Chris­tine: ‘Af­ter­math of Christ­mas has been aw­ful for my autis­tic children’

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PROUD mum Chris­tine McGuin­ness has been flooded with sup­port after open­ing up about how her children coped with Christ­mas.

Re­al­ity TV per­son­al­ity Chris­tine and her TV pre­sen­ter hus­band Paddy have six-year-old twins Leo and Penelope who have autism and a three-year-old daugh­ter Felic­ity who is also be­lieved to be on the autis­tic spec­trum.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire guest star says she’s proud of how well her children dealt with the fes­tive sea­son be­cause they strug­gle with sen­sory over­load and anx­i­ety and be­come eas­ily over­whelmed.

And she ad­mits the af­ter­math of Christ­mas Day has been ‘aw­ful’ as they weren’t pre­pared for Christ­mas to end.

She ex­plained on her Instagram: “Last week I told how proud I was to have a Christ­mas tree up at home, I am still very proud that my children coped well over Christ­mas as they strug­gle so much with sen­sory over­load, anx­i­ety, they be­come eas­ily over­whelmed.

“But, I wasn’t ready for the af­ter­math fol­low­ing Christ­mas Day, it has been aw­ful.”

The model con­tin­ued: “I think I pre­pared them so much for Christ­mas Day, I didn’t pre­pare them for it to end.

“I know many of you with autis­tic children will un­der­stand, I’m still learn­ing ev­ery­day and next year will be bet­ter again.”

Chris­tine, 31, who reg­u­larly up­loads posts on Instagram talk­ing about the things she does to meet her children’s needs, says all ev­i­dence of Christ­mas is now gone from the fam­ily home.

She said: “I’m just hop­ing for the best, pa­tiently wait­ing for nor­mal rou­tine to come back!”

Chris­tine McGuin­ness and, inset, with hus­band Paddy

Chris­tine and Paddy’s children

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