Keynote Christine Preißmann 2:00pm - 2:45pm Room: Humboldt

Living with Autism – an encouragement

What does it mean for a person to get diagnosed with autism and to be on the spectrum?
How do characteristic features become noticeable, what is the effect of the diagnosis and what measures can help to cope - also in adulthood?
These and many other aspects will be discussed in Christine Preißmann's presentation. Being both a physician and diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition herself, she reports from two different perspectives. Some things can be better understood if one knows them from one’s own experience, and many forms of help can be tailored more precisely if autistic people themselves are asked about their needs.
In her publications, the speaker gives a voice to a broad spectrum of people with autism, who describe in an intelligent and reflective way how their life looks like, what is important to them, what helps them. Among professionals, it is becoming increasingly clear how important it is to consider these personal experiences. Professionals in education, therapy or medicine might be better at describing the professional side, but people with autism are experts in their own experiences and ideas - and finally, when we combine both, we can optimize the understanding of autism spectrum disorders and the development of appropriate assistance for the people affected.
Christine Preißmann is a general practitioner and psychotherapist, and is on the autistic spectrum herself. She works part-time in a psychiatric clinic, writes books for professionals as well as for patients and relatives and gives lectures on autism. She moderates a self-help group for young adults with Asperger syndrome in Frankfurt and is a member of the board of Autismus Deutschland e.V.