Jacqueline Laurita went public with her son Nicholas' autism last month.

Today, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star told Anderson Cooper when she realized Nicholas' behavior had changed. Watch as she describes his signs of regression, below:

With so much of her private life made public, Anderson asked Jacqueline why she didn't bring up her son's autism on the reality show.

Jacqueline admits that it would've been premature to bring up Nicholas' condition without getting an actual diagnosis. She and husband Chris Laurita (the brother of Caroline Manzo) went to multiple doctors before learning Nicholas was autistic, People reports.

But are her castmates, including frenemy Teresa Giudice, supportive? Watch what Jacqueline says:

For more autism resources, check out Autism Speaks.