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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

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    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

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 Ginny Grant (on the topics of late diagnosis, mental health and eating disorders)

    Interview with Ginny Grant (on the topics of late diagnosis, mental health and eating disorders)

    In Season 2, episode 18 of The Autism Podcast, James Gordon and Chris Papadopoulos interview Ginny Grant, an autistic advocate who is writer, editor and communications manager at Reframing Autism, an Australian based organisation run by and for Autistic people and their families and allies, who celebrate and nurture autistic identity.


    We discuss Ginny's journey towards her late autism diagnosis, the mission of Reframing Autism, her challenges and experiences with mental health including post-natal depression, OCD and eating disorders (and how the latter two inter-connected), and her views about why autistic people might be more vulnerable to eating disorders. 


     


    Links


    Ginny's Twitter: https://twitter.com/virginialgrant 


    Reframing Autism Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReframingAutism


    Ginny's article title "Atypical anorexia: Facing an eating disorder, Autistically" - https://www.reframingautism.org.au/atypical-anorexia-facing-an-eating-disorder-autistically/


    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



    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! It makes a big difference to our charity.


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon.


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    • 1 hr
    Interview with Alan Morrison (on the topic of education and schooling for neurodivergent people, and the power of validation, diversity and kindness)

    Interview with Alan Morrison (on the topic of education and schooling for neurodivergent people, and the power of validation, diversity and kindness)

    In Season 2, episode 17 of The Autism Podcast, James Gordon and Chris Papadopoulos interview Alan Morrison, an autistic man with rich insight and experience of the challenges and problems of the schooling and educational system for neurodivergent people. Alan talks about his childhood, the difficulties of school before he found teachers that inspired him, like the sociologist Michael Haralambos, who were rare and invaluable voices in the promotion of individuality, difference and diversity. Alan also talks about the story of his younger autistic brother and his educational transformation, how current curriculum and approaches still stifle individuality, and ideas and philosophies that could better promote diversity in today's schooling environments. We also talk about the unconscious moral mind, internal autistic honesty and the challenges of being assertive when integrity is being questioned. 


    Please note that Alan also sent us a powerful story about an autistic boy he worked with during his teacher training. You can find a recording of this story, which is just a few minutes long and well worth also listening to, here: The Maze Story


     


    Links


    Alan's email address (he'd love to hear from you!): aj3morrison@yahoo.co.uk


    Alan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/aj3morrison


     


    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



    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! It makes a big difference to our charity.


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon.


    All Rights Reserved.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Interview with Kirsty Pellow on parenting children with different support needs, the battles for SEND provision and its toll on mental health

    Interview with Kirsty Pellow on parenting children with different support needs, the battles for SEND provision and its toll on mental health

    In Season 2, Episode 16 of The Autism Podcast, James Gordon and Tigger Pritchard (our special guest podcast interviewer!) interview Kirsty Pellow, who is herself neurodivergent, a carer to two boys with different needs, a SEND support worker and advocate.


    We hear from Kirsty Pellow, and follow the steps of her own personal experiences learning about autism. She tells us about her journey as a carer, and how she learnt to trust her own instincts as a parent over the dismissal and denial of others. Searching for knowledge to help her son, this led to her pushing to get her son a referral for autism diagnosis, based upon the fascinating differences that he displayed and his various care needs.


    Kirsty also describes her battles with the Local Authority to have her son’s educational needs met, her hard won successes, and the resulting high cost to her mental health. Kirsty explains her decision to Home Educate her son for a time, in order to address his co-occurring needs, and the way this better prepared him for school education in the long run. Also discussed is the sense of duty she felt to support other parents in winning SEND provision for their autistic children, and taking on an official role as a support worker. Finally Kirsty reflects upon learning about her own neurodivergence, the value of self-love and self-care.


     


    Links


    Kirsty's twitter: https://twitter.com/kirstypellow87


    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



    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! It makes a big difference to our charity.


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon.


    All Rights Reserved.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Interview with Julie Caitlin Brown (on the topics of autistic sci-fi fandom, stigma, inclusion, self-acceptance and compassion)

    Interview with Julie Caitlin Brown (on the topics of autistic sci-fi fandom, stigma, inclusion, self-acceptance and compassion)

    In this episode, Chris and James speak with American TV, film and stage actress and producer Julie Caitlin Brown. Julie, who is also a musician and coach, is very well known for her role as Na'Toth in the first and fifth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, and for various guest star appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  She has also worked on many other shows including Becker, JAG, Raven, Sliders, and Beverly Hills 90201, among others. 


    We speak with Julie about her own experiences of autism, adversity, why hopeful sci-fi often resonates with autistic and neurodivergent people, the stigma of autism and difference more broadly, and the importance of inclusion, self-acceptance and compassion to oneself and others.


     


    Links


    Julie's website: https://juliecaitlinbrown.com/about-julie/


    Julie's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliecaitlinbrown/


    Julie's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieCaitlinBrown


    Julie's twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieCaitlinB


     


    Other links:


    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



    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! It makes a big difference to our charity.


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon.


    All Rights Reserved.

