Tisha Campbell Martin and actor Duane Martin have been married for over 15 years. Together they have two sons Xen and Ezekiel Czar. Their eldest son Xen was diagnosed with autism. Since the diagnosis, the family has been on a mission to raise awareness about the disorder. They told PEOPLE magazine in 2009 that Xen worked with occupational, speech and behavior therapists 40 hours a week. With that help, over the years Xen’s autism has become manageable.
Tisha told ESSENCE in August 2013:
“Xen was non-verbal; he would flap his arms and rock back and forth. He’s never been in a special needs class because I wanted him to model after typical kids and now he’s a typical kid. He has a girlfriend and he is now speaking. You can’t shut him up. He says, ‘I used to be autistic and don’t be telling my girlfriend I used to be autistic either.”
Tisha later welcomed another son 8 years later, Ezekiel Czar who to Tisha and Duane’s relief showed no early signs of autism. Take a look at Tisha Campbell Martin’s beautiful family and how big her kids are getting:
Meet Their Kids: Tisha Campbell Martin’s Adorable Sons
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