Alex was born in October of 1993 in the Countess of Chester Hospital. He had delayed language with severe behaviour problems from his earliest years. However, he suffered with severe eczema and asthma as a child and his problems were initially thought to be due to this. It was not until he was three years old that his parents began to have serious concerns.
Alex was given a verbal diagnosis of classic autism when he was four years of age and attended a special school for children with autism until he was seven. Following this, the local authority agreed to an intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programme.
Alex has made a lot of progress and is now able to share his experiences of autism with others. He sees it as his life’s work to raise people’s understanding of autism.
He still struggles in many areas and yet is willing to work very hard to achieve his goals. He remembers a lot of his earlier experiences in pictures and has used his photography and PowerPoint to get his message across. Alex is also very interested in filmmaking and uses this media to make short films on different aspects of autism.
Alex is funny and engaging; but more than this, he has a gift for public speaking. He very much wants to help others.
Alex has written a book about his life with autism. The book is called Thinking Club: A filmstrip of my life as a person with autism. It is available to buy here.
In 2016 (at age 22) Alex was also diagnosed with ADHD and Dyspraxia. He is able to include information about these additional diagnoses in his Presentations.