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Jenny's New Book Explores Her Experience With Autism

Jenny's New Book Explores Her Experience With Autism

Jenny McCarthy was on The View this morning talking some serious and not so serious topics. First she dished on American Idol (she's a Blake fan - her boyfriend Jim is a Jordin fan) and then she opened up about her son's Autism. Jenny has already written two bestselling books about pregnancy and motherhood and she revealed today that she is working on a new book about autism in children. Her 5-year-old son Evan has been diagnosed with the condition, and Jenny wants to reach out to other moms by sharing her own journey. Here's more:

"I just want moms ... who have children out there with autism ... to know that I am coming back in a few months with this book, and I am planning on using my big, giant, controversial mouth to blow the lid off a lot of things related to autism to give moms hope," she said. "It is so needed."

The book, called Louder Than Words, is set to come out in September. It's great that Jenny is willing to share her life to help others. She always has a fresh and honest take on pretty much everything she does!


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i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
i meant a :)
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Dixie - doesn't that make them second cousins once removed? They say that anything over 3rd cousins doesn't affect genetics... Just curious here :o)
Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 10 years
I think in my brother's case, it was hereditary. His parents are biological fifth cousins, and didn't know it until we began researching the family history. My mom's grandfather died and I clipped the obit that listed his parents names and place of birth etc. About 2 weeks later his paternal grandmother's brother died (my stepdad's uncle) and I clipped that, noticing that his mother had the same surname, nearly identical name, and came from the same little town as my great-great grandmother. I went to the library and records dept and found out that they were not the same woman, however, they were twin sisters. Born on the same day to the same parents. One named Juliana, one named Julina (long i). My stepgrandmother told me how to pronounce her mothers name and my grandpa knew the name of his granmother. But no one had realised they were related and warned my Mom before she married her cousin. They are fifth cousins (her great-grandmother and his grandmother being twins) and carried the same defective gene. I am safe from the gene, possibility of having inherited it from my mom, but as long as I don't have children with anyone from this area, the further away the better, I am pretty safe. My daughters father is from the Ukraine and I have no Ukrainian heritage, so I think that is pretty safe.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
yeah i always laugh when i hear what the "experts" are saying about autism, and referred to as such. since we don't know what causes it, every child is different and it's a spectrum disorder what exactly are they experts on, their own opinion? wow, guess i'm an expert too! the functional levels of children are really a sore spot for families, and school districts use that as a weapon against them. no one wants to say their child is low functioning/severely affected and the districts know that and use it to get out of providing services and programs for these kids. honestly, how high functioning is a person who cannot express even the most basic things (hunger, thirst, injury, sickness) or take care of things like toileting, or walk in a parking lot with out being held onto by an adult with both hands? their barely functioning at all and yet the parents say "oh my child is high functioning, mildly affected. the school district says he's ready to be in a regular classroom!" uh-huh, and we all know the school district has our best interest at heart, right? i had to take the school district to court to keep my child out of a typical classroom and the judge laughed at the school district and told them they should be ashamed of themselves for their actions. foloowing spring where were we? back in court again for the same freaking thing. the result was the same but gd, it wears you out to fight the school district, the insurance companies along with everything else that goes with autism. (stepping off soapbox)
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
oooh your so bad momo! j/k-ummm the great autism debate is almost as fun to have the as adhd debate. i have a huge mistrust of medicine because the majority of it is being run as a business with very little human interest involved. the "research" on autism is just a bunch of theories and ideas that are being tossed around, there isnt any solid evidence that birth control, vaccines, toxins or anything else has caused this. doctors and researchers are baffled by the recent upsurge of autism diagnosises. that being said, autisim exists but look at the wide range of symptoms that are associated with it. look at the so called levels severe moderate and slight autism. what!? slight autism, is that the same as moderate or slight bipolar disorder or depression. we live in a quick fix society, we need answers to questions right away. blame the milk, blame the woman who didnt want to get pregnant at 15, blame the need to not have smallpox run rampant in modern day society. to be honest we may never know what causes autism or how to prevent it, but i guarantee until we start running our health care system with a more human approach and stop entrusting our health to the almighty hmo, than we may never get the real answers to one of medicines biggest mysteries wouldnt it be good if we could hop a flight to anywhere,so long to this life, so much fun pretending, cause bad luck's never endin
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
:( my last comment was not accepted!? It wasn't bad!
mar mar 10 years
