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It's it is autism awareness month and for former NFL player Rodney -- and his wife actress holly Robinson.
The subject definitely hits home.
That little around his second birthday their son RJ was diagnosed with the developmental disorder and now.
The couple is using their platform to educate others about the actual content -- analyst.
The -- have written two new books on the journey with autism.
Not my boy.
And my brother Charlie and they join us live today we're both -- this morning.
I hate to take you back to that time around RJ second birthday.
He had been a completely normal little boy and then what happened.
-- knowledge milestones and he has twin sister so we are watching and gauging his milestones alongside her.
And just there was sort of needle scratch on the record moment where he stopped making eye contact with us -- -- connecting with us and you remember what the doctor told.
He the city would never -- I love you.
Said he would never mainstream and regular school.
Would never play team sports it was so many members a laundry -- It made me angry it made her role for sleeves and say I'm gonna get my son's -- and in fact the name of your book is not my son here because.
You -- to what.
-- well you know as a father you know you have all these expectations that what you want for your son.
And when you get that diagnosis -- it kind of changes all of that and that was stuck in a world of denial for a minute.
And after a little longer than a minute bailout program a while for longer.
But I came around it understood that my expectations -- important as what he wanted to do and how.
How he was gonna development I had to go into its pattern and with his agenda as opposed to -- Were you wanted to mainstream and he wanted to him even want him off that -- -- warehouse she wanted.
Him around kids -- thank you guys went and talked -- 34 graders and that was bulletin that was scary you know fourth graders they -- from his class.
And we sat that we had a conversation you said what do you guys do well when -- not so good at some that -- hand greatest soccer but I'm terrible match.
We civil aren't -- -- -- -- the name of every Major League Baseball player on every single team in the league.
But he's terrible making friends and what we found is that when you just connect what children may automatically did the haze leaves and they get a little less scary and it's very likely the -- in the in the savings and Iraq's.
It all word -- it and it's working out.
One thing that you talk about a little bit it I know this from having worked with an autism organization here -- here to here.
Is that with.
Parents who have a child who have onto some to divert the divorce rate is is further -- -- -- -- -- It is it's it's hard because you going to blame mode and then you were on the different pages -- bad news -- about the time.
And I you know there was a lot of the -- he said.
But I'm really happy and I take opportunities like this on TV is saying thank you to my husband because -- -- in there when he.
Some you -- don't -- to do that.
Sometimes we don't.
It's -- it's such an important topic and it's great that you're sharing your story and you're busy you're gonna be on the apprentice can.
What that -- -- -- haven't gotten five yet thank.
But fighting for ought to -- -- apprentice and that's reason why it came time that's fantastic will once again they get two books one is called not my boy and the other is my brother Charlie.
Check amount thank you so much for happiest thank you everything -- -- you very much if --
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