Autism Speaks to Toni Braxton

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When a child is diagnosed with autism, the parents often times blame themselves, which is what Toni Braxton says she did when her five-year old son Diezel was diagnosed with the neurobiological disorder that affects close to 1 to 1.5 million Americans to date. Toni admits in the October 27th issue of People magazine that she blamed herself, asking, “Is there something I did wrong?”

Toni and her husband Keri Lewis have two sons, and drawing from their experience raising six-year old Denim Cole, Toni says she knew that Diezel wasn’t developing normally. When he failed to say basic words like “cup” or “juice” and refused eye contact, Toni and Keri sought the help of an Applied Behavioral Specialist.

Toni Braxton is a spokeswoman for Autism Speaks. For our NY readers who have been affected by Autism or would like more information on symptoms and treatment for Autism, visit BirchFamilyServices.org, a non-profit that we are personally involved with and support.

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  • elle.denise November 6, 2008, 8:49 am

    Great stuff! Be sure to check out my BLOG on the November 15th ‘Frostbite’ Fall Fashion Showcase in Ft. Washington, MD. The event is being held to benefit Autism Speaks, as well as showcase the talents of a few local fashion designers, models & makeup artists. Its gonna be great!

  • Arlice Nichole November 22, 2008, 12:32 am

    Man! My son was diagnosed with ADHD, and I too ask myself every single day, what did I do?