And spouse Christine McGuinness – with whom the Take Me Out presenter additionally shares child Felicity – revealed their Christmas preparations could be minimal, as decorations are too unsettling for his or her little ones.
Taking to Instagram, the mum of three shared a boomerang video of their stockings hanging above a hearth, along with her 32.8k followers.
“Daddy, Mummy, Leo, Penelope, Felicity,” she captioned the clip. “I feel that is sufficient for our Christmas decorations, I’m nervous about placing a tree up, I don’t assume I’m going too.
“Final 12 months was probably the most upsetting Christmas we’ve had, we had simply been advised our twins had autism and we felt very out of our depth. Christmas massively impacts the twins behaviour. They had been extraordinarily anxious and unsettled.
“The Christmas lights, timber, decorations and music.. it was all an excessive amount of. It was very over stimulating and with a lot change in all places it was fairly horrifying for our kids who had been just about non verbal, that they had no understanding of what was happening.”
She continued: “They each simply walked handed their presents on Christmas Day. I used to be devastated that they didn’t rise up and run down the steps actually excited ‘like different youngsters’.
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“I knew nothing about autism then. Now I’m fuelled with data on their situation and I’m actually wanting ahead to getting ready them prematurely to assist them perceive the magic of Christmas!
“I’m feeling assured we may have a cheerful Christmas this 12 months.. With lots much less decorations!
“Much less is extra for our kids, they wouldn’t care in the event that they received 1 current or 10 and that may be a high quality you possibly can’t purchase #LessIsMore #autism #AutismAwareness #Christmas.”
And Christine’s followers rushed to reward her phrases.
“Beautiful chick, pleased with you talking up in regards to the twins, much less is at all times greatest good luck, hope all is nicely xxx,” one replied.
“These stockings are beautiful.. on the finish of the day it is solely a tree,” one other stated. “All that issues is you will have one another and you’ll take pleasure in it collectively xx merry Christmas x.”
A 3rd wrote: “Your endurance, love and understanding of Leo and Penelope’s wants and emotions are the most effective items any guardian might give their kids.
“They’re so fortunate to have you ever as their Mum, and elevating consciousness of autism have to be serving to many different households. Wishing you all a really Merry Christmas. x.”
Whereas a fourth added: “Precisely proper… you study to work across the hurdles and what works for you and your loved ones.”