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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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5 on Your Side raises awareness about autism with Hammerstone’s fundraiser

ST. LOUIS — Join 5 on Your Side’s Christina Coleman at Hammerstone’s this Friday for Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free appetizers will be served along with a signature drink to help raise money for the Autism Speaks’ Walk.

Christina’s son, Max, is non-verbal. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was two-years-old. Christina and her family are trying to raise awareness about the neurological disorder and help as many St. Louis area families who have a loved one with Autism.

Come out and enjoy some toasted ravioli, tasty drinks, laughter, a live band and big hugs as we bring the community together and gear up for the Annual Autism Speaks’ Walk. The walk will take place on October 13.

If you would like to go to the Hammerstone’s Happy Hour, please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably no later than Thursday morning. Christina is currently in the process of placing food orders and she wants to know how many people are going to show up. Click here to RSVP.

© 2018 KSDK

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

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Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

Latest News
Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

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Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

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Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

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Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Exclusive: Paddy McGuinness gives emotional interview about his children’s autism

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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Paddy McGuinness

Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness has given an emotional interview regarding his two children’s autism diagnosis.

Taking a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With… the father of three discussed the strain autism has on his family life, as he yearns for normality. You can see a Digital Spy exclusive sneak peek at the interview, airing next Thursday (July 19), below;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Speaking of his 5-year-old twins with wife Christine, Penelope and Leo, Paddy reflected: “It’s still very difficult for me to deal with, very difficult. I crave normality with my children.

“Honestly John, whether they were autistic or not – I like to think I’d never be a parent who’d never put pressure on my kids to be a bloody brain surgeon or a dentist.

Related: Christine McGuinness opens up about her marriage with Paddy following Nicole Appleton rumours

“It wouldn’t matter to me whether they worked at Morrisons or what they did, as long as they were happy because I was happy growing up like that.”

Paddy, who’s also known for his part in Channel 4’s Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, then went on to discuss a particular instance in which the situation hit home.

The experience he describes took place in a supermarket where a young boy was arguing with his dad over a yoghurt, verbally expressing what he wanted.

“A total normal mundane thing, I looked at it and I thought ‘God, that bloke’s so lucky to have that’. You know that’s how I felt at the time,” he said, before becoming visibly emotional.

Paddy’s wife Christine previously spoke about the diagnosis during an appearance on Loose Women, where she confirmed that they’ve been doing more research to learn how to help their children.

“Now understanding more about autism, I know I can help them. I know I’ve got tonnes of patience, I know I can plan ahead, I’m quite creative in how I think slightly outside the box,” she said (via Daily Mail).

“I’m blessed. I’m blessed to have them.”

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on July 19 at 10pm.


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Boscov’s plans event for those with autism

Public relations worker at the Erie Boscov’s store also knows the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum.

When Christine Fetcho, of Erie, talks about her son, 18-year-old Matthew, she talks mostly about the things that make her proud and make her smile.

And there are lots of things to talk about.

“He is such a sweet, funny kid,” she said. “He volunteers at the veterans hospital. He loves this anime (art) stuff. He is working on a book with some other kids and he seems to be the writer. He is such a great kid. I’m so proud of my son. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

But Fetcho, who works in public relations at the Erie Boscov’s store, also knows the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum.

So when another company official wondered aloud about other companies holding so-called sensory or autism events during a recent corporate conference call, Fetcho encouraged Boscov’s to test the idea at the company’s Millcreek Mall store, its newest location.

Management of the Reading-based department store chain jumped at the idea.

Next Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m., Boscov’s will open early and invite shoppers with autism and special needs and their families to a shopping events designed around their needs.

The event, being held in cooperation with the Erie-based Barber National Institute, will be held with the expectation of small crowds so that customers can have the undivided attention of cashiers. The lights will be low. There will be no sounds of employees being paged, no music and no fitting room sensors.

It’s only one hour, but Fetcho is excited to be a part of what she thinks could be come a broader effort and is encouraged to think about what it could mean to young people like her son.

Shopping, she said, was never an especially easy family activity.

“It could be a real struggle,” she said. “If a buzzer goes off, that trip is over.”

“He’s high functioning, but he still struggles,” she said. “As a child he didn’t like balloons. Vacuums and loud noises set hm off.”

