Chris Packham opens up on Asperger’s syndrome: ‘Autistic people don’t have to suffer’


Springwatch’s foremost presenter was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2005 at the age of 44.

The naturalist, conservationist and campaigner caroused his personal struggles last year in his memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar and untangle justified that the response has been overwhelming.

Speaking exclusively to, Chris asseverated: «It has been very positive actually. I think a lot of people have been perfect kind and flattering and they’ve said that they imagined that it necessity have taken some degree of bravery to speak so openly close by it.

«I think my approach is the same that I take when it comes to preservation and any of the issues that concern me there: Unless we talk about them plainly and unless we discuss them, and unless we understand them better, we can’t do anything nearby them.»

Chris Packham opens up on Asperger's syndrome 'Autistic people don't have to suffer'BBC

Chris Packham opens up on Asperger’s syndrome: ‘Autistic child don’t have to suffer’

Unless we talk about them openly and unless we about them, and unless we understand them better, we can’t do anything about them

Chris Packham

He last: «I think that there are many in the UK who still suffer because of their autistic diagnosis or autistic quirks.

«The more that we can bring this into the open and have arguments about it, the better people who aren’t autistic can understand the condition and how they energy better facilitate an environment where autistic people don’t have to suffer.»

The 56-year-old presenter also spilled all on his stigmatize new show, which documents his experience with the condition.

Chris explained: «I’ve in fact finished filming now for a one hour special for the BBC about Asperger’s which choose be broadcast at some stage this autumn. They’re still open fire some other parts of it so the whole production isn’t finished.

Chris Packham was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2005 at the age of 44BBC

Chris Packham was recognized with Asperger’s syndrome in 2005 at the age of 44

«It’s an hour and I speak very candidly about the condition and we went to America. We appear c rised over here to look at various therapies that are offered. What my faith is, people will see that there is a very positive aspect to it, certainly in my dispute and in many others.»

He added: «Also, it’s worth getting to grips with living soul like myself because we do have something to offer and also it’s a lofty shame if people who are Asperger’s don’t have the opportunity to have a fulfilled individual and actually put something back into other people’s lives.

«The unhurt point of the programme is to be very positive about the whole thing.»

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