Paddy and Christine McGuinness have opened up about their belief their youngest child has autism like her older siblings.
The 45-year-old Take Me Out star and his 31-year-old wife have three children together – five-year-old twins Leo and Penelope, and a two year old daughter named Felicity.
Leo and Penelope were diagnosed with Autism when they were three-years-old, and Paddy and Christine believe they are seeing similar signs in their youngest child.
The loving parents have given insight into their own diagnosis, as well as offered advice to other parents of autistic children, in the latest edition of OK! magazine.
“She blows us away with how smart she is, but we fully believe she’s on the spectrum,” Christine said of their young daughter, Felicity.
“She’s often on her tiptoes, she’s fussy with her food and things have to be pretty precise with her routine. She lines things up in order and tenses her body when she’s excited,” she continued.
“She’s too young to have the test but I don’t think it’ll make much difference because, unlike the twins, her speech is amazing. Perhaps as she’s the youngest she wants to be seen and heard,” she added.
The couple said other families that include autistic children should work to support each other.
“Supporting each other is key, we’d be lost without each other. We’re lucky because although I’m busy at work, we’re still a very close family unit,” Paddy said.
While Christine added: “Accepting help is one of the best things I ever did to help me through. It just gives you a little glimmer of freedom.”
Read the full interview with Paddy and Christine in the latest issue of OK! magazine – on sale now.
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