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Welcome to the Stories About Autism podcast, hosted by James Hunt, the dad of two autistic boys. Each week he'll be joined by a special guest, who will be telling their own story about autism. James will be talking to autistic adults, parents and family members of children with autism, and professionals who work with autistic individuals. In doing so he hopes to create a greater understanding of autism and show just how different and unique everybody in the autism community's story is. This is the perfect podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about autism by listening to real life experiences. You can find more of our stories at www.storiesaboutautism.com

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Stories About Autism James Hunt

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Welcome to the Stories About Autism podcast, hosted by James Hunt, the dad of two autistic boys. Each week he'll be joined by a special guest, who will be telling their own story about autism. James will be talking to autistic adults, parents and family members of children with autism, and professionals who work with autistic individuals. In doing so he hopes to create a greater understanding of autism and show just how different and unique everybody in the autism community's story is. This is the perfect podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about autism by listening to real life experiences. You can find more of our stories at www.storiesaboutautism.com

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    Podcast E22: Wemzy - Autism and the African Community

    Podcast E22: Wemzy - Autism and the African Community

    This week I get to speak with Wemima (Wemzy), a mum of three autistic children. They live in the North of England, and Wemzy shares stories from their lives on her TikTok and Instagram pages Aqotas.
    If you spend any time on the autism side of TikTok, then I’m sure you will have come across their page and their wonderful family. There are so many heartwarming, funny videos that she shares, and the bond between them all is lovely to watch.
    We talk about the early days, getting an autism diagnosis for her eldest, Shaheem, and what she learned along the way. Shaheem, Soufiyan and Sousan have very different personalities and needs, so we talk about the balancing act it takes to try and meet those needs and keep everybody happy.
    I met Wemzy at the start of the summer at the SEN Reform Protest, so we talked about her family’s experience with the schooling system.
    Each of her children has different levels of communication and spoken words, we talk about that development, and how important the use of AAC has been in their home.
    We talk about autism within the African community and some of the stigma and misinformation that has made life more challenging for her family. Wemzy also talks very openly and honestly about how religious abuse is also so prevalent, and the damage it does to so many within the community.
    Wemzy is hugely passionate about standing up for her beliefs, and for those who need support, something she offers each day through her stories and the relationships she’s built online. I loved getting to know more about her and her story, and I’m sure you will too.
    To find out more about Wemzy and her family, you can follow her on
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aqotas/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@aqotas
    To follow us and learn more about me and my boys
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storiesaboutautism/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stories_about_autism
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storiesaboutautism




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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ashley Blaker: Normal Schmormal

    Ashley Blaker: Normal Schmormal

    This week I’m joined by Ashley Blaker. Ashley is a dad of 6, that’s right 6 kids. Two of his children are autistic, and he also has an adopted daughter who has Down Syndrome. As well as being a dad, Ashley is a comedian and writer and has been part of numerous TV and radio shows such as Little Britain, V Graham Norton, and Fantasy Football League, as well as two Off-Broadway shows. 
    Ashley recorded a BBC Radio 4 show with his family, Ashley Blaker 6.5 Children, which is part stand-up, part documentary, where they discuss parenting, adoption, and raising children with special needs. 
    This has led to his new book, Normal Schmormal which he describes as his occasionally helpful guide to parenting kids with special needs. 
    It’s a part memoir, part how-to guide, sharing the challenges as well as the many rewarding and happy moments of parenting children with additional needs. I found the book insightful and funny in equal measure, and well worth a read for any family with SEN in their lives. 
    We get to talk about the journey Ashley and his family have been on and the complicated juggling of such a large family with contrasting needs. From the endless meetings and appointments to the battles with the schooling system. The progress his kids have made, learning to ignore the idiots, and Ashley’s hopes for the future. 
    I loved getting to know more about Ashley and his family, and I’m sure you will too.
    Let me know what you thought about the episode in the comments.
    To find out more about Ashley and his work head over to his website





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    • 1 hr 9 min
    E20: Stephanie Vavron

