Denise Richards reveals daughter Eloise has special needs

Denise Richards is opening up about her 7-year-old daughter, Eloise.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star reveals in a new interview that her youngest child has special needs.

A chromosomal disorder "has caused a lot of developmental delays for [Eloise]," Richards tells People. "She wasn't able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn't start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy."

"She can only say a handful of words," Richards continues, adding that Eloise was diagnosed with a deletion on chromosome 8 two and a half years ago. "And there are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she's emotionally 3 years old. It's been challenging. I'm learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case."

RELATED: See Denise Richards' transformation through the years

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1996

Denise attends the “Romeo and Juliet” premiere in L.A.

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1997

Denise looks elegant at the “Starship Troopers” L.A. Premiere, in a sleek fitted gown.

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1998

Denise wears a black pinstripe dress with fur trim on her jacket to the premiere of her movie “Wild Things.”

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1999

We aren’t huge fans of the clunky shoe, but we know they were in style in the 90’s! Denise attends the premiere for “The Mod Squad” and keeps the outfit simple.

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2002

We love this patterned jacket Denise wore with this classic dress to the “Empire” Premiere.

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2003

Denise wore this short red dress to celebrate Giorgio Armani receiving the first “Rodeo Drive Walk of Style” Award.

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2006

Richards during Conde Nast Media Group’s kick off of fall Fashion Week in New York.

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2006

We’re not positive what’s going on with Denise’s hair here, but we like the simple black dress!

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2007

Denise attends the premiere of “Ratatouille” with the best kind of accessory: her daughter!

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2007

Richards attends the launch of Dr. Rey’s Shapewear in this body-hugging dress.

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2009

Denise wears her blonde locks straight with this scalloped dress to an Afternoon Tea in honor of Nancy O’Dell’s recently published book.

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2010

Attending New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a regular occurance for Richards, here pictured in a black dress at Alice + Olivia.

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2010

It’s rare to see Denise with her hair up, but we love it! She looks flirty and fun at Spike TV’s 2010 Video Game Awards.

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2011

Denise poses on the set of “30 Rock.”

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2012

This lady loves her sequins, and makes them elegant.  With the loose updo and pop of red in her shoes, we think this look on Denise was stunning.

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2012

Denise is lovely in midnight sparkles, but what we’re obsessed with is her hair here – we love the curls pulled to the side!

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2004

Denise looked sweet in this nautical-looking dress with flowy waves at Olympus Fashion Week.

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2006

Richards during Conde Nast Media Group

2006

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2007

Denise wore this black dress with gold embellishments to a General Motors event.

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2007

Denise attends the premiere of

2007

Richards attends the launch of Dr. Rey

2008

Denise is boho-chic at the A Time For Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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2009

Denise wears her blonde locks straight with this scalloped dress to an Afternoon Tea in honor of Nancy O

2009

Denise wears a bright pop of blue with a leather jacket as she leaves the Fuse studios in New York.

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2009

Denise looks beach and casual at the launch of New Disney and Muppet Myzos in Santa Monica.

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2010

Richards rocks a sparkly purple dress to New York Fashion Week (with much darker hair!).

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2010

Attending New York

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2011

Richards looks glamorous, spotted in New York City leaving the Today Show.

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2011

Denise poses on the set of

2012

This lady loves her sequins, and makes them elegant.

2012

Denise is lovely in midnight sparkles, but what we

2012

The white dress with bright shoes look beautiful with her hair returned to its natural blonde hue.

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Richards knows that "every child is different," and says it's a parent's duty to "take care of your children no matter what is going on with them."

"I don’t know if [Eloise] is ever going to talk like a typical child," she reveals. "But as a parent, you want what's best for your children, and you just do it."

Richards, who is married to Aaron Phypers, adopted Eloise domestically while she was single in June 2011. She also shares two children -- daughters Sam, 14, and Lola, 13 -- with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.

"I'm most proud of raising my kids, especially in a time that is very different from how I was raised," Richards says. "It’s extremely hard to keep children grounded. This is not an easy time to grow up."

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BRAVO EVENTS -- 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and 'Mexican Dynasties' Premiere Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Denise Richards, Aaron Phypers -- (Photo by: Jesse Grant/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers are seen on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phyper (L) and Denise Richards arrive for the American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phypers and Denise Richards attend American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,,)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
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