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The Autism Podcast, delivered by the London Autism Group Charity, is the definitive autism related podcast. The podcast aims to improve our understanding of autism, boost acceptance, reduce autism stigma, and generate impactful, transformative ideas ranging from practical everyday advice to thoughts on policy, practice, and wider socio-cultural challenges.

The Autism Podcast The Autism Podcast

    • Mental Health

The Autism Podcast, delivered by the London Autism Group Charity, is the definitive autism related podcast. The podcast aims to improve our understanding of autism, boost acceptance, reduce autism stigma, and generate impactful, transformative ideas ranging from practical everyday advice to thoughts on policy, practice, and wider socio-cultural challenges.

    Interview with Abby Brooke, an autistic advocate based in Kenya and lead of the 'Walking Autism' initiative

    Interview with Abby Brooke, an autistic advocate based in Kenya and lead of the 'Walking Autism' initiative

    In Season 2, Episode 12 of The Autism Podcast, Chris and James interview Abby Brooke, an autistic advocate based in Kenya and lead of the 'Walking Autism' initiative.
    During the episode, we hear all about Abby's fascinating journey towards diagnosis and self-acceptance, the aims and importance of her Walking Autism initiative, and some of the key issues and challenges facing the autistic and wider autism community in Kenya, including particular stigma issues and challenges accessing support.
    If you are enjoying our podcast and have found it useful to you, please consider leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever else you get your podcasts as they really help us a lot in expanding our audience.
    Links:
    Abby's Walking Autism website: www.walkingautism.co.ke
    Abby's Walking Autism Facebook page
    Abby's Walking Autism page on Instagram
     
    To sponsor Abby please visit: https://gogetfunding.com/sponser-a-kilometre-summit-to-sea-a-2000kms-walk-in-kenya-for-autism/
     
    London Autism Group Charity website: londonautismgroupcharity.org
    Facebook page: facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity
    London Autism Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272747662886046/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lagcharity
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lagcharity

    • 45 min
    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Jo Grace & Becky Lyddon on sensory processing (with a focus on toileting & eating related sensory issues & coping during Covid-19)

    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Jo Grace & Becky Lyddon on sensory processing (with a focus on toileting & eating related sensory issues & coping during Covid-19)

    In Episode 11 of Season 2, Chris and James interview sensory specialists Jo Grace and Becky Lyddon (founders of the Sensory Projects and Sensory Spectacle respectively), as part of another recent livestream episode that the London Autism Group Charity have been running to support the wellbeing of the autistic and wider autism community during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. During the livestream Jo and Becky answered many audience questions which led to an in-depth and fascinating discussion around the sensory world, in particular however on the differences between sensory impairment and sensory difficulties, the connection between toileting issues and sensory processing, including the role of interoception, the connection between eating and sensory processing, and advice on how to cope with sensory issues and boost wellbeing during Covid-19. To watch the full video of this interview, and also all of our other Livestream interviews, please visit Facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity/videosIf you are enjoying our podcast and have it useful to you, please consider leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts or whereever else you get your podcasts as they really help us a lot in expanding our audience.Links:
    Jo Grace's Sensory Projects website: http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/
    Jo's Twitter:https://twitter.com/jo3grace
    Becky Lyddon's Sensory Spectacle website: https://www.sensoryspectacle.co.uk/
    Becky's Twitter: https://twitter.com/beckylyddon
    Sensory Spectacle Twitter: https://twitter.com/SensorySp
    Sensory Spectacle Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sensoryspectacle/
    London Autism Group Charity website: londonautismgroupcharity.org
    Facebook page: facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity
    London Autism Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272747662886046/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lagcharity
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lagcharity

    • 51 min
    The Autism Podcast - Interview with Joan Pons Laplana on the topic of Neurodiverse Nurses

    The Autism Podcast - Interview with Joan Pons Laplana on the topic of Neurodiverse Nurses

    In Season 2, episode 10, Chris and James interview Joan Pons Laplana, an autistic nurse in the NHS leading a major new initiative called 'Neurodiverse Nurses' which aims to promote the inclusion and acceptance of neurodiverse nurses in the NHS.
    In this episode, we speak to Joan, about the initiative and its importance, particularly in relation to leveraging the abilities and strengths of such nurses, his own personal experiences of autism, his struggles with mental health, and his work on the front line in fighting Covid-19.
    Joan, who was named Britain's nurse of the year by the British Journal of Nursing is a true autistic hero, and I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to him.
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    Links:
    Neurodiverse Nurses Twitter: https://twitter.com/ndnursesuk
    Neurodiverse Nurses website: ndnursesuk.org
    Joan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoaringNurse
    More information about the initative: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/workforce/bid-to-launch-new-support-network-for-neurodiverse-nurses-09-03-2020/
    London Autism Group Charity website: londonautismgroupcharity.org
    London Autism Group Charity public Facebook page: facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity
    London Autism Group Charity twitter: twitter.com/lagcharity
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Tigger Pritchard on the topic of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Tigger Pritchard on the topic of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

