Denise Richards Reveals Daughter Eloise Has Special Needs

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Denise Richards is opening up about her 7-year-old daughter, Eloise.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star reveals in a new interview that her youngest child has special needs.

A chromosomal disorder "has caused a lot of developmental delays for [Eloise]," Richards tells People. "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."

"She can only say a handful of words," Richards continues, adding that Eloise was diagnosed with a deletion on chromosome 8 two and a half years ago. "And 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 knows that "every child is different," and says it's a parent's duty to "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," she reveals. "But as a parent, you want what's best for your children, and you just do it."

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Richards, who is married to Aaron Phypers, adopted Eloise domestically while she was single in June 2011. She also shares two children -- daughters Sam, 14, and Lola, 13 -- with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.

"I'm most proud of raising my kids, especially in a time that is very different from how I was raised," Richards says. "It’s extremely hard to keep children grounded. This is not an easy time to grow up."

 

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