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Toni Braxton and Diezel Participate in PSA

05/11/2010 at 09:00 AM ET
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Diezel Ky strikes a pose on set with mom Toni Braxton during the filming of WEtv’s ‘We Volunteer‘ public service announcement, taped at the American Movie Company Thursday in N.Y.C.

The singer was highlighting her work with Autism Speaks, an organization she became involved with after Diezel’s diagnosis in 2006.

Thankfully, her 7-year-old son is making great strides these days.

“He started mainstream school and he’s more social,” Braxton, 43, told PEOPLE Moms & Babies at the event. “His speech is coming along wonderfully.”

“He’s doing great,” she says, adding that Diezel works with an occupational therapist. “We’re really proud of his progress.”

Braxton and estranged husband Keri Lewis are also parents to elder son Denim Cole, 8.

– Jaimie Vaillancourt

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Dana on

Very well-written article!
Autism Speaks is a great cause!

Chris on

What a handsome little guy!

CelebBabyLover on

Estranged husband? When did she and her husband split?

Dee on

I agree he is cute as a button….mom is looking quite fabulous herself.

I really appreciate when celebrities open up about their struggles with their kids because it opens the doors to other parents who have kids also with the same issues and they feel not alone…..if that makes any sense.

I’m happy he is making improvements :)

NMallory on

Thanks, Ms.Braxton! Your story is a mirror-image of mine. My son is eight and also doing exceptionally well as a result of intervention, love, and patience.

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