    • 35 min
    Interview with autistic author Cameron Straughan (employment discrimination, misconceptions around autistic humour and more)

    Interview with autistic author Cameron Straughan (employment discrimination, misconceptions around autistic humour and more)

    Chris and James interview Cameron Straughan, an autistic Canadian author, photographer, film-maker and teacher. 


    Cameron, who resided in many years in the UK, talks through his autism journey including his youth and diagnosis later in later, experiences and views regarding the challenges of employment, and discuss some of the main challenges and discrimination issues faced by the autistic population and what needs to change for progress to occur. He also talks through his love of surreal and absurd comedy and humour, how he uses humour as a key coping mechanism for his own wellbeing, the offensive misconception of autistic people not understanding humour, his latest novel, 'The Surreal Adventures of Anthony Zen', and much more!


     


    Links:


    Website: https://cameronstraughan.com/
    Goodreads.com: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8417641.Cameron_A_Straughan
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cameron-Straughan/e/B00E5YA688/
    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


    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! 


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon.

    All Rights Reserved.

    • 56 min
    Interview with Katya Balen and Miranda Prag (founders of Mainspring Arts!)

    Interview with Katya Balen and Miranda Prag (founders of Mainspring Arts!)

    In Season 2, Episode 13 of The Autism Podcast, Chris and James interview the two founders of Mainspring Arts, Katya Balen and Miranda Prag!


    Mainspring Arts is an innovative organisation that works across artistic disciplines and have over the years since it was founded in 2015 supported and provided many opportunities to many neurodivergent people (some of whom you will be hearing directly from in upcoming episodes!). They do this by facilitating workshops to develop participants' skills, providing mentoring by industry leaders, and producing publications, performances and showcases. They aim to promote our participants' work to all audiences, with the ultimate aim of mainstream representation of neurodivergence in the arts. They strongly believe that neurodivergent people should have the opportunity to represent their own voices and experiences.


    During the episode, Katya and Miranda explain what led to the organisation being founded, the misconceptions and lack of representation that they wanted to help push back on, the work that the organisation has done to date, future plans and more!


     


    Links:


    Website: http://www.mainspringarts.org.uk/


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mainspring_arts
    Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/mainspringarts
     
    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


     


    Please like, follow and subscribe to our social media channels to support us! 


    Please also leave us a review (hopefully positive ;) ) on Apple Podcasts - this is a huge help for us.


     


    And please consider donating to the London Autism Group Charity if you are enjoying this podcast that we produce and able to (simply go to facebook.com/londonautismgroupcharity and click on the blue donate button - thank you!)


     


    The Autism Podcast is produced by the London Autism Group Charity. It is hosted by Dr Chris Papadopoulos and Mr James Gordon. All Rights Reserved.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Lucy Toose ,

At last a story I can relate to - Ginny Grant

I could weep listening to your interview with Ginny Grant. The parallels were incredible! I am a 47 year old mum of two boys, one is is diagnosed as being on the ASD spectrum and has significant SPD needs. Always the quiet shy girl, always felt ‘not right’, unable to pick up on the inferences and subtitles in group conversations. Learning the narrative of life by copying those around me, so exhausting. I have battled with controlling my weight for 30 years, which I realise was to help me stay in control and deal with extreme anxiety. I am waiting for a Autism diagnosis from the NHS as this is believed to be a link to my ED behaviours! Thank god, because after what seems like forever, masking and trying to be someone else, I can now accept who I am, stop pretending, understand the whys, change the narrative and marvel at my special gift. I can’t thank you and Ginny enough, it’s lonely out there and this episode made me feel validated and less alone - thank you

lelbel74 ,

New subscriber

I have a son who is 4 and is awaiting diagnosis, we as a family already know the answer and are trying to learn about ASD to help Harris be the best little boy he can be. I just listened to episode 1 and subscribed immediately after. This podcast has me excited to learn of other mothers journeys and listening to Kathy Lette’s talk has given me such a burst of hope and joy! Thank you, I can’t wait to learn more. Lesley, Glasgow

elcalebo ,

Review of name, description and first episode only

There is nothing wrong with having a podcast by and for neurotypical parents of autistic children. If I was in this position I would join support groups of other people in this position and even people who aren’t in this position can learn from the podcast.

However, this should be clearly communicated upfront, so autistic people starting at episode one don’t have to listen to 90 minutes of neurotypical people talking about their own experiences “as a parent” (a common shorthand phrase in episode 1). These parents are obviously well-meaning and they say many nice and helpful things but in some cases they say they noticed something was “not quite right” about their children, or that autism is a disability.

Episode one started with a very detailed introduction talking about various things, but somehow they didn’t find time to clarify that all the team who put it together are neurotypical and they talk from the perspective of parents of autistic kids.

To reiterate, nothing wrong with a podcast from this perspective, but it should be communicated upfront.

Also, such a podcast should not be called “the autism podcast” and it definitely shouldn’t describe itself as “the definitive autism related podcast”. This is insulting to the podcasts that are actually by and for autistic people.

(Note: I realise they said they would actually talk to an autistic person in episode 3. And I’m sure they have other autistic guests later on. This doesn’t change the overall points I’ve been making here.)

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