Paddy McGuinness has revealed that he plans to launch a new TV show about his life as the father of autistic children.
The Take Me Out host admitted to John Bishop that his life was changed forever following the birth of his three children, all of whom have the condition.
Speaking to John Bishop on his In Conversation series, Paddy revealed: ‘I’m just working on it at the minute, I’m going to be doing a programme about it, because I feel that strongly about it.’
‘There’s this scale and it’s like “where are you on the autistic spectrum?” – they’re saying that’s gone now and there isn’t a scale. But I believe there still is, because you can walk into a room with a child with autism and it can be very, very extreme, you can spot it straight away.
‘That child might be doing something like rocking backwards and forwards, being non-verbal. Like sensory, touching things with their tongues – you can instantly see it.’
‘Then you can go into another room, with another child with autism, and they’ll be sat playing with a toy, and you wouldn’t think anything of it,’ he added. ‘Then all of a sudden they can burst into tears and have a real meltdown because the toy isn’t doing what it thinks it should do.’
‘It’s a really, really tricky one to deal with, autism’
Paddy’s twin son and daughter Leo and Penelope, 5, were diagnosed with autism, and wife Christine has previously admitted fears that their daughter Felicity, 2, may also be autistic.
Since the revelation last year, Christine has become a spokesperson for those dealing with autism, and has openly discussed the struggles they face as a family as a result.
This includes the children’s struggle to socialise, to being unable to put up Christmas decorations due to their sensory requirements.
‘We had absolutely no idea they had autism even though the signs were there,’ she said on Loose Women in July last year.
‘They were non-verbal until they were three, they both walked on their tip toes, they didn’t socialise very well, they still do struggle with socialising with other children.
‘That’s probably one of the most heart-breaking parts of it because that’s just something you expect your children to do, go and make lots of friends. It is quite common for children and adults with autism to struggle with socialising.’
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.
Source: The Metro