Jacqueline Laurita is one of the reality television stars on Bravo’s hit show, Real Housewives of New Jersey. She has an autistic child and you see her daily struggles with that throughout the show. Jacqueline’s son, Nicholas, is often misunderstood by others because he doesn’t communicate in ways that are easy to understand. But what about when she needs to go out? What happens then?
She has to be with her son at all times, 24/7. She never gets a break from this responsibility and that can cause even more problems for the Laurita family because she lives in an area where autism is not understood very well at all. There are times when they struggle financially. This makes it difficult for her to find good caretakers who understand Nicholas and how to deal with autistic children, which can be very expensive.
The Real Housewives show is really a dramatic show meant for entertainment. However, for those who watch the show and enjoy it as entertainment can also learn a lot. The Laurita family shows that there is hope even when things look like they are at their worst. And when problems arise but are solved as a family, the whole family grows stronger together.
Lots of families around the world struggle with the lack of understanding about autism out there. Autistic kids have issues with their social skills, and there are ways to interact with them that are better for everyone. When communicated with properly, they can be very charming, witty, and outright hilarious!
What are the top things we learned from watching the Laurita Family on Bravo?
We learned patience, hope, perseverance, persistence, and unconditional love .
We also learned that sometimes there is nothing at all wrong with a child even when everyone thinks they see something. A lot of times, we do not understand Autism and it can be hard to accept the limitations some kids face after diagnosis.
We have seen Nicholas’s parents and other autism parents get frustrated and give up trying so hard or stop putting in effort because people did not think their children deserved help. Parents like Jacqueline show us what unconditional love truly looks like! She will go above and beyond for her son no matter how challenging his condition might be on the rest of the family dynamic. That’s amazing!
Dads Dealing with Autism
His father also shows incredible patience which many autistic children need from their caregivers especially during tantrums or difficult times. The stereotype for men is that they don’t handle children like this well. Men can be very stern, stubborn, arrogant, and prideful.
They often have issues with sexuality, femininity, and timidity. Also, they don’t like their boys to show emotion.
But, a lot of times that’s just what they need to be more patient and loving with their children!
This is Jacqueline’ reality. She wants her son to have an easier life than she has had as a mom so far. In the meantime, he needs all the love from his family as possible because sometimes it is our strength in these situations.
Not many other people understand this unconditional care we give others or require for ourselves especially if you’re autistic yourself. It takes courage and sheer willpower but parents can do anything together like always staying united no matter how difficult things get. If anyone knows about true love and dedication towards one another, it’s them. And we should remain thankful everyday for such amazing examples of dealing with the curveballs that life may throw at us.
As children and especially teenagers or even young adults, we feel invisible and don’t think that bad things will happen to us. This is an incorrect way our brains work, but it’s necessary for survival.
You have to realize that this can happen to you too and you can prepare for it, and it’s helpful to know even if you don’t have an autistic child, because you can deal better with anyone who is autistic, which is a good percentage of people. Enough that it’s worth learning for everyone.
Hopefully, you got some insight on this issue that many parents deal with alone. Now you can be there for them and help in any way possible.
I am a fan of yours and have been watching the real wives of New Jersey on my off time. I was just watching season 5 where you give a speech on autism and I was moved to tears.
I’m writing because for the last year I have been seeing a holistic doctor in Orange County and he works wonders for so many ailments including autism. He has told me that the younger a child is the better they respond to treatment. So since your child is still young I thought you might be open to give this doctor a try. Here is his info:
Dr. Tom Skrenes
1254 Irvine Blvd
Tustin CA 92780
I wish you and your family the best of everything!
Glad to see you are doing great things and still beautiful.. please reach out to me.. I’ve looked for you since 1992..
ABA therapy (aka compliance training) has been rejected by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Follow autistic adults and listen to what they have to say about it from lived experience. The episode of RHWNJ in which Nicolas was being compliance trained to say he was happy when he was upset was a prime example of what is wrong with ABA. It gives Autistic children PTSD. It is conversion therapy. Conversion therapy has been banned in many states for the LGBTQ+ community. The Autistic community deserves the same. Please don’t delete this comment. Please allow for courageous conversations to be had on this topic. Will you at least save the link before you delete my comment this time? I am not trying to be mean or make anyone feel bad, I am being an ally to my son and the rest of the Autistic community. ABA causes PTSD. The long term damage is often unknown until later in life. This is very important to understand.