Christine McGuinness has opened up about the moment she found out her four-year-old twins had autism.
The mum-of-three spoke about finding out her twins had autism in a video for charity Autism Together.
Describing the experience, Christine said: ‘When my husband and I were first told out twins had autism, it turned out world upside down.’
The mum continued to say that her children’s diagnosis made her want to be the ‘best mum’ she could.
‘I knew it was my purpose in life to be their mum but this really made me want to be the best mum I could be for them.
‘I got so many hopes and dreams for our children. I want them to build relationships when they’re older… maybe even get married and have their own little families one day.’
Christine added: ‘Most of all I want them to be happy. I want them to live in a world where there is more understanding about autism.’
The mum is supporting the charity in promoting their new lightweight biometric wristbands, which read factors like skin moisture, heart rate and temperature of someone suffering a meltdown due to autism.
This could give a valuable indication to carers of what might trigger their anxiety, and the mum says she hopes the technology is widely available in the next fifty years.
‘When you learn that autism is in your life, as I have recently, you realise that it is up to you to help shape the future for the people you love’, Christine said.
‘This is a brave project being run by people who really care and as soon as I heard about it I knew I wanted to support it. I hope in fifty years’ time – or even sooner – this technology will be in use everywhere.’
Christine welcomed the twins in 2013, two years after she got married to Paddy McGuinness.
The couple later announced they were expecting their third child, in 2016, and welcomed their daughter Felicity in September.