Christine McGuinness shares her experience of parenting children with autism in lockdown

Christine McGuinness joined the Loose Women to share her experience of parenting children with autism in lockdown.

"All parents are struggling right now. Whether you’ve got children or not, this is a really difficult time, but certainly for children or adults with autism, this is really affecting them," she explained.

"They struggle with change and I think we’re all getting a little taste of their experience when things change in their normal lives. This is huge, this is massive, it’s probably the biggest change any of us will experience, but for somebody on the spectrum, it’s going to be really difficult and it is affecting all three of my children."

Christine told the women that she and her husband, Paddy McGuinness, have felt as though some of the progress they had made with twins Leo and Penelope and their youngest child, Felicity, has been hampered by the pandemic.

"My eldest daughter, Penelope, suffers from anxiety as well and she hasn’t asked about it. I’m shielding her more because of her anxiety. If she knew what was going on, she wouldn’t sleep at night," she explained.

"It’s heartbreaking to see what it’s doing to them, but as a mum, a parent, a carer all I can do is be there for them, love them, support them as any mum would,” she said.

Christine also explained how lockdown had afforded them a unique opportunity to spend more time together as a family, as Paddy's busy work schedule would usually mean spending a lot of time apart.

"It's been really strange because I thought we’d have hated this," she said. "If you’d have told me a few months ago, I’d have said ‘Absolutely not, you cannot put me in lockdown with him! I would have thought we would have hated it, but we are getting on so well. I think it’s because this is the first time we are doing everything 50/50."

"But don’t get me wrong, I want him to go back to work!” 

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