Interactions with cashiers have a way of slowing down, leaving her son seemingly frozen under the gaze of the person taking his order.

“It takes him a while,” Fetcho said. “Cashiers can get frustrated with him. I turn around and get frustrated with them. It’s like, ‘Look, you need to have patience.'”

She’s hoping Boscov’s personnel will have plenty of time for customers this coming Saturday and an expectation that some customers will thrive in an environment where the music, lights and the distractions are all turned down a notch or two. Shoppers will also receive gift bags and snacks.

They’ll also have a chance to save some money. Shoppers with autism or other special needs and family members who accompany them will receive 15 percent off their bills.

No one will be asked to provide proof of a diagnosis.

“Basically we are asking for the truth,” Fetcho said. “I am not going to ask for a health screening record. Pretty much anyone with autism or special needs is welcome.”

Ann Ellison, behavioral services coordinator at the Barber National Institute, which is working with Boscov’s on the event, said she’s pleased to see the department store and others finding ways to open their doors to everyone.

“I think it’s very helpful,” she said. “For many of our families, the kids struggle in active environments and in crowds that can turn the shopping experience into some pretty serious meltdowns.”

Boscov’s seems to be part of a broader and welcome trend, she said.

“I think it’s happening nationally and I think it’s a very positive sign for the community to embrace all our members,” Ellison said.

Fetcho will be working that morning, but she expects her husband will be there shopping alongside their son.

She expects to be feeling proud to be doing something for her son and for showing the colors of a company she’s come to believe in.

Fetcho said she was inspired to learn about founder Albert Boscov, who was known for carrying a spare blanket in the back of his car and giving it to whoever might need it.

“Erie doesn’t know Boscov’s yet,” she said. “He (Albert Boscov) believed the community was the heart of the store and that is something we want here.”

She also wants life to be just a little easier for her son and others on the autism spectrum, a warm blanket of sorts.

Jim Martin can be reached at 870-1668 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ETNMartin.

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Suramin for Autism?

SAN DIEGO (KFSN) —

The CDC estimates that one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Right now, there are no FDA approved treatments for the disorder or its symptoms, which can include difficulty with social skills, communication, and repetitive behavior. That’s why results from a small clinical trial in San Diego have grabbed the attention of researchers and families.

Dr. Robert Naviaux suspected the cause of autism might be metabolic dysfunction, where the energy molecule ATP is “outside” cells. He researched more than two thousand drugs and found one that might help. That drug was Suramin. Dr. Naviaux tested one dose in a clinical trial of ten boys. Five got the drug.

Dr. Naviaux shared, “Children began to talk sometimes for the first time in sentences in their life.”

Boys who got Suramin had autism severity scores drop from eight-point-six to seven, the lowest point on the spectrum. They improved social, language and fine motor skills, and found relief from repetitive motions and fragmented sleep. Miles McInerney was in the trial but did not receive Suramin; he still wanted to help.

“I should generally be interested in the ability to possibly find a way that people with worse autism or struggle more with autism than I do, to possibly be able to find a solution that can help them better communicate,” said McInerney.

He now uses rowing to reduce the stress related to his autism. For those who did get the drug, Dr. Naviaux says most but not all the effects wore off in eight weeks.

“Some children had learned to tie their shoes for the first time, and other children had learned to zip up a jacket. Those fine motors skills were a motor memory that had been retained.” Dr. Naviaux continued.

McInerney and his mom are encouraged by the results.

Dr. Naviaux says next there will be several phase two trials to determine safety and efficacy for Suramin. He suspects it will be three to five years before phase three trials begin.

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How to Meet Autistic People Halfway

One of the most widely held beliefs about autistic people — that they are not interested in other people — is almost certainly wrong. Our understanding of autism has changed quite a bit over the past century, but this particular belief has been remarkably persistent.

Seventy-five years ago, the first published account of autism described its subjects as “happiest when left alone” and “impervious to people.” Even now, a National Institutes of Health fact sheet suggests that autistic people are “indifferent to social engagement,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that some “might not be interested in other people at all.”

There is no question that autistic people can seem as though they are not interested in others. They may not make eye contact or they may repeat lines from movies that don’t seem relevant in the moment. They may flap their hands or rock their bodies in ways that other people find off-putting. But just because someone appears socially uninterested does not mean that he or she is.

