It’s all about them gains, folks. Jenni “JWoww” Farley has been making sure her son, Greyson Mathews, has been making progress since his “nonverbal” autism diagnosis back in November 2018. The dedicated mama, 33, shared an update on her 2-year-old’s powerful progress while discussing her partnership with KultureCity.
“He’s doing amazing,” the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star told Us Weekly. “He has the best therapists. He’s in four or five different therapies, but he is just kicking ass. Every day gets better. Every day he’s learning something new.”
Jenni even called her son a “little Einstein” because of how much progress he’s been making. “It went from, he didn’t know one word or understand a word in September to now, it’s March and he’s combining two, three-word sentences,” she revealed. “[He does] sign language. He knows his colors, his numbers.”
Obviously, these kinds of wins don’t come with a few struggles along the way — especially as a parent navigating the world of a disorder you previously knew nothing about.
“I got a crash course in what sensory disorders are like,” Jenni said, opening up about how Greyson struggled during a trip to Orlando to meet with his doctors. “He wanted to get on the plane. He didn’t understand the word ‘no,’ understand why everyone was waiting around the gate. … He felt truly overwhelmed. … He was biting, kicking, screaming, throwing himself.”
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Merry Christmas Eve! I'm so excited to share this video of the progress @GreysonMathews has made since visiting his doctor back in September. 💙 I'm so proud of him and thankful for everyone's love and support throughout this journey. Check out the video on my YouTube channel #linkinbio
Jenni’s friend Traci Barber, a KultureCity board member, then reached out and made “sensory bag” for her, which included noise-controlling headphones, weighted blankets and other useful things for her son’s symptoms. KultureCity is an organization that strives to make the world a better place for children with sensory needs, and they even installed a sensory room for Greyson in Jenni’s home.
The experience has made the reality TV star want to pass her wisdom along to other parents traveling with children with autism or other sensory disorders. “It’s really just educating people on the signs and how to handle it. But until then, it’s educating yourself,” she explained. “Overprepare because I find being overprepared is a lot better than being underprepared.”