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Toni Braxton Discusses Her Son's Autism Diagnosis

April 14, 2015


Toni Braxton, 7-time Grammy winner and star of the reality series "Braxton Family Values," stopped by HLN to discuss her new music and her involvement with Autism Speaks during April, autism awareness month.

Braxton's son, Diezel, is 12 years old and has autism. Toni credits an early diagnosis and the tools provided by Autism Speaks, like the 100 Day Tool Kit, for helping him develop.

"I remember the signs: like no eye contact, very little communication, just little things and I said 'hmm.'"

After finding an ABA therapist who got him on the right track, she also found Autism Speaks.

"Autism Speaks is the first organization that reached out to me and said, 'Look. These are the tools that you need to get your baby on the right track.'"

In her memoir, Toni wrote about feeling responsible for her son's diagnosis, but she feels differently now.

"As a parent you always feel, was there something I could have done differently. But what I've come to understand through my friends at Autism Speaks, is there is nothing wrong with our babies, and it's nothing you've done or you could have done differently, it's just what the situation is."