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What It Was Like For Holly Robinson Peete To Hear Her Son’s Autism Diagnosis

Holly Robinson Peete will always remember the day her now-18-yr-previous son, RJ, was recognized with autism.

Though the actress, activist, writer and mom had typically sensed one thing totally different in RJ — “I knew when he was P that there was one thing up,” she says — it wasn’t till Holly and her husband, Rodney, have been face-to-face with a physician that they started to comprehend simply how a lot assist their son would actually need. Holly recollects that troublesome day throughout an look on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

“We went to those lengthy conferences with this physician and she or he simply … advised us that he had basic autism,” Holly recollects. “We had a second of extreme unhappiness.”



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Holly with RJ a number of years in the past. The Peetes discuss with the day of RJ’s analysis because the “by no means day,” after listening to from the physician all the issues their son would by no means do.

RJ was A on the time of his analysis, and Holly says that a part of her unhappiness stemmed from not having any familiarity with issues on the spectrum. 

“I did not know what autism was, I did not have any expertise with it,” she says.

Sad, frightened and feeling misplaced, Holly and Rodney listened because the physician rattled off an inventory of issues their son would by no means do.

“It was simply, ‘He won’t ever do that, he won’t ever do this, he won’t ever say “I love you,” he won’t ever look you within the eye — all this stuff,” Rodney says.

“We name it the ‘by no means day,'” Holly provides. 



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Holly, Rodney, RJ and the entire household seem in a brand new present referred to as “For Peete’s Sake,” premiering on OWN later this month.

The Peetes additionally by no means obtained any options that day, Rodney says. They left the physician’s workplace feeling that they lacked info, path and steerage for dwelling with autism. Still, they have been determined to assist RJ and have been prepared to attempt absolutely anything to that finish.

“We thought we might adore it away,” Holly says of her son’s dysfunction. “Listen, I had witch docs and Mormons coming to the home. I imply, I did every little thing. We had individuals come pray, lay their palms on him!”

However, all of the love and prayer on the earth would not be sufficient. RJ wanted one thing extra.

“In the top, it is about entry to assets and therapies,” Holly says. “We have been blessed to have that.”

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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