Jenny McCarthy: Autistic Son 'Has Come a Long Way'
05/03/2007 AT 12:45 PM EDT
McCarthy said Thursday that her son, Evan Joseph Asher, who turns 5 this month, has been diagnosed with the disorder, but that he "has come a long way."
"I did want to acknowledge and confirm the fact that my son does, indeed, have an autism diagnosis," McCarthy, 34, said on Thursday's edition of ABC's The View, on which she served as guest cohost.
Evan is McCarthy's son with director John Asher. The couple divorced in 2005, after six years of marriage.
McCarthy added that she has come to understand why she was given an autistic child, because, she said, "I am willing to talk about it, and go deep with the emotional feelings."
McCarthy's book on the subject, Louder Than Words, is scheduled to published in September. (According to Amazon.com, where the book is available for pre-order, the complete title is Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism.)
"I just want moms ... who have children out there with autism ... to know that I am coming back in a few months with this book, and I am planning on using my big, giant, controversial mouth to blow the lid off a lot of things related to autism to give moms hope," she said. "It is so needed."
The actress, a former Playboy playmate, has also been in the news recently because of her relationship with Jim Carrey. Both have said they don't plan to get married – but are giving love another shot.