The reality star is opening up about her son’s diagnosis and how it’s changed the way she parents
Earlier this year during an episode of Jersey Shore Family Vacation, cast member Jenni ‘J-Woww’ Farley revealed her two-year-old son, Greyson, was in therapy for delayed speech. Now, in an emotional Instagram post, she’s opening up about his recent autism diagnosis.
“This is a new realm for us. One filled with tons of information and different theory’s of treatments,” she captions the post, which shows a brand new “sensory room” in her home for her son, Greyson.
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Cannot thank my girlfriend @traciljohnson enough for her time and connections within the autism community for putting us in contact with @kulturecity who set @greysonmathews up with his very own sensory room. We had the honor of hanging out with one of the most generous souls I’ve ever met @justinm_503 who flew here on his own time to build Greysons room. you will never meet a kinder soul willing to help those in need. This is a new realm for us. One filled with tons of information and different theory’s of treatments. So grateful Grey chose me to be his mommy and @rogermathewsnj to be his daddy 💙 We wont let him down. Mommy will work extra hard with my @naturallywoww family to ensure the best ingredients are used for his skin, and connect with organizations like @kulturecity who help autistic individuals be accepted, included and fulfill their potential.
“So grateful Grey chose me to be his mommy and @rogermathewsnj to be his daddy,” she says. “We won’t let him down.”
Farley also revealed the news of the diagnosis in a recent interview with Hollywood Life. “Greyson, he was recently diagnosed with autism,” she says. “He’s made leaps and bounds when it comes to speech.” She says he’s beginning to connect the dots between words and their meanings.
“Not that he couldn’t speak, but he would never know what his shoe is or if you said, ‘Greyson,’ he actually didn’t even know his name at one point until he was a little over two,” she explains. “So now that he’s understanding simple words, he’s come so far.”
In August, when first revealing her son’s speech delay, thousands of people reached out to the reality star with words of support and encouragement — which validated her reason for going public with her family’s story in the first place.
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To everyone that tuned into @jerseyshore last night and messaged, commented etc about @greysonmathews with similar stories or just showing love I cant thank you enough. As a mother, I will go to the moon and back for my kids… no question. I live my life differently because of them. To find out Greyson is “behind” or “delayed” crushed me… but only for a moment… that moment came from wanting to have “perfect children” and “how could this happen to me?”… but Grey is PERFECT and it CAN happen to anyone.. I saw that last night when the messages came in by the hundreds. I decided to share that side of my family on Jersey Shore because I want to help anyone going through what I’m going through… I’m sure people need support the way I’ve needed it. Greyson is still in therapy 3x a week… he’s doing a lot better. We also changed his diet and removed unnecessary preservatives. I’ve had almost every test done you can think of because I’ll never accept that this is best case for Grey… I’ll always think outside the box and do anything that will try and help him achieve nothing short of greatness… I don’t sleep much lol. He’s my world and I want to give him the best life… because he deserves it 💙💙 and to my son @greysonmathews.. if you ever see this in the future… you’re mommy might be a bit crazy, loud and dramatic but when it comes to you and your sister… I will fight for you two until my last breath… and continue to fight for you after death… your mommy will hold your hand and stand by your side for eternity 💙💖
“As a mother, I will go to the moon and back for my kids…no question,” she wrote. “I live my life differently because of them. To find out Greyson is ‘behind’ or ‘delayed’ crushed me…but only for a moment.”
As of this week, it is reported that about one in 40 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism, with a total of an estimated 1.5 million kids nationwide. The survey also showed that boys were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Farley is also mom to four-year-old Meilani, and tells Hollywood life it was difficult watching her children operate on “two different wavelengths,” developmentally-speaking. She also admits it’s been difficult to not compare Greyson with other children.
“It was really heartbreaking and frustrating as a mom when you see other two-year-olds that are speaking and living their best life,” she says. “Greyson is living his best life.”