shared a video of a sensory room, filled with bubble tubes, tunnels and interactive wall panels which have been shown to benefit children with autism by giving them a place to calm down or play.
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Cannot thank my girlfriend @traciljohnson enough for her time and connections within the autism community for putting us in contact with @kulturecity who set @greysonmathews up with his very own sensory room. We had the honor of hanging out with one of the most generous souls I’ve ever met @justinm_503 who flew here on his own time to build Greysons room. you will never meet a kinder soul willing to help those in need. This is a new realm for us. One filled with tons of information and different theory’s of treatments. So grateful Grey chose me to be his mommy and @rogermathewsnj to be his daddy 💙 We wont let him down. Mommy will work extra hard with my @naturallywoww family to ensure the best ingredients are used for his skin, and connect with organizations like @kulturecity who help autistic individuals be accepted, included and fulfill their potential.
The mum of two is estranged from her husband Roger Mathews although they co-parent both the children together- they also share a 4 year old daughter Meilani Alexandra.
The strain of seeing her young son not hitting his milestones may have been a contributing factor to the break down of Farley’s relationship with Mathews. She says she felt very alone during the whole process as he wasn’t taking her concerns seriously.
“When Greyson wasn’t hitting his marks in the world of doctors, Roger couldn’t, not that he couldn’t care less, but he was like, ‘He’s perfect. He’s going to be fine. This is no big deal,’ ” she said of Mathews, who she’s been separated from since September.
“In that aspect, I felt very alone because I was the only parent,” she continued. “I thought, ‘Am I bad wanting to get him help because Roger’s not concerned, so should I not be concerned?’ ”
Whatever happens between the couple Farley says her number one concern has been and will always be her children. “I don’t know if I would even call it a struggle because Greyson is perfect to me,” Farley said. “But it’s something as a mom and a parent I’m going through and a lot of parents go through.”