As we point out in a paper published last month in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, many autistic people say they are very interested in, and in some cases desperate for, social connection. They experience loneliness, say they want friends and even prefer two-player games to one-player games. As the autistic author Naoki Higashida writes, “I can’t believe that anyone born as a human being really wants to be left all on their own, not really,” adding, “The truth is, we’d love to be with other people.”

So why do autistic people act in ways that make it appear they want to be left alone? Autism is a neurological condition that affects how people perceive, think and move. Autistic people say that some of their apparently unsociable behaviors result from these neurological characteristics. Paradoxically, they may behave in these ways when they are trying to engage with other people.

Take eye contact. Some autistic people say they find sustained eye contact uncomfortable or even painful. Others report that it’s hard to concentrate on what someone is saying while simultaneously looking at them. In other words, not looking someone in the eye may indicate that an autistic person is trying very hard to participate in the conversation at hand. Unfortunately, this attempt to engage often gets interpreted as a lack of interest.

Or consider another common autistic behavior: echolalia. People who say the same thing over and over again can appear socially disengaged, but this does not mean that they are. Sometimes autistic people repeat phrases as a way of connecting at a deep level. For example, one autistic boy repeated, “Chicken Little thought the sky was falling, but the sky is not falling” when his mother was despondent over the death of a friend.

Wrongly assuming that someone is not socially motivated can have devastating consequences. Being sociable is widely considered to be a fundamental part of being human. The presumption that autistic people are not sociable effectively dehumanizes them.

If you assume a person is not interested in interacting with you, then you probably won’t exert much effort to interact in the first place. This can lead to a situation where neither person wants to interact with the other. Or you might insist that he or she interact in the ways you expect socially interested people to interact. Some popular autism interventions recommend that parents and teachers attempt to train autistic children to make eye contact or to stop repeating themselves or flapping their hands. The problem with this is that the neurological makeup of an autistic person may make it difficult or impossible for him or her to do so.

Insisting that autistic people behave in ways that they are unable to can lead to feelings of learned helplessness, self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and, eventually, social withdrawal. As an autistic participant in one study explained: “I have been endlessly criticized about how different I looked, criticized about all kinds of tiny differences in my behavior. There’s a point where you say, ‘To hell with it, it’s impossible to please you people.’”

The danger of being assumed to be socially uninterested is especially acute for the roughly one-third of autistic people who do not use spoken language reliably. Like other autistic people, they behave in ways that get misinterpreted, and they may not be able to correct the record.

For all of us, whether we are socially motivated at any given time depends on much more than our innate predisposition for sociability. It also depends on how we’ve been treated in the past; our ability to tune out distracting sights, sounds, smells, thoughts and feelings; and the attitudes and behaviors of potential social partners.

Autistic people have been making the case for decades that they are interested in other people, and that they do not intend their unusual behaviors to indicate otherwise. So when someone does not make eye contact or repeats something you just said, be open to the possibility that it is just his or her way of trying to connect with you. Improving the social lives of autistic people will require putting aside assumptions about how social interest is expressed and recognizing that it can be shown in unexpected ways.

Vikram K. Jaswal is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Nameera Akhtar is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Parents hope medical marijuana can help children with autism, but they can’t find doctors

There have been times in the eight years since Judah Stampley was diagnosed with autism disorder that he has been on up to 12 prescription medications at once.

The combination of pills seem to have done more harm than good, and by the time Judah turned 15, his mother says, he was diagnosed with both Type 2 diabetes and with liver damage.

“The medications are not working, and we have never had significant progress,” Monica Stampley said. “Nothing can be worse than it is now.”

That’s why Stampley, who lives in Bossier City, and some other parents in similar circumstances celebrated when Louisiana legislators approved a law that made medical marijuana accessible to patients living with severe autism, creating an alternative to traditional prescription medicines.

While the medical marijuana program still has months to go before product becomes available and dispensaries open, these parents are already facing a huge hurdle to care: Many of them have found few pediatricians willing or able to recommend medical marijuana for pediatric patients with autism in Louisiana.

One of the few places parents can go hasn’t even opened yet.

