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Did anyone else see Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me


remarkable programme, his biography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a wonderful read


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Ooo I didn’t know he had a biography

I’ll see if I can get one for Partridge for Christmas


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I watched it last night. Could definitely see my son in him - as could my mum, sister and nephew! His reaction to bereavement was interesting and struck a cord here. When my father died, my son was pretty unemotional and unconcerned about it. It wasn’t the reaction I’d imagined. However when our old doggie died at 14,he was properly sad and did grieve, to the extent that we still have his ashes at home. He didn’t want us to scatter them as it comforts him to have his old dog here with him.


Must admit, we’ve had some strange looks when he’s explained to people that we have three dogs when we clearly only have two!!


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I would take a look at the book before giving it to Partridge PT. Whilst its a brilliant book I did find it quite a hard read, both for content and style. Its very individual, quite unlike ( not surprisingly!) any other biography Ive read, and it does refer to his suicidal feelings.


Plot 69 by Allan Jenkins is another to take a look at. Allan Jenkins was a Barnodos boy, its about his search for his birth family, conflicted feelings about his brother who died relatively young not having come through his fostering experience so well. Plot 69 refers to his allotment, and he talks about growing/gardening as part of his healing process. Although it has difficult themes, its a much easier read, more like a diary so very short chunks. Allan Jenkins is editor of the Observer Food magazine, a great role model for our young people


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Someone in work told me about this was it BBC 2?


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I sat and watched some of this with my son on Iplayer. He has a friend with Asperger's. He completely recognised his friend in Chris - and also recognised many traits in himself. My Ad's issues are all trauma/loss related (I'm pretty sure!) - he doesn't have quite the same obsession for details, and although he has sensory issues they are not as strong as Chris Packham's, or his friend's. But we had a really good chat about how some of symptoms overlap and how many people there are in the world who feel a little bit different. I'm really glad Chris did the programme.


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Ive watched it all and it was insightful and I was a bit horrified by the ABA. However if my child was non verbal and having wobblers randomly I think I might be tempted to try pretty much anything. I can’t judge those parents.

My feeling about my son Partridge is that I love his uniqueness and fascinating insights. It struck hard what my son would have had a chance at more functional life had he not been so massively impacted by early trauma.

The troubles of fitting in and being different are familiar to so many of our children.

I did recall the book ‘the dyslexic advantage’ and wondered if there is one called the ASD advantage!


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I talked to my son about this yesterday and asked if he wanted to watch it. Told him a little about Chris Packham and what he does for a living.


‘Well I don’t do nature or outdoors Mam so not sure.’


He did think it was a very good idea to live in the woods alone and with no-one near! Other than Scratchy!!


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I rather liked the idea of living in the woods alone with a dog ( as long as there was a handy corner shop which materialised Brigadoon style, when I ran out of milk and chocolate)


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I watched this yesterday, very interesting. I love that he's managed to achieve so much despite his difficulties with people.


I too found the ABA pretty horrifying. I know they achieve wonderful things but I've seen accounts of adults who have had ABA as a child describe it as traumatising.


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Watching this seen alot of my x partner who I knew very early on had Aspergers working with children adults who have Aspergers and autism great programme


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