15 episodes

Check out the all new Not Weird Just Autistic podcast where J.R., Miranda, and Tomi talk with people from all around the world of autism. Our goal is to bring you all the knowledge you need in order to live a more fulfilled life on the spectrum. Click on the PODCAST link at the top of the blog page or find it on your favorite podcast platform.

Not Weird Just Autistic J.R., Miranda, and Tomi

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Check out the all new Not Weird Just Autistic podcast where J.R., Miranda, and Tomi talk with people from all around the world of autism. Our goal is to bring you all the knowledge you need in order to live a more fulfilled life on the spectrum. Click on the PODCAST link at the top of the blog page or find it on your favorite podcast platform.

    Getting Nerdy with Pop Goes the Culture

    Getting Nerdy with Pop Goes the Culture

    Shannon and J.R. kick off Nerdodiversity month with an old-school nerd and an old-school nerdy topic!

     Joey Mills is a Southwest Missouri legend in the Nerd World and he's known around the world for his Pop Goes the Culture website and podcast.  We're yakking about a nerd topic almost as old as nerddom itself.  That's right, we're talking Star Wars.

    A long time ago on a podcast (not so) far, far away sat three nerds named Shannon, J.R., and Joey.  They talked about the original trilogy, the newer stuff, the source material that may have inspired George Lucas, archetypes and the franchise in general.

    Unlike a movie, we fit all this great Star Wars knowledge into much less than two hours.

    If you've never heard the Pop Goes the Culture podcast, your ears don't know what they're missing.  The really cool thing about the podcast is that Joey records it at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Springfield, MO.  He sets up eight microphones, opens the door to the room and whoever shows up to talk about nerd culture is on the show.  It's a nerdy free for all, a completely different show each week and honestly, a lot of fun.

    Besides all the fun stuff, we also delved into what makes the Star Wars franchise and the characters so great,

    "I think kids are sort of the ultimate litmus test for whether or not something really has archetypal characters because they will resonate with kids almost more than adults who are looking at the special effects and the quality of the acting and stuff like that. But if the storyline has characters that are really archetypal, I think that just really resonates with kids, and they just lap it up and just watch movies again and again and again when they have that aspect to them."

    Joey Mills

    Catch Pop Goes the Culture at:
    www.popgoestheculture.com
    https://popgoestheculture.com/pgtcpodcast/
    https://www.facebook.com/pgtcpodcast/
    https://twitter.com/pgtcpodcast

    • 38 min
    Spending Time With Autism Advocate Becca Lory Hector

    Spending Time With Autism Advocate Becca Lory Hector

    Becca Lory is an amazing woman!  Like Shannon and J.R., she is someone diagnosed late in life with autism who has made the most of her time since being diagnosed.

    Becca is a writer, editor for Spectrum Women Magazine, has a Facebook group, YouTube channel, speaks and advocates like crazy.

    She talks about all this and more on the podcast and you'll love to hear her unique insight on autism, how to look at your diagnosis and what we can do to help people accept the autism community.

    "Now I know I've been diagnosed. I have all kinds of supports in place because of what I know, etcetera, etcetera. But guess what? The negative self-talk is still there, Right? Right now, I still have to fight that battle all the time. You have to fight imposter syndrome. I have to fight my depression and all of the things that are not my autism, but are the result really of the trauma of being undiagnosed?"

    Becca Lory Hector

    www.beccalory.com
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    • 37 min
    Hanging Out With Haley Moss

    Hanging Out With Haley Moss

    Diagnosed as a child, Haley Moss knew she was destined for great things.  A lawyer, artist, author, speaker and autism advocate, she's realized her dreams.

    Recently she sat down with Shannon and J.R. to talk about her life, what she has in the works and autism in general.

    She does a lot of work consulting for lawyers these days and for non-profits with the hope of bringing the topic of autism into the mainstream.

    We also talk about the online community of autistic and disabled people and how we can connect and make friends oftentimes easier than we can in the real world.

    " I can't help but laugh because I don't feel like I have a lot of friends. I realized online. I don't know if you guys have realized this, too, but we have a lot more of a supportive community of other autistic and disabled people, which makes me feel really connected because, in my regular life, I don't feel as connected, so to speak."

    Haley Moss.

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    • 37 min
    Hanging With the Neurodivergent Rebel, A.K.A. Christa Holmans

    Hanging With the Neurodivergent Rebel, A.K.A. Christa Holmans

    Shannon and J.R. spend time with Christa Holmans, A.K.A. Neurodivergent Rebel, who like us, received a diagnosis of autism as an adult.  Since that time, Christa has learned everything she can about neurodiversity and has become one of the Internet's most passionate cheerleaders for the subject.

    We talked about neurodiversity, autism, living in a trailer, and how people on the spectrum are often looked down upon by society for some reason. 

    "It's like the way we're (autistic people) talked about is like, we're not even human. Sometimes it's just really demoralizing, and it really is hard on your self-esteem.  And then imagine if you have low self-esteem already and you're feeling bad about yourself.  You've been treated like you're a burden your whole life and made me believe that that terrible story.  This is horrible."

    Christa Holmans

    Now it's time to listen to the whole podcast.


    You can find Christa all over the Internet...

    https://www.neurodivergentrebel.com
    @neurorebel
    https://www.facebook.com/NeurodivergentRebel/
    https://www.instagram.com/neurodivergentrebel/
    YouTube

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    • 34 min
    Autism & Eating Disorders With Brenda Grund

    Autism & Eating Disorders With Brenda Grund

    Shannon and J.R. recently sat down with Brenda Grund of Centrum Spectra in the Netherlands to discuss the growing problem of girls and women on the spectrum and eating disorders.

    Seeing as how Shannon is a woman and that she has some experience in this area, she led the conversation with Brenda and we learned some amazing things and realized just how big a problem this is within the autistic community.

    Anorexia and Bulimia not only affect the person with the eating disorder but also impact their families as well, as we found out during the discussion.

    "I think with Aspie women it is more common to see women who are very finicky eaters a lot of the time because they have food allergies and they can't stand certain textures.  Probably if they have an eating disorder, they're trying to get more calories in and get their weight up, that would be hard for them."

    Shannon Hughes

    Now it's time to hear the rest of the conversation!

     
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    • 36 min
    How to Deal With Your Scary Seasonal Mood Disorder

    How to Deal With Your Scary Seasonal Mood Disorder

    Shannon and J.R. both suffer from Seasonal Mood Disorder, a worsening of depression during the fall and winter months.

    This is due in large part to less sunlight than in other parts of the year and if you think this is one of those hokey types of diagnosis, you're absolutely wrong.  This is a very real thing.

    For Shannon, it starts around October and goes through February or March and for J.R. it typically starts around mid-November, a couple of weeks before his birthday and also goes until somewhere around March.

    When you deal with this, you tend to be more depressed, lose interest in things you once enjoyed, don't sleep well or sleep more than usual, and there's also a higher risk of suicide or self-harm.

    Shannon explains the ins and outs of Seasonal Mood Disorder and what it really means to deal with this.

    The good news is that there are ways to help improve your symptoms, including light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medications among other things.

    We discuss workplace accommodations, and why women are four times as likely to deal with this than men are.

    To hear all about it, listen to the podcast now and check out the link below to see if you might suffer from this affliction.

    http://www.scalesandmeasures.net/files/files/SEASONA%20PATTERN%20ASSESSMENT%20Questionnaire.pdf

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    • 40 min

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