Melanie Sykes says she felt “relieved” after finding out she was on the autism spectrum at the age of 51.
The TV presenter, whose 17-year-old son Valentino suffers from the same problem, says she is “very happy” to find out she has autism, which affects the way people communicate and interact.
She said hello! magazine: ‘It’s fantastic, that’s why I celebrate it. I’ve always felt different from other people and the way they think and operate, but now I know it’s because I have autism that it makes me feel validated because I understand why.
A New Beginning: Melanie Sykes Says She Felt ‘Relieved’ After Finding Out She Was On The Autism Spectrum At The Age Of 51
‘I am relieved. It’s good to know and I’m very happy with it. Now I know what all my sensibilities correspond to.
She added, “During the lockdown, I appreciated not having to go out and socialize, brave corporate events, shake hands and be drawn in for a kiss by complete strangers.
“I’ve always been uncomfortable in a crowd or touched by people I don’t know. My sensitivities are now fully validated because I am autistic. ‘
Delighted: The presenter, whose 17-year-old son Valentino suffers from the same problem, says she is “very happy” to find out she has autism, which affects the way people communicate and interact.
Melanie was welcomed into the autistic community with messages from mothers of spectrum children and adults diagnosed late in life.
“They are so happy that I am talking about it, that I am normalizing it,” she said. “Some people who were too embarrassed to tell anyone now think they can. It makes me extremely happy to know that I have helped.
The broadcaster is now committed to breaking down the stigma associated with autism.
Family: Melanie with her sons Valentino and Roman in 2014. Valentino was diagnosed with autism as a child.
She added, “There is nothing wrong with people with autism; we just think and access the world differently, and people who are not on the spectrum need to understand that.
“Autism shouldn’t be called a ‘disorder’ because it implies that the way an autistic mind works is flawed. The brain isn’t broken, it just thinks differently from a neurotypical person.
The full article is available for reading in Hello! magazine.
Read all about it: The full article is available for reading in Hello! magazine