American actress and former fashion model, Denise Lee Richards, 48, has opened up about parenting her 7-year-old daughter with special needs saying that navigating the best care for her is “challenging.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said her daughter, Eloise has a chromosomal disorder and only says ‘a handful of words.’
Richards told People Magazine that she noticed Eloise wasn’t reaching developmental milestones.
“She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy.”
The mom-of-3 said Eloise was diagnosed more than 2-years ago with a deletion on chromosome 8, which has caused a lot of developmental delays.
“There are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she’s emotionally 3 years old. It’s been challenging. I’m learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case.”
Richards, who got remarried to Aaron Phypers in September, 2018; and has two daughters- Sam, 14, and Lola, 13, with ex-husband, Charlie Sheen, had in June 2011; adopted a third daughter, Eloise Joni Richards as a single parent.
Her middle name is that of Richards’ mom who died from cancer in December, 2007. Richards adopted Eloise at birth domestically within the United States, following a two-year adoption process and she says she’s determined to do what’s necessary to take care of her children; whatever their needs.
“Every child is different. You take care of your children no matter what is going on with them. I don’t know if (Eloise) is ever going to talk like a typical child. But as a parent, you want what’s best for your children, and you just do it.”