Jenny McCarthy’s Son Does Not Have Autism – Misdiagnosed

By on January 4, 2014

Jenny McCarthy has been very outspoken about her son, Evan, being autistic and blamed his autism on medical vaccinations.



McCarthy, being the outspoken person she is, told the world his autism was because of the vaccines he received and suggested parents re-think getting their stance on having their children vaccinated.  The View co-host became an advocate for autism and sought alternative treatments for the disease and even developed a center to treat kids.

Fast forward a few years and it turns out that Jenny’s son was misdiagnosed and was never autistic. Her son may have suffered from Landau-Kleffner syndrome,  a neurological disorder that may cause speech impairment and brain damage in children. Landau-Kleffner syndrome is so rare, it is often misdiagnosed as autism. In an interview with Time Magazine, McCarthy said,

“Evan couldn’t talk — now he talks. Evan couldn’t make eye contact — now he makes eye contact. Evan was anti-social — now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch.”

She also said she has been re-examining her stance on immunizations. While McCarthy’s son, Evan, might not suffer from autism, Jenny isn’t giving up the cause.

What do you think about the misdiagnosis??

One Comment

  1. Darenia

    March 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    It’s very strange when you have a mother that wants her child to be autistic, and will go to great lengths to hire special education advocates or attorneys to prove the young child has autism. So many mothers have pushed and pushed for this diagnosis because they want more SERVICES and respite. This is a disgrace to the families who are raising truly autistic children with serious needs who depend on these services. There has to be some kind of mental illness attached to a mom who insists who child be labeled autistic when the child clearly isn’t autistic. I once met a mom who was fighting the school district to get her child services under the autism label and the kids was perfectly fine, minus a brief period where she didn’t talk. Otherwise, there were no autistic symptoms. So very strange.

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