56 episodes

A podcast for neurodivergent women, hosted by clinical psychologist Monique Mitchelson and clinical neuropsychologist Michelle Livock. Covering Autism to ADHD and everything in between, we aim to educate and inspire women who think differently.

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    • 4.9 • 119 Ratings

A podcast for neurodivergent women, hosted by clinical psychologist Monique Mitchelson and clinical neuropsychologist Michelle Livock. Covering Autism to ADHD and everything in between, we aim to educate and inspire women who think differently.

    Sensory Regulation with Joanne Seymon

    Sensory Regulation with Joanne Seymon

    A note to our listeners: In this episode we chat about self-harm. Some of our listeners may prefer to skip this one.

     

    Happy Monday! In today’s episode Monique interviews Joanne Seymon; AuDHDer Occupational Therapist, and co-founder of Kaiko Fidgets. Jo is passionate about developing appropriate sensory tools for teens and adults, with a focus on harm minimisation and emotional regulation. She uses both her lived experience and her background in occupational therapy to match sensory needs to the right sensory support. In this episode Jo shares some personal details about her son Kai’s mental health journey, and Kai has given his consent for these details to be shared.

     

    In this episode Monique and Jo cover:

     


    How Kaiko Fidgets came to be and Jo’s path to diagnosis and understanding her own neurodivergence.
    What actually is ‘Occupational Therapy’ (OT) and how can OTs work with neurodivergent folk?
    Different sensory needs and ideas around supporting sensory regulation.
    When pain is used as a regulator – Jo’s approach to this and some options for harm minimisation.
    Understanding and managing the cumulative effect of sensory load.

     

     

    Find Jo on her website (www.kaikofidgets.com), through her socials (@kaikofidgets), or reach out to her via email (jo@kaikofigets.com)  

     

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Stimming with Marie Camin

    Stimming with Marie Camin

    On this week’s episode Monique interviews Marie Camin about stimming. Marie is a multiply neurodivergent clinical psychologist, researcher, and a neurodiversity advocate. Marie is currently completing her PhD on Autistic stimming at La Trobe University and she is a Founding Committee Member of the OTARC Autistic Advisory Group; she believes strongly in contributing to a more accurate and affirming understanding of Autistic experiences through co-production with the community. She loves animals, pop culture, and anything creative.

     

    This episode is jam packed with goodies! Monique and Marie cover:

     


    Community as a key part of the neurodivergent identity.
    Marie’s experience as a neurodivergent clinical psychologist and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence.
    A side quest on special interests.
    Everything stimming – what is it, how is it understood (both from a community perspective and based on the DSM), and many examples of what stimming can look like.
    The evolution of thinking in the psychological field around the purpose of stimming and responses to stimming.
    Harm minimisation approaches for stimming that is harmful to self or others (please be aware that self-harm is mentioned here, and so some listeners may decide to skip this).
    Marie’s advice for other neurodivergent folks trying to function in a neuro-normative way.

     

     

    Want to learn more about Marie or get in touch with her? You can find her through her website here, or on Instagram @mariecamin.

     

    Check out her digital downloads and ND Pride stickers here!

     

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Pelvic and Sexual Pain with Shan Morrison

    Pelvic and Sexual Pain with Shan Morrison

    This week on the podcast we interview ADHDer and physiotherapist Shan Morrison. Shan is a Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She has practiced exclusively in pelvic health for 30 years, and is the director of Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy: a private practice based in Melbourne that exists to restore pelvic health and empower every person to live their best life. Shan’s clinical passion is being part of a like-minded multi-disciplinary team that takes a whole person approach to supporting those experiencing persistent pelvic and sexual pain.

     

    In this episode we cover:

     


    Shan’s experience of neurodivergence, particularly as an ND physiotherapist, and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence.
    The role of a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in general, and we learn all about Shan’s specialty of pelvic pain, including the causes of persistent pelvic pain, some common pelvic pain conditions, and factors that contribute to persistent pelvic pain.
    Shan’s approach to treating persistent pelvic pain wholistically – what does this involve and how does she do this in her practice.
    The overlap of neurodivergence and persistent pain conditions.
    Why is it so important to screen for multiple aspects of an individual’s mental and physical health as a health professional, regardless of your specific speciality.
    What to do if you are experiencing persistent pelvic pain.

     

     

    You can connect with Shan via her practice website – www.wmhp.com.au –  or by email: shan@wmhp.com.au  

     

    Shan recommends the following resources:

     


    This simple pain education website (general not pelvic pain).
    The book ‘Healing Pelvic Pain’ by Dr Peta Wright and Dr Wright’s website which has a number of resources. 

