32 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.

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    • Society & Culture

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.

    Holly Smale on finding love

    Holly Smale on finding love

    How do you explain being in a long term loving relationship when you’ve not really had one yet? In her latest novel, The Cassandra Complex, Holly Smale attempts just that.
    She tells us about accidentally and then deliberately writing an autistic character, how being an autistic woman has left her vulnerable, and how being diagnosed later in life has affected her dating life.
    We also get tips from our listeners on how to find love and make sure they’re right for you.
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds. Email us: stim@bbc.co.uk.

    • 36 min
    ‘Monotropism has changed my life’

    ‘Monotropism has changed my life’

    Monotropism. That’s a big word isn’t it? Well for one of our hosts it’s been a massive one.
    Jamie says it’s changed his life, so we are joined by one of the first people to theorise it, Dr Wenn Lawson, to explain just what it is and why it could help autistic people and those around them to live happier lives.
    It could help explain how our minds focus so well on one thing, why we have such intense interests, and why switching between tasks can be painful.
    Speaking of special interests, we also hear from some of our listeners about theirs and how their interests have helped them.
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds. Email us: stim@bbc.co.uk.

    • 27 min
    ‘Is my dog autistic?’ with Chris Packham

    ‘Is my dog autistic?’ with Chris Packham

    Presenter Chris Packham has made another documentary for the BBC about autistic people. He tells us about making Inside Our Autistic Minds and the amazing people he met whilst doing it.
    We ask how his view of autism has changed since his last documentary,and whether he’s been trying to unmask. He explains how his thoughts can often rub up against those of other autistic people.
    Watch Inside Our Autistic Minds on BBC iPlayer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p0bbnh47/
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds. Email us: stim@bbc.co.uk.

    • 29 min
    How to cope with change

    How to cope with change

    Changes in life are hard for everyone, but for autistic people they come with that extra layer of complexity. Whether that’s your first time getting the bus alone,or going from school to college.
    We speak to Harvey, from the charity Ambitious about Autism, a national charity for autistic children and young people. He’s from their Ambitious Youth Network, which they describe as a “safe online space for autistic young people aged 16-25 to help them understand their autistic identity.”
    We also hear from you, our listeners, on how to handle change and learning to laugh when it goes a bit wrong! Thank you to Anna, Caroline, Mike and all our other listeners we didn’t manage to include. You can always email us at stim@bbc.co.uk.
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds.

    • 26 min
    Chloé Hayden on her autistic character in Heartbreak High

    Chloé Hayden on her autistic character in Heartbreak High

    In the middle of her UK book tour, Australian actress Chloé Hayden joins Jamie and Robyn in the studio to ask about her many hats.
    After shooting to worldwide fame as Quinni in Heartbreak High, in between giving talks advocating for autistic people, she’s also written her first book: "Different, Not Less: A neurodivergent's guide to embracing your true self and finding your happily ever after".
    Jamie and Robyn ask: How on earth has a 25-year-old managed all that?!
    The award-winning actress takes us through her journey including doctors thinking she’d been kicked in the head by one of her horses, moving to home schooling to save her life, and having to act out a meltdown in front of the cameras. Plus a listener has a question about being overestimated.
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds. Email us: stim@bbc.co.uk.

    • 32 min
    We're back!

    We're back!

    Welcome to series 4! After nearly two years away, we are back, with our handbook to life for people with autism.
    Jamie and Robyn return to answer your questions on what they’ve been up to and how they’ve been. From health updates and adapted buggies to new jobs and e-bikes, so much has changed in the past couple of years that we’ve had to give them a whole episode to fit it all in!
    We also introduce a new member of our team as Producer Drew joins the team to make us an all neurodivergent podcast. The hosts grill him on why he’s joined us and how he came to the BBC.
    You’ll also get a sneak peek into the rest of the upcoming series. It’s packed with big names sharing their experiences, input from our brilliant listeners and bigger topics than ever before. You won’t want to miss it!
    Presented by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Drew Hyndman and Edited by Clare Fordham.
    Listen via your smart speaker by saying "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" and subscribe on BBC Sounds. Email us: stim@bbc.co.uk.

    • 15 min

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