Denise Richards has received a lot of support since opening up about parenting her 7-year-old daughter with special needs.
“I was so touched at how supportive and really wonderful everyone has been, sharing their stories and bringing it out in the open” Richards told Entertainment Tonight in an interview. “It was really pretty incredible.”
Richards said she decided to share her daughter’s story because it came up on the show and “so obviously, I had to talk about it.”
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star opened up last week about her daughter’s special needs saying that navigating the best care for her is “challenging.”
Richards said her daughter Eloise has a chromosomal disorder and only says “a handful of words.”
Richards said she noticed Eloise wasn’t reaching developmental milestones.
“She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy,”Richards, 47, told People.
‘I’m learning every day’
Richards said Eloise was diagnosed more than two years ago with a deletion on chromosome 8, which “has caused a lot of developmental delays.”
“There are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she’s emotionally 3 years old. It’s been challenging. I’m learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case.”
Richards adopted Eloise, who is named after her deceased mother, in a domestic adoption while she was single in June 2011. She married Aaron Phypers in September 2018.
Richards has two daughters Sam, 14, and Lola, 13, with ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.
Richards added she’s determined to do what’s necessary to take care of her children, whatever their needs.
“Every child is different. You take care of your children no matter what is going on with them. I don’t know if (Eloise) is ever going to talk like a typical child. But as a parent, you want what’s best for your children, and you just do it,” she said.
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