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 fromÂ their experience raisingÂ 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, visitÂ BirchFamilyServices.org, a non-profit that we are personally involved with and support.