…in a special needs class because I wanted him to model after typical kids and now he’s a typical kid. He has a girlfriend and he is now speaking; you can’t shut him up. He says, ‘I used to be autistic and don’t be telling my girlfriend I used to be autistic either.’ So I’m blessed because we were able to catch it early.”
Duane says, “I didn’t see as this big burden on our relationship. I just saw it as another opponent. What do you have to do and who, what, when, why and how much. Then you figure it out, make a move and give it your best shot.”
“He was my cushion, when I was about to fall hard. I’m just so blessed to have him in my life.
Tisha told Essence that detecting autism early in a child is important and can mean the difference between him or her thriving in society or simply passing along. “We’re definitely not discussing it enough in our communities and there are many reasons why we don’t get diagnosed or we get misdiagnosed,” said Campbell-Martin to the media source. “The thing about autism is that you have to catch it early because then you can exercise the brain enough to try to get the child to their greatest potentiality. But without early intervention, they get stuck in their ways. Of course it’s a spectrum disorder so that’s added into the mix. Everybody gets a different amount and it looks different with every child because every human being is different. Early intervention is key. I can attest to for my child and myself.”
The couple now can be seen on Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET and still run their fine dining restaurant in L.A. named after their first born, also called Xen.