Project host Waleed Aly opened up his son’s diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder, following a segment about comedian Tom Gleisner and his organisation, Learning For Life Autism Centre.
Waleed spoke about his son Zayd, 11, and the differences in communicating with a child on the Autism spectrum.
He also expressed his relief at getting the diagnosis.
Watch his explanation about his son in the video above.
Waleed said: ‘I didn’t worry, (the diagnosis) didn’t hit me in the face — it actually explained a lot of things and it opened up doors.’
He explained that once he had been told about the condition, he and his wife Susan had to adjust how they communicated with their son.
‘You’ve gotta try and re-orientate everything so that you’re communicating with the kid in a way that actually works with the way their brain works, and when you do that and you get those moments where a door opens…it’s unbelievable and your heart just leaps’ – Waleed Aly pic.twitter.com/4sH5Cphp1e
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‘Then what happens is you’ve got to try and re-orientate everything so that you’re communicating with the kid in a way that actually works with the way their brain works,’ he said.
However, Waleed went on to say that he didn’t know what his son’s ‘ceiling’ was and that left him with a stack of questions.
‘So all the things that you would normally take for granted like when they have a career, when they get married or whatever, you’re just facing an unknown,’ he said.
An estimated one in 100 Australians – that’s 240,000 – have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.