     

     

    Things we mentioned:

     


    Michelle’s on-demand webinar that Shan mentioned, for allied health professionals on Identifying Neurodivergence, can be accessed directly here or through our website. 
    You can access the study Shan mentioned on psychoeducational needs around persistent pelvic pain in women here.
    The qualitative study on heterosexual sexual satisfaction that Michelle mentioned is in ‘Girls & Sex’ by Peggy Orenstein

     

     

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Neurodivergent Parents Parenting Neurodivergent Kids with Dr Celia Falchi

    Neurodivergent Parents Parenting Neurodivergent Kids with Dr Celia Falchi

    Today’s guest is ADHDer psychologist Dr. Celia Falchi. Celia works in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand. She works with predominantly neurodivergent clients across the lifespan, specialising in trauma work, and she engages in advocacy work within the profession, including being on the Education Committee for AADPA. Celia is also mum to two AuDHDer neurodivergent kids, who are 10 and 13 years old. In this episode Celia shares some personal details about her kids, and Celia’s kids have given their consent for these details to be shared.

     

    In this episode we cover:

     


    Celia’s personal journey with discovering her own neurodivergence in adulthood, and how her ADHD has affected different areas of her personal and professional life.
    Juggling the emotions and needs of multiple different family members (including her own!).
    The importance of “modelling humanity” as a parent, and showing that it’s OK to make mistakes.
    The central importance of relationship and joyful connection when parenting, and approaching behavioural challenges with curiosity.
    Supporting ND kids’ mental health as a parent, and the importance of belonging.
    Advocating for and supporting your kids in the school system.

     

     

    The book that Celia mentions is ‘Relationship Based Treatment of Children and their Parents; an integrative guide to neurobiology, attachment, regulation, and discipline’ by Elizabeth Sylvester and Kat Scherer.

     

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    'We don't know what we don't know' with Jodie Wilson

    'We don't know what we don't know' with Jodie Wilson

    A note to our listeners – this episode briefly mentions suicide, so some of our listeners may decide to skip this one.

     

    This week on the podcast Monique interviews Jodie Wilson, who is an AuDHDer veterinarian, researcher, author, and mum (not necessarily in that order!). Jodie advocates for diversity inclusion within the veterinary industry through her work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope and she also works as a researcher at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Jodie is currently in the middle of her second Masters degree, which looks at the intersection of autism and wellbeing, and she is about to launch her first non-fiction book: A Guide for Autistic Professionals Considering Disclosing their Diagnoses at Work.

     

    In this episode Monique and Jodie cover:

     


    Jodie’s experience of late diagnosis and what identification of her neurodivergence meant for her in both her personal and professional life.
    How Jodie dealt with autistic burnout, managed a sudden loss in her physical mobility, and how she has tailored her working life to accommodate her needs.
    Key take homes from Jodie’s research into the experience of autistic folk interacting with mental health systems.
    The strengths that neurodivergent vets bring to the industry and the challenges that neurodivergent folk may face in this industry.
    Jodie’s advocacy work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope.
    Jodie’s top tips for other adult diagnosed neurodivergent folk

     

     

    For those wondering, Jodie’s research on the experience of autistic adults interacting with mental health care (and the associated resource to come out of this) is not currently publicly available, but we will share it when it is!

     

    You can find the study that Monique mentioned on autistic folks with chronic pain interacting with the healthcare system here.

     

    You can find Jodie here: www.disrupt.vet and sign up to get an alert when her book is out here: www.disrupt.vet/books 

     

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    • 56 min
    The Menopause Transition

    The Menopause Transition

    Menopause! It happens to roughly half of the human race, but it continues to be shrouded in mystery for many people. In today’s episode we discuss this very important transition. We cover:


    Why are we doing an episode on menopause?
    The social aspect of the menopause transition.
    An overview of our sex hormones and how these change during the menopause transition.
    Early and premature menopause.
    Common signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause.
    The effect of peri-menopause on our mood, cognition, and physical functioning.
    The research on peri-menopause and menopause in neurodivergent folk.
    Strategies for managing the menopause transition.

     

     

    Things we mentioned:


    ADDitude Survey on ADHD and menopause.
    When My Autism Broke, Autism research ‘is all about the blokes and the kids’, and Period of Importance – studies on autism and menopause.
    Australasian Menopause Society

     

     

    Resources on Menopause:


    Menopausing: The Positive Roadmap to Your Second Spring Hardcover by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter. Dr Naomi Potter is a UK GP and British Menopause Society accredited specialist doctor.
    Hormone Repair Manual: Every woman's guide to healthy hormones after 40 by Lara Briden
    Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
    The Feel Good Guide to Menopause by Dr Nicola Gates
    https://reframingautism.org.au/menopausal-and-melting-down-an-autistic-tale-of-sensory-survival/
    https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/physical-health/menopause
    https://henpicked.net/menopause-hub/

     

     

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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

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