Dailymail.co.uk: Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth reveals she quit acting after son Elwood was diagnosed with autism

Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth, 50, reveals she quit acting for SEVEN years after son Elwood, 11, was diagnosed with autism

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Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth has revealed she gave up acting for seven years after her son Elwood was diagnosed with autism.

The ex-EastEnders star, 50, told The Mirror she limited her workload to just one acting job a year after Elwood, now 11, was revealed to be on the autistic spectrum at the age of six.

This comes as Kacey also revealed that Elwood has thrived since his diagnosis, and enjoys nothing more than playing football, hockey and rugby.

Candid: Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth has revealed she gave up acting for seven years after her son Elwood (second left) was diagnosed with autism

Candid: Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth has revealed she gave up acting for seven years after her son Elwood (second left) was diagnosed with autism

Candid: Grantchester star Kacey Ainsworth has revealed she gave up acting for seven years after her son Elwood (second left) was diagnosed with autism

Kacey – who also shares daughter Blossom, 14, with partner Darren Hales – admitted she chose to limit her acting commitments as it would be ‘too chaotic’ for her son. 

The star also explained that she never suspected Elwood had autism until he was three, when it was mentioned to her by a nursery teacher.

She said: ‘I was really shocked.  He went to our local communication disorder clinic and I sat behind glass and watched my child being assessed by an ­educational psychologist, speech therapist and a child psychologist. It was ­excruciating.

Supportive: The ex-EastEnders star, 50, told The Mirror she limited her workload to just one acting job a year after Elwood, now 11, was revealed to be on the autistic spectrum

Supportive: The ex-EastEnders star, 50, told The Mirror she limited her workload to just one acting job a year after Elwood, now 11, was revealed to be on the autistic spectrum

Supportive: The ex-EastEnders star, 50, told The Mirror she limited her workload to just one acting job a year after Elwood, now 11, was revealed to be on the autistic spectrum

Determined: The star explained it would too 'chaotic' to work while she was coming to terms with Elwood's diagnosis, but five years on he thrives

Determined: The star explained it would too 'chaotic' to work while she was coming to terms with Elwood's diagnosis, but five years on he thrives

Determined: The star explained it would too ‘chaotic’ to work while she was coming to terms with Elwood’s diagnosis, but five years on he thrives

‘It was a sad day, because you have a baby and you want things to be normal. You have to go through that grieving process where you think – this isn’t what I’d set out for.’

After seeking advice from Anna Kennedy Online and ­ADD-vance, Kacey revealed she is now an ambassador for both organisations.

Since his diagnosis, the former soap star added that Elwood has gone on to thrive, and enjoys playing all kind of sports.

Happy: Since her break Kacey made a return to acting in 2014 to play Geordie Keating's wife Cathy on Grantchester

Happy: Since her break Kacey made a return to acting in 2014 to play Geordie Keating's wife Cathy on Grantchester

Happy: Since her break Kacey made a return to acting in 2014 to play Geordie Keating’s wife Cathy on Grantchester

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have trouble with social, emotional and communication skills that usually develop before the age of three and last throughout a person’s life. 

Specific signs of autism include: 

Reactions to smell, taste, look, feel or sound are unusualDifficulty adapting to changes in routineUnable to repeat or echo what is said to themDifficulty expressing desires using words or motionsUnable to discuss their own feelings or other people’sDifficulty with acts of affection like huggingPrefer to be alone and avoid eye contactDifficulty relating to other peopleUnable to point at objects or look at objects when others point to them

She added that despite some testing times, her son is what she would describe as ‘unique.’

Since her break Kacey made a return to acting in 2014 to play Geordie Keating’s wife Cathy on Grantchester, which tells the tale of a vicar who teams up with a Detective Inspector to solve murders in a 1950s sleepy English town. 

The star is also well-loved for her role as the embattled Little Mo in EastEnders – featuring on the soap from 2000 to 2006.

Classic: The star is also well-loved for her role as the embattled Little Mo in EastEnders - featuring on the soap from 2000 to 2006

Classic: The star is also well-loved for her role as the embattled Little Mo in EastEnders - featuring on the soap from 2000 to 2006

Classic: The star is also well-loved for her role as the embattled Little Mo in EastEnders – featuring on the soap from 2000 to 2006

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