Budding 18 year-old model with autism has important message

Mathew Rodriguez

On a recent episode of actress Holly Robinson Peete's reality show For Peete's Sake, her son RJ Peete, an aspiring model, participated in a photo shoot. As the families perused the photos together, Peete had an important message for others with autism watching the show.

"To all the kids with autism out there, you can do anything you want to," Peete says to his mother, Holly Robinson Peete, and photographer Andrew Macpherson, who were present to unveil his new fashion shots.

Peete was diagnosed with autism at age 3, according his an essay written by his mother in April.

In her essay, Holly Robinson Peete wrote that doctors told her that RJ would not be able to communicate, say "I love you" unprompted or play on a sports team.

However, after years of intense therapy, Peete has accomplished many of the things that doctors said he would never do.

"You think you know your kid and his limitations, then BAM! He just surprises you," says Holly. "One of the most gratifying things about being a mom is when your kids exceed your expectations."

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