Paddy McGuinness shares his ‘heartache’ over his autistic children being snubbed

Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine McGuinness have three young children who have been diagnosed with autism

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Paddy McGuinness has revealed his “heartache” after seeing his autistic children being snubbed by their peers.

The presenter, 48, and his wife Christine McGuinness, 33, have three children, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism, leading the couple to raise awareness.

The couple, who have been married since 2011, are parents to eldest child Felicity McGuinness, six, and twins Leo McGuinness and Penelope McGuinness, eight.

Speaking to his children, Paddy – whose wife revealed she was herself diagnosed with autism last year – opened up about a particularly “disturbing” experience.

Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine McGuinness have been raising awareness of autism in recent years



He explained: “As a parent, it’s upsetting when your child walks up to another child in such a loving way and imagines what’s the most normal and beautiful thing you could ever do.

“But most kids will see it like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ They don’t get it. As a parent, it’s heartbreaking.”

The Question of Sport host spoke about such circumstances on his Table Talk podcast. He revealed in a recent episode that he’d experienced it “a million times.”

However, the presenter suggested that he doesn’t want his kids to act any differently, commenting, “I’m glad my kids still do.” He added that he’s glad they’re being “polite.”

The couple’s three young children have autism



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Paddy and Christine have been raising awareness of autism in recent years, including through their documentary Our Family and Autism, which aired on the BBC a few months ago.

The couple met other parents, experts and people on the autism spectrum, with the program shedding light on the condition. It received a lot of praise from viewers.

Following the release of the documentary, Paddy and Christine launched their podcast, Table Talk. You have spoken about your life with autistic children in the last few episodes.

Christine announced last year that she herself was diagnosed with autism



This included discussing the difficulty of getting her children to eat breakfast before their diagnosis. Paddy said in one episode, “I couldn’t get the kids to eat anything.”

He admitted he was worried about what their teachers would think if they found out the kids weren’t eating breakfast, fearing he would be seen as a “bad parent”.

Paddy revealed that the couple has to cut the food in a certain way or the kids wouldn’t be able to eat it, as their kids love to eat chicken nuggets and fries, among other things.

It has been reported that Christine said they still need to be aware of the sensory aspects of eating and autism as the couple has to separate food for their children, for example.

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