    E20: Stephanie Vavron

    This week I’m joined by Stephanie Vavron, who tells us her family’s story about autism. Steph lives in Scotland, is a single mum of two, and her youngest, Max, is autistic and also has Cerebral Palsy.
    I first became aware of Steph last year when one of her TikTok videos about the packed lunches she makes for Max went viral. Whereas many autistic kids will only eat what’s often described as beige food, Max is the complete opposite and loves spicy foods and different textures.
    Join us as we talk about
    - Max's diagnosis, and what led Steph to push for one - What autism means for Max - Meltdowns and self-injurious behaviours - Co-parenting, and the juggle of work and meeting Max's needs - The school system and some of the problems facing families across the UK - The importance of community and finding others who you can relate to
    Follow Steph
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephanievavron/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stephanievavron
    For more from me
    Substack: https://storiesaboutautism.substack.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storiesaboutautism/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stories_about_autism
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storiesaboutautism
    Thanks for listening




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    E19: TJ - Nigh Functioning Autism

    E19: TJ - Nigh Functioning Autism

    On this week’s episode of the Stories About Autism Podcast , I’m joined by TJ from the social media pages Nigh Functioning Autism. TJ is an autistic adult who was diagnosed in her teens, along with diagnoses of epilepsy, OCD, and ADHD. She is a single mum of 3, and two of her children are autistic.  I’ve been speaking with TJ online for years, and often picking her brain as she is such a font of knowledge, and always happy to help, as anyone who already follows her will know, especially. This is especially true when it comes to using AAC devices just like my son Tommy does.
    In this episode, we talk about some really important topics, including
    * The shock TJ had when received her autism diagnosis
    * Going through the autism diagnosis process with 2 of her children
    * TJ’s own communication struggles and the difference AAC has made to her life
    * Some tips from TJ on how to get started with AAC and implement it at home
    * The power of social media and the community and how combined with her autism diagnosis, it helped her feel human for the first time in her life.
    * We discuss some of the divisions within the autism community, and how deep down we all want the same thing
    * ABA, and some of the differences in the systems in the US and the UK
    * We touch on some of the difficulties black and brown families face in America, in particular, related to autism and disability.
    * The police’s lack of understanding when it comes to disability, and the fear families have when it comes to keeping their disabled family members safe
    You can find out more about TJ and follow her in the places below
    Instagram:
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    E18: Martin - A Different Spectrum

    E18: Martin - A Different Spectrum

    This week I talk with Martin, an autistic adult from Denmark. Martin also has diagnoses of ADHD and Tourettes, and shares stories from his life on his Instagram and TikTok pages A Different Spectrum. Join us as we talk about
    Martin's autism diagnosis as a childMasking at school and what it felt likeMeltdowns and shutdownsSpecial interestsStimming and why it's so importantAAC communicationAutism and the LGBTQ communityHow blogging has helped him find communityFollow Martin
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a_different_spectrum
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@a_different_spectrum
    Follow me:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storiesaboutautism/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storiesaboutautism
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stories_about_autism
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@storiesaboutautism
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    • 1 hr
    E17: Nicola - Happy Hands With Hallie

    E17: Nicola - Happy Hands With Hallie

    This week I talk with Nicola, a mum of three girls, including Hallie who is autistic. Nicola has been sharing her family's story on Instagram and TikTok for the last 18 months on her page Happy Hands With Hallie. 
    Join us as we talk about
    Early signs of autism in HallieFighting for an autism diagnosisAutism in girlsAutism and foodSensory challengesSleepHallie's relationship with her sistersEHCP's and applying for a school placeFollow Nicola
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyhandswith_hallie/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090140610963
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@happyhandswith_hallie
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@happyhandswith_hallie
    Follow me:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storiesaboutautism/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storiesaboutautism
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stories_about_autism
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@storiesaboutautism
    I hope you enjoyed the episode. If you did please leave a review and subscribe to help others find the podcast and ensure you don't miss an episode


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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Caamcg ,

CMcGuinness

I can’t get enough of this podcast I look forward to my daily drive time to listen to James and all the amazing guests. It’s really helped me on my autism journey with my non verbal little boy Charlie, I take something from every single podcast for myself and my son. Thank you James you’re an absolute super star ⭐️🌈

My bloody name is always taken ,

Life changing

I discovered “stories about autism” and the creator through the SEN community on Instagram. I feel James has changed my life in so many ways; feeling a sense of belonging, understanding of my autistic, non-speaking son, finding the beauty in the differences and accepting our new normal.
Despite following James on Instagram for a while now, I am only just listening g to his podcasts and have listened to 4 in one day. My god am I touched and amazed at the guests he has interviewed so far. Please give a listen; it will help you so much to understand and accept autism in our everyday lives. Well done James!!

Herb0706 ,

Great informative podcast

I’ve loved listening to this today, so much information and so real. Look forward to the next one! Thanks James and Nicola

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