16 episodes

From home and family to humour and epic geekiness, this is a funny and enlightening podcast about thinking differently. With autistic hosts Robyn Steward, Jamie Knight and guests.

1800 Seconds on Autism BBC

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From home and family to humour and epic geekiness, this is a funny and enlightening podcast about thinking differently. With autistic hosts Robyn Steward, Jamie Knight and guests.

    ‘A Mexican wave of flapping’

    ‘A Mexican wave of flapping’

    In the final official episode of series 2, Robyn and Jamie respond to emails from listeners.

    Robyn’s advice for an autistic teenager on staying safe and getting by at school morphs into a geeky chat about ear defenders.

    Jamie explains why he takes Lego and colouring books to social gatherings and sits on the floor during work meetings. And listener Fritz teaches everybody his complicated clapping stim.

    Jamie is missing from the beginning and end of this podcast due to low energy levels during lockdown. But he’s safe and getting stronger, and plans are underway to record another coronavirus extra episode in June.

    With Robyn Steward and support bat Henry, Jamie Knight and Lion.

    Produced by Emma Tracey

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    • 27 min
    What’s your bedtime routine?

    What’s your bedtime routine?

    In the penultimate episode of this season of 1800 Seconds on Autism, YouTuber Agony Autie Sara Harvey has advice for autistic parents.

    Planning an office in a cupboard sparks joy for Jamie, and he and Robyn reveal how weighted blankets and familiar voices play a part in their carefully honed bedtime rituals.

    Just to prepare you, next week’s episode will officially be the last one in this series. However, another coronavirus extra might just land in your podcast feed some time in June.

    With Robyn Steward and support bat Henry, Jamie Knight and Lion.

    Produced by Emma Tracey

    Subscribe on BBC Sounds and say "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" to your smart speaker.
    Email stim@bbc.co.uk

    • 27 min
    ‘I don’t do the wee dance’

    ‘I don’t do the wee dance’

    When parking-related overwhelm means their guest can’t take part, Robyn and Jamie discuss how they manage sudden change.



    A cafe closure complicates Jamie’s daily life. Robyn rethinks her living situation to get more help. And the conversation turns to how some autistic people struggle with knowing what’s wrong when they’re unwell.



    With Robyn Steward and support bat Henry, Jamie Knight and Lion.



    Produced by Emma Tracey

    Subscribe on BBC Sounds and say "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" to your smart speaker.
    Email stim@bbc.co.uk

    • 32 min
    Coronavirus Extra: Autism at the A&E

    Coronavirus Extra: Autism at the A&E

    What if you are autistic and get Covid-19 symptoms? For Robyn, previous hospital visits have been tricky and caused great anxiety.


    On this shorter episode, with her doctor's surgery closed, Robyn tells Jamie about her solo visit to A&E in an ambulance to get checked out.

    They discuss when and how to let A&E staff know you are autistic, why walls are better than curtains and the pros and cons of wearing a face mask.

    Produced by Emma Tracey
    Subscribe on BBC Sounds and say "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" to your smart speaker.
    Email stim@bbc.co.uk

    • 7 min
    ‘My days are never the same’

    ‘My days are never the same’

    Peter Street started his working life as a gravedigger before becoming a gardener, running a restaurant and teaching in prisons.



    The author grew up with epilepsy and a learning disability. But it was therapy for PTSD stemming from his time as a war poet in Croatia, which lead to an autism diagnosis aged 64.



    Humorous stories about losing five inches in height in a forestry accident, reading fairy tales to young offenders and his two week stay at a brothel keep Robyn and Jamie entertained during this wide-ranging chat.



    With Robyn Steward, her support bat Henry, Jamie Knight and Lion.



    Produced by Emma Tracey.



    Subscribe to the podcast on BBC Sounds or say "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" to your smart speaker.



    Email stim@bbc.co.uk

    • 29 min
    Meltdowns and shutdowns

    Meltdowns and shutdowns

    This episode is about a difficult aspect of autistic life and includes discussion about the urge to give yourself physical pain to get some relief from extreme emotions. You may want to avoid this one if you feel fragile or if children are around.

    Meltdowns are an outward explosion of emotions whereas shutdowns are when some autistic people internalise what’s happening and withdraw and go quiet as a result. Robyn holds onto her support bat Henry as she relives her most recent meltdown and describes the impact it had.

    We phone autistic mum of autistic kids Shona Murphy who is an expert on "behaviour that challenges" - learning to punch a pillow rather than throw an iPad are the kind of tactics she advocates.

    Another guest, Jonny Profane, had shutdowns for 60 years and didn't know why until he was diagnosed recently. He talks about the Embarrassment and shame he feels when they happen.

    This podcast is longer than usual because the presenters weren't ready to leave when the producer said they could leave, so they kept talking. The final 15 minutes of this episode are even more raw and honest than usual.

    With Robyn Steward, her support bat Henry, Jamie Knight and Lion.

    Produced by Emma Tracey.

    Subscribe to the podcast on BBC Sounds or say "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" to your smart speaker.

    Email stim@bbc.co.uk

    • 45 min

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