26 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 Radio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 71 Ratings

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.

    'I fear for the safety of my black autistic son'

    'I fear for the safety of my black autistic son'

    Melissa Simmonds is black and autistic, as are her children. In this episode she talks about the anxiety she feels when her 16-year-old stims in public, and what he might do if stopped by police.

    How would you feel if a builder arrived an hour earlier than expected? Listener Daisy was overwhelmed when her plans had to suddenly alter and says 1800 Seconds on Autism helped her get through. You're welcome.

    This is the last episode in the current series. We've published regularly since March 20, the start of the covid-19 pandemic, and it has been a pleasure to be with you during such unsettling times. Please stay subscribed, because you never know when a one-off special might appear. The stim@bbc.co.uk inbox is still active too.

    With Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Emma Tracey.

    Want to listen? The easiest way is to tell your smart speaker "Ask the BBC for 1800 Seconds on Autism" or find us on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts from.

    • 31 min
    'Neurotypicals are baffling'

    'Neurotypicals are baffling'

    This is the one where we get through some of your emails.

    Jamie describes how it feels when the "mouth words" won't come.

    Robyn explains why wearing her favourite jumper to a medical appointment helps "cocoon" her from what's happening and how a whiteboard beside her front door helps to structure the week.

    The two autistic presenters also bond over how confusing neurotypical people can be.

    With Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight. Produced by Emma Tracey and Damon Rose.

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    • 32 min
    'I don't know how much pain I'm in'

    'I don't know how much pain I'm in'

    Our podcast host Jamie attended A&E three times recently with excruciating pain but because he couldn't describe it, he was sent home. Autistic people often can't explain severity or location of discomfort and he was only admitted to hospital when outward signs, screaming and black-outs, showed it was serious.

    It's now thought that Jamie had sepsis and, when he stopped being able to walk, they began to realise he has a spinal injury.

    We discuss what could have been done differently and Jamie's assistant Oli describes the system he has designed to help autistic people communicate pain.

    With Robin Steward and Jamie Knight

    Produced by Emma Tracey.

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    • 28 min
    We’ll be back soon

    We’ll be back soon

    There is no episode this month but we’ll be back soon.

    Jamie has been very unwell over the last few weeks, leading to A&E visits and hospital stays. He is doing much better now though, recovering at home and managing his energy levels.

    We’ve spoken before on the podcast about how tricky being autistic and in hospital can be so as you can imagine, Jamie has lots of important stuff to share about his recent experiences.

    All being well, Jamie and Robyn will be back in late April with an episode focusing on healthcare.

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    • 1 min
    Fern Brady on her recent autism diagnosis

    Fern Brady on her recent autism diagnosis

    Just two weeks after an autism diagnosis, comedian Fern Brady gets support from our podcast hosts Robyn and Jamie.

    Like many others, Fern waited until lockdown broke all her routines before seeking help. In fact, she says it became cheaper to pay for a private diagnosis than to repair her house when meltdowns led to "punched walls and cracked light switches".

    The successful stand-up describes the journey from GP contact onwards, and gets reassurance from the presenters that feelings of embarrassment and denial are very common.

    With Robyn Stewart and Jamie Knight. Produced by Emma Tracey.

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    • 32 min
    What is auti-gender?

    What is auti-gender?

    Blogger Neurodivergent Rebel explores why sex and gender are big topics in the autistic community, and talks about the two metaphorical closets they had to “come out” of.

    Listener Madge has advice for young autistic people starting their gender journey.

    And ... it's the third lockdown everyone. Jamie hopes never to need a Covid test as "sticking a long thing in his nose" might stop him speaking for weeks. Robyn, who has been tested twice, helps out with a big dose of reassurance and explains how she handles the unpleasant feelings.

    With Robyn Stewart and Jamie Knight. Produced by Emma Tracey.

    Subscribe on BBC Sounds or say to your smart speaker "ask the BBC for 1800 seconds on autism"
    email stim@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts and questions.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

hi_there6492 ,

Come Back!!!!

This is one of my favorite podcasts, and I’ve listened to all of the episodes more than once. The presenters are very fun to listen to and simultaneously knowledgeable and hilarious. Everything they talk about is relatable and they provide great insight into autistic daily life. I love this podcast, and I miss it dearly. Please consider making more episodes!

oldjohnhall ,

Coke back!!

I miss this when it’s gone

SNL&JazzBuff ,

So relatable

I just heard about this podcast today & I’m glad that I did. I’m (mildly) autistic myself and I can relate so much to these hosts. If you want to learn more about autism, as well as those who have it, then you should check out this show!

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