Chris Packham was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was in his 40s. The television presenter reveals how the condition helps him to see the world in a different way and why he wouldn’t want to change it. Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me was made for BBC Two. Viewers in the UK can watch the full programme on iPlayer.
Asperger’s and all Autism Spectrum ‘disorders’ are not a disease, they do not require a ‘cure’. As Chris Packham says, we need to understand autistic people better and accommodate their difference, not try to cure them. However, the Davis Autism Approach can help Autistic individuals to participate more fully in life without invasive intervention; using empathy, understanding, love and the individual’s own innate ability to help them have choices and relieve stress.
“Just because my brain is different and you don’t know how to deal with me doesn’t mean you need to ‘fix’ me!” Quote from person with Aspergers hearing responses to this news item on the radio.
This approach to autism is available worldwide, including in the UK. For more information in the UK, speak to a UK provider.