    In Season 2, episode 9, Chris and James interview Tigger Pritchard, an expert in Pathological Demand Avoidance, as part of another recent livestream episode that the London Autism Group Charity have been running to support the mental health of the autistic and wider autism community during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. 
    In this episode, we talk about the work Tigger has been involved with, what PDA means, the importance of understanding what demands are and how avoidance of demands is frequently entirely rationale, reasonable and sensory-based, methods to reduce demands, and how to manage demand reduction and management during Covid-19, and more.
    To access and participate in future livestream episodes, in which we talk with experts about mental health and coping during covid-19 among the autistic and wider autism community, please visit our public facebook page which is www.facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity. There you will also find the video recordings of past episodes which you can also access at our youtube channel.
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    Tigger is an Autism & Pathological Demand Avoidance Consultant & trainer at Tiggertraining. He is a champion for the National Autistic Society in Cornwall has been running a vital campaign to engage with local businesses and thereby increase the Autism friendly services in Bodmin Cornwall. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigger-pr... He also created and runs the Autism Coffee Shop Facebook page for interested people to learn and share information, articles on Autism, PDA and related areas. https://www.facebook.com/Autisminfoma... With over 30 years experience, he is a leading expert in the co-occurring condition Pathological Demand Avoidance and has also worked closely with the PDA Society.
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    Links:
    Charity website: londonautismgroupcharity.org
    Facebook page: facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity
    London Autism Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/27274...
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lagcharity
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lagcharity

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate) about mental health during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic

    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Kieran Rose (The Autistic Advocate) about mental health during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic

    In Season 2, episode 8, Chris and James interview autistic advocate Kieran Rose about the threat to mental health for the autistic and wider autism community during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. 
    To support the community, the London Autism Group Charity have begun doing a series of livestreams with interviews of autistic people and advocates around the topic of mental health and wellbeing. These are happening weekly at our public Facebook page (facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity) with full details about what and when livestreams are taking place listed there (as well as our Twitter: @lagcharity)
    This podcast episode is the audio from one of these livestreams. We talk about some of the main challenges the community will be experiencing during Covid-19, about how to cope and reduce anxiety, the intersections between these challenges and the wider socio-cultural stigmatising narratives about autism, and the importance of recognising the opportunities for social and cultural learning and change that the current social circumstances provide. We also answered a range of interesting questions from the audience. 
    We think it was a really useful discussion and worth uploading as its own standalone podcast episode, so that more people could access it and potentially benefit from the advice and suggestions provided. The video recording is also available from our youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69IQ4QZ5uj4) which you can find by going to youtube and searching for London Autism Group Charity. We'll be uploading our other livestreams there also.
    Please note that the London Autism Group Charity is also looking for volunteers to support us in our work during this difficult period. You don't have to be London or even UK-based, so if you do have time and wish to support us, and are interested in mental health in particular, please get in touch with us via our website (londonautismgroupcharity.org). Thank you.
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    Kieran Rose is a writer, international Public Speaker and former educationalist whose blog: www.theautisticadvocate.com has been read by over one million people.Kieran delivers his own specialist Autism training and consults for multiple different organisations. He is also Founder and Chair of The Autistic Cooperative, an International network and lobbying group for Autistic Professionals; and is Managing Director of the Social enterprise Infinite Autism, which supports Autistic people and families through funded partnership working.Kieran has recently become an executive board member of SLP Neurodiversity Collective, a US-based non-profit internation network and lobbying organisation of Neurodiverse positive SLTs and OTs.He was diagnosed Autistic in 2003 and is married with three children; two of whom are diagnosed Autistic.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Lola Alvarez-Romano about mental health during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic

    The Autism Podcast - Livestream interview with Lola Alvarez-Romano about mental health during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic

    In Season 2, episode 7, Chris, James and Lola Alvarez-Romano (a mental health expert and NHS psychotherapist) talk about the threat to mental health for the entire autism community during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. 
    Clearly, the Coronavirus pandemic represents a public mental health emergency for all of us but in particular for the autism community who are particularly vulnerable. This is mainly due to the situation threatening routines, structures, access to usual external support and services, and access to support from family and the wider community.
    Therefore, to support the community, the London Autism Group Charity have begun doing is a series of livestreams with interviews of autistic people and advocates around the topic of mental health and wellbeing. These are happening weekly at our public Facebook page (facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity) with full details about what and when livestreams are taking place listed there (as well as our Twitter: @lagcharity)
    This podcast episode is the audio from one of these livestreams, in which we talk about how the autism community can support their mental health, self-care and boost resilience. We also took some questions from the audience. We think it was a really useful discussion and therefore decided it was worth uploading as its own standalone podcast episode, so that more people could access it and potentially benefit from the advice and suggestions provided. The video recording is also available from our youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9HnzChJg_9jMaV8NmJuXig) which you can find by going to youtube and searching for London Autism Group Charity. We'll be uploading our other livestreams there also.
    Please note that the London Autism Group Charity is also looking for volunteers to support us in our work during this difficult period. You don't have to be London or even UK-based, so if you do have time and wish to support us, and are interested in mental health in particular, please get in touch with us via our website (londonautismgroupcharity.org).

    • 1 hr 9 min

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