DANIELLE LLoyd has shared a heartwarming picture of herself cradling newborn baby Ronnie shortly after giving birth.
The model, 33, welcomed her fourth child, and first with fiancé Michael O’Neill, three weeks ago and has given fans a glimpse into her time on the maternity ward.
Sitting in her hospital bed, Danielle gazed lovingly down at her pride and joy as he slept in her arms.
She captioned the pic: “3 weeks today I gave birth to my gorgeous little boy Ronnie we all love him so much ?? @gint1986”
Yesterday doting mum furiously hit back at trolls who criticised her This Morning appearance where she claimed her son Harry, six, has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Speaking on the show, the former Miss GB described Harry’s behaviour and said she was struggling to get a diagnosis.
She said: “When I take him out he’ll be loud and be screaming. He is very socially awkward, if I said to me do you want to go out and play, he’ll want to stay in his room with all his possessions in his bed, he can’t make eye contact…he has odd habits.
“We’ve gone through the NHS, I’ve had him tested a couple of years ago.
“But the autism spectrum is so big and there’s so many different types.
“He can speak properly and can function, so for me it’s about finding what exactly it is, a lot of his symptoms point towards Asperger’s.
“Harry is just Harry and he does find things really difficult, he’s quite an emotional child.
“I just want to get him the help that he needs and I think as a mum that’s all you can do for your child.”
However, viewers at home slated her appearance and accused her of “parading your diagnosed son on TV”.
Another wrote on Twitter: “Anything to get on TV Danielle Lloyd. Shame on you for using your son”.
One told Danielle that she should “leave her son out of it” but she hit back writing: “Leave him out of it!! Am trying to help him…Harry knows he is different and wants help to!”
Replying to another critic who said she shouldn’t have brought her son on the ITV show, she wrote: “But he does feel different and he cries cos he doesn’t understand why! So I’m getting him help”.
Danielle also admitted to Holly and Phil that feels “judged” when she’s out in public with Harry.
She said: “I feel judged a lot. People look at me and think ‘why can’t she just control that child?’.”
A LIFELONG DISABILITY THAT AFFECTS HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH OTHERS
Asperger’s Syndrome is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people see the world and interact with others.
It’s often referred to as ‘mild Autism’ – and affects around 700,000 people in the UK (more than one in 100).
The main difference between it and Autism is that people with Asperger’s don’t have a learning disability, and do not have any developmental or intellectual delays.
In fact, those with Asperger’s are normally of average or above average intelligence.
Most kids with Asperger’s go to mainstream schools, but a diagnosis is important so their learning can be targeted properly.
- avoiding eye contact
- preferring to play alone or with adults
- difficulty interpreting facial expressions and tone
- mature language skills
- dislike of change
- intense interest in one subject
- under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light, colours, temperatures or pain
How is it diagnosed?
If you think your child has Asperger’s, your first port of call is to make an appointment with your GP.
Take along a list of behaviours and characteristics which you think are relevant.
The doctor may carry out a screening interview called M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers).
Your child will then be referred for a multi-disciplinary assessment.
It will include a report from school or nursery, family history, observations, cognitive, communication, behaviour and mental health assessments, and a full physical examination.
Adults can also be tested with a referral from a GP.