‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Bryan Dattilo Gets Emotional Talking About His Toddler Son's Autism Diagnosis
April 24, 2019 10:44 By Fabiosa
The Days of Our Lives star Bryan Dattilo knows firsthand what it feels like to bring up a child with a disability. His son Gabriel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. How could the actor deal with his son’s condition and help him live with it? Bryan recalls his not-so-easy experience.
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My son has autism
Bryan Dattilo is best-known to fans for his role as Lucas Norton in the popular series Days of Our Lives. But what do we actually know about the days of Bryan’s life?
The actor’s world turned upside down when his toddler son, Gabriel, was diagnosed with autism. Dattilo and his now-ex-wife, Jessica Denay, could not even imagine their little precious boy would be ever diagnosed with this condition.
Bryan recalled that moment in a candid interview with People back in 2009:
We were told right off the bat that he wouldn’t be able to do certain things, like have a real job, have a wife, be main-streamed.
I felt responsible that my son wouldn’t have the kind of life that he would enjoy.
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Going through this
Nevertheless, Bryan and his former wife never lost hope that their son could live a normal life. The actor addressed multiple organizations for kids with autism. Thanks to the professional help, Gabriel had good progress.
Dattilo said he spends a lot of time with his son, learning new things. Of course, there are still some limits in his education process, but the father is strong in his intention to provide his child with the best future.
The actor said:
Realize that you never know what the future is going to hold, so the more you work with a child, it might not seem like you’re getting a lot back at the time, but five or six years down the road, when your child is main-streamed and totally accepted as ‘normal,’ then that’s the rewarding part.
In April 2019, Bryan Dattilo shared an emotional video on Twitter to raise awareness among other parents whose kids suffer from autism. In the video, he also mentions several organizations that help patients with autism.
Thank you so much for this. I'm a proud Autism mom of a 12 yr old girl and I wouldn't trade her for anything.— ⭕⭕Deborah⭕⭕ #LightItUpBlue (@carolinagal2976) April 16, 2019
Thanks Bryan. We indeed need to learn to not just tolerate, but celebrate, neurodiversity!!!— Sus (@SIJFG) April 15, 2019
Thanks! Will look them up. My son has high functioning autism. Sweetest kid ever!— karen remy (@YogaFitMom) April 15, 2019
Great message, love you Bryan missing you tons!— Krystle Mackey (@KrystleMackey) April 18, 2019
We are really grateful to Bryan Dattilo for sharing his personal experience. Maybe, his story can help other parents in a similar situation.