Scrubs star John C. McGinley and his 15-year-old son Max (mom is John’s ex-wife Lauren Lambert) were spotted enjoying some father-son time together on Sunday (May 27) after a boogie boarding session at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, Calif.
John – who is also father to daughters Billie, 4, and Kate, nearly 2, with wife Nichole Kessler and a vocal supporter of the special needs community – has spoken about his experience of raising a child with special needs along with two young daughters.
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[Billie's] biggest strength is language. She’s extraordinarily verbal, and Max’s biggest challenge is his lack of spoken language. He can read at a certain level and do arithmetic, but he doesn’t form sentences. So parenting Max and parenting Billie represent two polar opposites on the spoken-word spectrum. How we parent them in the same household and find a happy middle has been really interesting and continues to be. Max sometimes gets frustrated in his inability to communicate verbally, so he uses gesture and sometimes an inappropriate amount of physicality to communicate. I always have to try to remember the special-needs component as opposed to the brother-and-sister-separated-by-11-years dynamic. It’s tricky to find the balance. We were reminded of this about a month ago, when Max, Billie and Kate were in the playroom, when we heard a shriek. Max has very sensitive ears, and whatever noises Kate was making disoriented him. But he was not able to go, “Kate, would you please stop making that noise?” so he made her stop physically.”