Em Rusciano opens up about her struggles with ADHD and autism

Em Rusciano opens up about her struggles with ADHD and autism
Em Rusciano opens up about her struggles with ADHD and autism

Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism.

The comedian, 42, posted on Sunday imploring her followers to 'be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do'.

However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of 'jumping on a trend'. 

Firing line: Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism

Firing line: Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about her struggles with ADHD and autism

In a candid video recorded in her car, Rusciano admitted, 'I was a kid in school that was constantly told I wasn't living up to my potential.' 

'So now I'm an adult who never feels good enough and is always overreaching.'

'If you can teach your kids to advocate for themselves, and you help them and you get a teacher who's just willing to put in that little bit of extra [work] and be willing to understand them if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do.'

'Their potential is endless.' 

Diagnosis: The comedian, 42, posted on Sunday imploring her followers to 'be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do'

Diagnosis: The comedian, 42, posted on Sunday imploring her followers to 'be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, as I do'

However, in a subsequent post, the former radio host claimed she had received a message from a woman accusing her of 'jumping on' a 'trend' when she claimed to have autism and ADHD.

The woman, who has kids 'with severe disabilities', told the comedian that she 'trivialise[s] her experience when I speak about mine'.

Rusciano claimed that 'because I have chosen to disclose my neurodiversity, I think that the advocate hat got placed on my head even though I wasn't ready to wear it.'

Unhappy: However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of 'jumping on a trend'

Unhappy: However, one mother took offence at the post, accusing the former radio host of 'jumping on a trend'

She then admitted she 'doesn't pretend' to know how hard life was for the woman in question, or her children,' before going on to reveal her own experience of 'neurodiversity'.

'I can't look people in the eye for too long. I can't do the food shopping without feeling so overstimulated I have to sometimes abandon the shop all together and go and lay down in the back of my car.'

She also claimed to 'have no short term memory' and to not 'like being touched unless I initiate it.'

Red carpet return! Rusciano recently turned heads in a low-cut purple dress as she attended Melbourne Fashion Week at Regent Theatre following the city's long lockdown

Red carpet return! Rusciano recently turned heads in a low-cut purple dress as she attended Melbourne Fashion Week at Regent Theatre following the city's long lockdown

Rusciano, who only this year was diagnosed with ADHD, said that 'up

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