Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley from Jersey Shore has always been open about her family. Since her son Greyson’s autism diagnosis in November of 2018, she has kept the public up to date on what she refers to as “Greyson’s journey.” Now, after years of trial and error and behavior therapy, 4½-year-old Greyson can be seen “crushing it” in Farley’s video as he reads expertly from flash cards.
In 2018, on an episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, Farley opened up about how Greyson still wasn’t speaking yet. Her vulnerability on TV inspired a wave of support and shared experiences from fans and parents. Farley posted on Instagram, thanking her fans for all the love and continuing the conversation around Greyson’s diagnosis. “To find out Greyson is ‘behind’ or ‘delayed’ crushed me,” wrote Farley. “But only for a moment … that moment came from wanting to have ‘perfect children’ and ‘how could this happen to me?’ But Grey is PERFECT and it CAN happen to anyone.”
The following year, Farley continued her discourse surrounding Greyson’s journey, providing updates on his progress and how she felt as a parent. In another Instagram post, Farley opened up to her followers about Greyson’s “OCD tendencies,” writing, “He cannot continue anything until it’s redone the way he wants. Whether it’s dressing himself, making his own drinks, or walking a certain way … it has to be ‘Greyson do…’” Though she shared how helping Greyson work through these tendencies “breaks [her] heart,” Farley ended the post on a positive note, reaffirming her faith in her son’s progress and that he will “grow up to be an incredible adult.”
Though Farley has faced her share of hate comments and unsolicited advice when it comes to her son, she chooses to remain optimistic and keep her focus on speaking out about the stigma surrounding autism. “I just always try to stay above it, post the positive, because I really do want to help parents out there and I really do want to make a difference so when my son is older, even if the OCD tendencies are still there, the stigma’s gone,” remarked Farley in an interview with People.
Now, Greyson is showing incredible strides and amazing progress. In December of 2020, Farley posted a quick Instagram video depicting just that. Greyson is seen sitting on the floor in front of a set of flashcards. A female voice off camera is heard saying, “Okay, you ready? Let’s read.” As Greyson follows along, he expertly and confidently reads, “My… mom… is… fun!” As cheers and applause erupt around him, Greyson jumps up and does a celebratory dance. Great job, Greyson!
To follow along with Greyson’s journey, be sure to check out Jenni JWoww’s Instagram account!Whizzco