Autistic Talia joins Cast of British Soap Opera ‘Hollyoaks’

Autistic Talia joins Cast of British Soap Opera ‘Hollyoaks’

As you might have noticed, there has been a surge in tv-shows displaying autistic characters (like ‘being atypical’ and ‘the good doctor’). A good development, but I have been missing female characters who are ‘openly autistic’ (instead of hinting towards autism like dr. Bones – being afraid to scare away the audience!?) on television.

So I was pleased to hear Talia Grant will be joining the cast of the British soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’ to play an autistic character. Talia, the daughter of Carrie and David Grant, is diagnosed with Asperger, and comes from a ‘special needs’ family.

Let’s welcome Brooke to #Hollyoaks! πŸ‘‹ #FirstScene #Welcome #Hiya

Een bericht gedeeld door Hollyoaks (@hollyoaksofficial) op

 

I think this trailer is pretty accurate, regarding the sensory overload one can experience in autism. I really hopes it will give people a realistic idea about being autistic and having all these sensory issues!

How about you? What do you think about displaying an openly autistic – female – character on television?

HBO Movie ‘Temple Grandin’

After being diagnosed with autism, I started researching the disorder as much as I could. Very obsessively, of course. πŸ™‚ I was quite shocked to find out most people are sent home by their doctors/psychologists after being diagnosed.

Ok, in my country you can get some education about autism spectrum disorders, and if you’re lucky, you can find a psychiatrist that is willing to see if they can give you some medication, but that’s it. As an adult – being diagnosed ‘late’ – you are quite on your own.

Most books, help, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists are focused on children with autism. Mostly male children. With very typical forms of autism (think: Rain Man).

So I was very happy to find out there was at least one, very well educated woman, who has autism and who did a very important discovery regarding deep depressure in humans: Temple Grandin.

HBO made a great movie about her life. Claire Danes portrays Temple Grandin; and I was stunned by her amazing performance.

Too bad this movie has never been shown in theaters (why?). It’s a must-see for everyone with (or without) autism. πŸ™‚

I’ve found my ‘copy’ of the movie online, but it is also available on DVD at Amazon:


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