“I am learning to have compassion much deeper than I ever did,” the former “The View” co-host wrote. “To really listen and communicate in a way I never had to.”
Rosie O’Donnell called her daughter Dakota’s autism a “gift” in an emotional new essay.
The former “The View” co-host wrote via People Wednesday that parenting the 9-year-old has taught her “compassion much deeper” than she ever experienced.
“[I] really listen and communicate in a way I never had to with my other kids,” she added. “She teaches me.”
O’Donnell, who is also the mother of Parker, 27, Chelsea, 25, Blake, 22, and Vivienne, 19, noted that she knew early on that something was “off” about her “quirky” youngest daughter.
“Sometimes she would stare off in a way that she felt unreachable for a moment,” she wrote of her “highly verbal” child.