I actuallt think it is educating to sit here and read all these comments ans some of your experiences with it. I do think all the preservatives and bad things in our water and food have contribute to something, I actually have a hard time with researchers having no clue where it stems from.
mar mar 10 years
I have been researching it a lot since I am pregnant, and it is 4 more times likely for a boy then a girl to be autistic. Doctors have no idea where it comes from, but you can see the signs as early as 6 months, monitoring your childs ability to learn and reaction to the environment they are in. All children develop skills at different paces, but sometimes the signs are very clear.It shocks me that there is hardly ant research on autism for as many children are diagnosed. The degrees of autism can range greatly too.
cari907 cari907 10 years
wow u cant even tell i luv her
sofi sofi 10 years
dixie-you are right; all the hormones and crap that have becoming unavoidable are ruining any type of balance our bodies want. There was an article yesterday about autism NOT being attributed to mercury (like in immunization). A lot of parents worry about that, but there is so much more to worry about.
Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 10 years
I just wanted to clarify that my brother is an adult now, a very large one, and that it is his meltdowns that were the cause of alot of problems. There are many different levels of autism. Some people can grow up to be functioning citizens, hold jobs, etc. Our experience was not to that level. As for causes, most research points to the rise contributed to pollutants and chemicals in our food and water. Preservatives. Just as the hormones in the water are causing fish to develop both sex organs. There are two main sources. Birth control pills. Women's bodies only absorb a small percent of the estrogen. The rest comes out in the urine. Which goes into the sewer systom. Which isn't filtered out when the water is recycled. It is causing children to grow up faster. Second is animal productivity. They give the animals we eat hormones to make them grow up faster, so it increases production and profit. We eat this hormone-drenched food and it effects the fetuses. My 10 year daughter is physically the equivalent of myself at 12 or 13. And that is only in a sixteen year difference. Think about it. Scary, huh? Research on the web. Men are becoming more effeminate. Eventually there will be no fertile males. All due to pregnancy prevention and animal farming methods.
sofi sofi 10 years
Jennifer76- I am curious just as you are- what kind of a stand is she talking about Like I said earlier,hope Scientology isn't involved considering her relationship with Tom Cruise. This is an important issue and kudos to her for getting this out there, just don't want to hear this being 'alternative therapy'. I'd like to read this and see if she has any professionals/md's who she's talked extensively with or worked with. Regardless, I like her now and very nice to see she is trying to raise awareness on an issue many are clueless about but may be affected by in some way. Kudos~
sowhat sowhat 10 years
My granddaughter was diagnosed with Autism when she was two..First we thought she had a hearing problem because she wouldn't respond to anyone. And she would sit and play by herself, and do this hair flipping thing? And she didn't do well in a group setting, she was better when things were quiet...When she did something wrong, and her parents, (my son and his wife) tried to correct her, she would have screaming was bad for a while. Shes five now, and she goes to a special school for Autistic kids..and it has done wonders for her. Shes doing great, she still does the hair flipping thing when shes anxious, but we can have a conversation with her, she plays with the other kids, and finally last year she calls me grandma, and not Aunt Pam, she used to get me and my daughter mixed up..Shes a beautiful little girl. I will buy this book, I read everything I can get my hands on, just so I understand.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Good for her!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
It's great to see how much she has calmed down from her younger/wilder ways.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I don't know a lot about autism, but if she's making it something people talk about (Finally) I can only give her the respect she deserves for that. People have failed to properly discuss these types of things for far too long!
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
LOVE her and Jim together too! ****************************************** Is butter a carb?
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
I don't know much about this, and I love to read, so I think I will read this book. ****************************************** Is butter a carb?
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
I've read parts of her books and they're pretty funny. It's nice that she's trying to reach out to parents. I'm not too familiar with autism but I have heard a few things about it.
krisua krisua 10 years
Wow, my respect to her for that!
wicca_08 wicca_08 10 years
Good job, Jenn. Make sure it's a continuous effort.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years unfortunately vaccinations that we are required to give our kids can sometimes have a 'bad batch' and all the people have to say to moms with children who contracted it from the vaccination (after much MUCH proving that 'that' is where it came from...) is "well, we're sorry, there was an infected batch especially during '94-'96, but it has helped more children than it has affected" that was said from some stupid a** nurse in Middleburg Florida~
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
She's pretty awesome, I can't wait to read that book!!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting this PopS*
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
I think it rocks that she wants to make a difference.
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