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Kathryn Thomas, a counselor licensed in both Louisiana and Texas, is working with a group of five physicians to open a medical marijuana clinic in Shreveport. Three of the physicians have been approved to recommend medical marijuana by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, while the other two licenses are pending. The group has committed to working with pediatric patients although Thomas said their clinic in Shreveport, called the Healing Clinics, likely won’t open until September at the earliest.

That’s around the time the LSU Ag Center, one of two approved medical marijuana growers in the state, have said they will have product available for the state’s nine dispensaries. The second grower, the Southern Ag Center, has said they won’t have product available until February 2019.

Thomas said the group is pre-registering patients and they have had an overwhelming number of requests from parents of children with severe autism.

“So much effort went into getting these laws passed and get to the point where it’s approved, these families are now hitting a wall,” she said. “At the end of the day we want to make sure nothing is standing in the way of potential treatment.”

Even as parents applauded the approval of autism as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, they knew gaining access would be problematic. The original bill, which was authored by Rep. Rodney Lyons, D-Jefferson Parish, was changed to address concerns from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) during the legislative process.

John Vanchiere, a pediatrician and professor at LSU Health Shreveport speaking for the AAP, testified against the bill, arguing there is a lack of research available to show the benefits medical marijuana would have for young patients with severe autism. The AAP supported the bill after it was amended to say parents would have to first consult with a pediatric subspecialist before going to a doctor licensed to recommend medical marijuana.

The amendment was intended to protect the safety of the pediatric patient and make sure that all medical options had been evaluated before the parent considered medical marijuana. But some parents say it has created an access problem.

Currently, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners lists 27 doctors who have either applied or been approved to recommend medical marijuana. None of them are pediatricians. Of the 15 who are licensed, none are pediatric subspecialists.

Judah Stampley sees five different specialists including a pediatric gastroenterologist, an endocrinologist, a psychiatrist and a pediatrician. His mom has talked to the latter two about looking into medical marijuana as an alternative to some of his current medication.

“They told me they didn’t know enough about it to be able to recommend it,” she said.

But Stampley urgently needs to find something that can help Judah: He exhibits some of the more extreme behavioral patterns that can come with autism disorder, such as extreme agression and self-harming behavior.

His mom described the teenager as “Andre the Giant” while testifying in favor of the law. Jonah is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, and because of his history of violent outbursts he is considered too dangerous and unpredictable to go back to school this fall.

Stampley’s other son, 13-year-old Jonah, also has autism disorder but is not as severe as his brother.

Another mother, Chloe Doublet, also has a son who is severely autistic. Joseph, 5, is non-verbal, she said, and he self-injures, repeatedly slapping his own face.

Because Joseph cannot communicate how he is feeling, Doublet said she constantly watches him for behavioral changes.

She has noticed he will sometimes appear to stare out into space, a symptom of a condition called absence seizures. On Thursday (July 12), Joseph was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the cause. If he is diagnosed with seizures, Doublet said it will at least open an alternate route to access medical marijuana for her son. Seizure disorders are another qualifying medical condition for medical marijuana but do not carry the same restrictions as autism for pediatric patients.

“I’ve tried every option–why not this?” she said. “But what I’m seeing is that doctors are still too nervous to help with this.”

Doublet said she has discussed with Joseph’s geneticist the possibility of using medical marijuana to treat some of her son’s extreme behavior. The doctor is not against the idea, she said, but his employer does not allow him to sign up to recommend medical marijuana.

She tried reaching out to Dr. Victor Chou in Baton Rouge, one of the 15 doctors approved to recommend medical marijuana. He is not taking pediatric patients, she said.

Chou confirmed this, saying that working with pediatric patients brings legal complications he is not ready to tackle.

“An adult patient can speak for themselves, a pediatric patient cannot,” he said. “The language of the law right now is too broad and there are legal risks that come with working with a pediatric population that I have to consider.”

Maria Clark writes about immigration, health, doctors, patients and health care in Louisiana for NOLA.com | The Times Picayune and NOLA Mundo. Reach her at mclark@nola.com or 504.258.5306. Or follow her on Twitter at @MariaPClark1 .

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Michigan Says Autism And Arthritis Now Treatable By Medical Marijuana