Gregg Wallace leaves fans in tears as he shares sweet photo of his son Sid after speaking out on the four-year-old’ autism diagnosis

Gregg Wallace has shared a photo of his son Sid, four, enjoying a cuddle from his dad.

The sweet snap shared on Instagram on Saturday, showed the Masterchef host gazing down at his youngest child as they snuggled up on the sofa. ‘Me n my little boy Sid’, the star lovingly captioned the post.

The new photo of Sid, who was diagnosed with autism in 2022, left fans in tears.

One fan commented: ‘Pretending to chop onions right now!! What a lovely photo. No words needed.’ 

Gregg lives in the Kent countryside with Sid, his wife Anna and her parents Rina and Massimo. 

Gregg Wallace has shared a photo of his son Sid, four, enjoying a cuddle from his dad. ‘Me n my little boy Sid’, the star lovingly captioned the post

In July Gregg told the Daily Mail about his close bond with his son. Speaking about Sid’s development, Gregg admitted: ‘Sid is four years old, Sid is autistic, Sid is non-verbal.’

‘He’s still in nappies. He doesn’t use cutlery. His choice of foods is very limited, but he’s a beautiful boy.

‘Luckily we don’t have many sensory issues. He enjoys play, he enjoys cuddles. And we’re seeing more and more interaction, which is giving us hope. And that’s all we need.’

Gregg spoke for the first time about how Sid’s physical contact with his parents was improving.

The TV star explained  ‘As soon as they’re making contact, you want to give praise, hold their hand, look at their face, put on a show. Make it exciting, so they want to stay in your world and not retreat back into theirs. It’s hard, but it’s working so far.’

‘Sid lies down on a rug with his iPad, rocking backwards and forwards. When they’re retreating, you retreat with them. I get down on the rug about three feet away from him and do exactly the same as he’s doing.’ 

‘He’s started coming over, lying beside me, putting his hand on my arm or his head on my shoulder. It’s great. We have no idea how far this is going to go, but we’re going to keep trying, because we’re seeing a difference in him already.’

Anna has spent the second half of 2023 taking an online course with American experts to understand how best to engage with Sid. 

The new photo of Sid, who was diagnosed with autism in 2022, left fans in tears. One fan commented: 'Pretending to chop onions right now!! What a lovely photo. No words needed'

The new photo of Sid, who was diagnosed with autism in 2022, left fans in tears. One fan commented: ‘Pretending to chop onions right now!! What a lovely photo. No words needed’

In July Gregg told the Daily Mail about his close bond with his son. 'Sid is four years old, Sid is autistic, Sid is non-verbal...but he's a beautiful boy' he said

In July Gregg told the Daily Mail about his close bond with his son. ‘Sid is four years old, Sid is autistic, Sid is non-verbal…but he’s a beautiful boy’ he said

‘She’s learning how to coach him, not to cure or reverse his autism, but coach him to communicate, possibly speak,’ Gregg explained.

A viewer rang in to tell him about the US approach after he mentioned Sid on a recent episode of Loose Women. ‘I’ve started instigating different play methods and interactions with Sid and we are seeing progress.’

Earlier this year Gregg announced a major career change, quitting his hit show Inside The Factory to support Sid and help Anna find the right education setting for their son.

Gregg, a former greengrocer, described Sid as a ‘lovely, lovely little boy’ with a ‘wonderful mother’ but admitted ‘it’s not easy’.

Gregg lives in the Kent countryside with Sid, his wife Anna (pictured) and her parents Rina and Massimo

Gregg lives in the Kent countryside with Sid, his wife Anna (pictured) and her parents Rina and Massimo

The MasterChef host conceded that filming the show involves a lot of travelling away from his family as he visits factories spanning the country.

‘So I’ve made a decision that I’m actually not going to do Inside The Factory any more,’ the star said.

‘Right now, we need to find education for him and I can’t just leave that to Anna – that’s a big, big decision.

‘I mean, all parents worry about the schools that children will go to. Ours is even more highlighted because of poor little Sid’s issues.’

What is autism? 

What does being autistic mean? 

Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.

It’s something you’re born with or first appears when you’re very young.

If you’re autistic, you’re autistic your whole life.

Autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a ‘cure’. But some people need support to help them with certain things.

Autistic people may: 

find it hard to communicate and interact with other people 

find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable 

find it hard to understand how other people think or feel 

get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events 

take longer to understand information 

do or think the same things over and over 

What causes autism?

It’s not clear what causes autism.

Nobody knows what causes autism, or if it has a cause. It can affect people in the same family. So it may sometimes be passed on to a child by their parents. 

Autism is not caused by: 

  • bad parenting
  •  vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine 
  • diet 
  • an infection you can spread to other people 

Source: NHS

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