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BBC 2 now - Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

(86 Posts)
MyBrilliantDisguise Tue 17-Oct-17 21:18:22

Anyone watching?

BirdyBedtime Tue 17-Oct-17 21:19:49

Missed the start but watched last 20 mins. Didn't know CP had ASD so interesting watch

BirdyBedtime Tue 17-Oct-17 21:20:02

Last 10 mins I meant

foxessocks Tue 17-Oct-17 21:20:10

I've just turned it on. Looks interesting.

AethelflaedsWhiteGoose Tue 17-Oct-17 21:22:28

One of my dc has an ASD diagnosis. CP is such an inspiration. We luffs him.

anotherdayanotherdinner Tue 17-Oct-17 21:23:09

I love him a little bit. Such an important issue he's bringing to the forefront. He's a brave man for opening himself up like this I think.

SealSong Tue 17-Oct-17 21:32:09

Watching this with great interest.

His candidness is moving. I have a lot of respect for him.

Some of the approaches used in America that he's exploring look brutal sad

mrsRosaPimento Tue 17-Oct-17 21:34:58

He is so brave. That thing about the tadpoles.
Ds1 has Aspergers. It was pointed out to me by the senco at his school. He's 13. I've always been treating him as an autistic child. He is prepared for things, where cars are, sensory toys, how to do simple tasks... it goes on and on. I didn't realise, because I just saw him as himself, not as an autistic person.
I wouldn't change him. Couldn't, but he is reasonably mild.
This school is painful. I spoke to someone at the weekend who loves aba. It worked for her non verbal dc.

squiz81 Tue 17-Oct-17 21:36:11

Im watching (although i missed the start)
Interesting to see his take on the American school. I dont have autism and i found that environment chaotic. How can they be getting it so wrong??

Ktown Tue 17-Oct-17 21:37:05

Such a great chap.

mrsRosaPimento Tue 17-Oct-17 21:38:34

She sounds sad.

SealSong Tue 17-Oct-17 21:41:52

I don't think she sounds sad, just comfortable with saying it how it is, good and bad aspects of their relationship.

foxessocks Tue 17-Oct-17 21:42:15

What was the thing with the tadpoles I missed that?

SealSong Tue 17-Oct-17 21:43:19

His autobiography is amazing, 'Fingers in the sparkle jar'. I don't think I've ever read such a raw and honest book, beautifully written too.

Aretoo Tue 17-Oct-17 21:50:34

My 15 yr old son has Aspergers, he sat next to me watching it too. He is nodding his head in agreement and yes on bad days he would take a pill to make it go away, but on the good days he wouldn't change a thing !

The USA both made us shock

My son is extraordinary and in my eyes does not need curing !

Chris Packham is fantastic and I have the upmost respect for him baring his personal life to all..

mrsRosaPimento Tue 17-Oct-17 21:51:21

He tasted them.

MummySparkle Tue 17-Oct-17 21:52:53

I love him! I have Aspergers and I think the programme is great.

ABA sounds hideous

BirdyBedtime Tue 17-Oct-17 21:56:11

Watching on catch up now as a friend called. Finding the US school difficult viewing - surely that chaos would be even more disruptive for someone with ASD?

SealSong Tue 17-Oct-17 21:57:03

One thing that I think Chris does, is to blow out of the water the misconception that people with ASD have limited emotions or don't feel things much..he clearly feels things very deeply.

mrsRosaPimento Tue 17-Oct-17 21:57:06

I agree totally. If autism was bad, natural selection would have felt with it. I firmly believe that autism is beneficial to society. Not just because my autistic ds is amazing. His knowledge on his interests are encyclopaedic. I'm very proud of him. Chris is making me feel emotional.

Oblomov17 Tue 17-Oct-17 22:00:10

Have recorded this.

ijustwannadance Tue 17-Oct-17 22:01:12

Fantastic programme.

DamsonGin Tue 17-Oct-17 22:01:59

I really like him, intent on watching it when I can.

SealSong Tue 17-Oct-17 22:02:52

There needs to be more people with Autism who are in the public eye, or who are leaders in their fields (science, arts, IT etc) speaking out publicly, it's great for everyone to understand more, and for young people with autism to see great role models who themselves have ASD. I hope more of this happens.

ftw Tue 17-Oct-17 22:06:45

It was wonderful TV - I've no experience of it at all, but what an insight, and how nice was he?

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