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Jacqueline Laurita's three-year-old son Nicholas diagnosed with autism

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/22/2012 

Jacqueline Laurita has revealed her youngest son has autism.

"I worry about him being independent when he's older. I spend all my time researching what we can do for him," The Real Housewives of New Jersey star told People.

Laurita and her husband Chris Laurita reportedly sought out multiple doctors and had a long wait before discovering their three-year-old son Nicholas was autistic.

"You never want to think that your child isn't perfectly healthy. We didn't want to believe it was true," added Chris.

Nicholas began showing signs of the developmental disorder around the age of 18 months when his speech and motor skills were regressing and he wouldn't respond to his name being called or notice people entering a room, People reported.

"We had no idea what was going on," explained Jacqueline, who had kept her concerns a secret during the filming of The Real Housewives of New Jersey's fourth season last year.

In addition to Nicholas, Jacqueline also has a 21-year-old daughter Ashlee and a 10-year-old son C.J.

(Photo credit Bravo)

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