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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

Beyond 6 Seconds Carolyn Kiel

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 106 Ratings

First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

    ADHD and the Black neurodivergent community

    ADHD and the Black neurodivergent community

    Rickey Z is a Pre-K Special Education teacher who started her podcast management business in 2020. She is a co-host on Woe Nelly Media's "Geekin' Out" and is in partnership with ADHD + Black, an up-and-coming organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for the Black neurodivergent community. Rickey Z was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 30 while in the process of coming to terms with untreated depression and anxiety.
    During this episode, you will hear Rickey Z talk about:
    How she discovered that had ADHD at the age of 30 What it was like growing up as a Black girl with undiagnosed ADHD Why she thinks boys are identified as neurodivergent at younger ages than girls are How realizing she has ADHD impacts how she views and manages her depression and anxiety Managing her life as a special education teacher, mother and owner of a podcast management business How her partnership with ADHD + Black creates resources to support Black neurodivergent people You can find out more about Rickey Z and her work on:
    Instagram: @rickeyz_social and @adhdandblack TikTok: @rickey_z Twitter: @RickeyZ_Social and @ADHDandBlack Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 26 min
    Disability representation in media with Jeremy Andrew Davis

    Disability representation in media with Jeremy Andrew Davis

    Jeremy Andrew Davis is a screenwriter, film director, and consultant for disability representation in media. He describes himself as multi-disabled with several neurodivergencies as well as chronic illnesses. As a recognized name in disability, he became one of 12 LinkedIn Top Voices of Disability Advocacy of 2022. Jeremy is also a social media influencer with more than 100 million video views across his career, including a TikTok channel that grew to almost 300,000 followers after only six months.
    During this episode, you will hear Jeremy talk about:
    How he discovered his neurodivergencies later in life The types of stories he has been telling through his filmmaking, starting from a young age His processes for writing characters – and how he writes diverse casts of characters outside of his own identities and lived experiences What’s required to make media that’s authentically representative of people with disabilities (it’s more than just hiring a disability consultant!) His thoughts on the representation of autistic people on TV, like Love on the Spectrum and Extraordinary Attorney Woo – and what media he feels is getting autistic representation right What led him to start his TikTok account, and how the content he creates there is different from his other writing and filmmaking Find out more about Jeremy and his work on his website and TikTok.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 48 min
    Autastic support for late-diagnosed autistic people of color

    Autastic support for late-diagnosed autistic people of color

    Diane J. Wright is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility media consultant working in film and television. She is also the founder of Autastic.com, which provides resources and community for late-identified autistic people of color and their allies.
    During this episode, you will hear Diane talk about:
    How burnout led her to discover that she is autistic and has ADHD Why it is difficult for her to detangle the intersections of her racial, gender and neurodivergent identities What inspired her to create Autastic.com How the Autastic community encourages meaningful conversations and connections among late-identified autistic people of color and their allies The valuable curated resources for late-diagnosed autistic adults on Autastic The life-changing impact that Autastic has had on its community members Her hope for more Black and brown autistic people to find each other, feel less alone and less vulnerable Visit www.autastic.com for more information about Autastic and check out www.autastic.com/support for ways to support their mission.
    You can also find Autastic on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 31 min
    Leaning into your ADHD strengths with Dr. Lola Day

    Leaning into your ADHD strengths with Dr. Lola Day

    Dr. Lola Day is a multi-passionate busy mother of 3, a pediatric cardiologist, podcaster and ADHD trained life coach and productivity strategist for women. She is also the CEO and Founder of LollieTasking, a coaching and consulting firm that teaches high achieving, easily distracted professional women how to accomplish their goals without overwhelm or their brain sabotaging their efforts.
    During this episode, Lola talks about:
    How she learned she had ADHD while in medical school How she compensated for the challenges and leveraged the strengths of her ADHD, even before getting her diagnosis The systems she put in place – the processes, people, structures and more -- that helped her succeed How she became an ADHD trained life coach to help people lean into their interests and build their own systems for success Why coaching that works for neurotypical people may not work for people with ADHD – and what techniques people with ADHD may want to try instead Find out more about Lola on her podcast, LollieTasking with ADHD, on Instagram @lollietasker, and by email at hello at lollietasking.com.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 43 min
    Tourette Syndrome representation in film with Jack RH O'Sullivan

    Tourette Syndrome representation in film with Jack RH O'Sullivan

    Jack RH O'Sullivan is an award-winning independent filmmaker and film director based in London. He is autistic, has Tourette Syndrome and OCD. He has directed ten short films including “Tourettes & I”, a coming-of-age drama about his own experiences with Tourette’s. With this film, he intends to raise awareness about Tourette Syndrome, so others don't have to go through the tough childhood of bullying and misinformation he went through.
    During this episode, you will hear Jack talk about:
    His late diagnosis of Tourette’s, autism, and OCD and how that affected his early life in school The negative and misleading depictions of Tourette’s in the media, and the authentic representation that “Tourettes & I” brings to the big screen Casting an actor with Tourette's in the film's lead role  How the UK charity Tourettes Action supported the film The film's impact on audiences and at film festivals Learn more about “Tourettes & I” and Jack’s other films on Movie Making Media's website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
    Watch "Tourettes & I" for free starting on New Year’s Day 2023 at DarkSkyTV.com.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 30 min
    Mary Borman talks about Down Syndrome advocacy and competitive swimming

    Mary Borman talks about Down Syndrome advocacy and competitive swimming

    October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and I'm excited to host my first podcast guest who is talking about Down syndrome! Mary Borman is an ambassador for Down syndrome and 2018 Self-Advocate of the Year for the National Down Syndrome Society. We recorded this episode a few weeks ago, while Mary was preparing to compete at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Portugal this month.
    We talk about several of Mary's accomplishments, which include:
    Swimming competitively and winning medals at the Special Olympics National Games and Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships Modeling in Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week Lobbying for disability rights and legislation Speaking to organizations across the U.S. about Down syndrome Learn more about Mary and her work at MaryBorman.com and follow her on Instagram and TikTok.
    Watch the video of this interview on YouTube!
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    Support this podcast at BuyMeACoffee.com/Beyond6Seconds and get a shout-out on a future episode!
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    *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

drphil8mybaby ,

Powerful

This show is so impactful, inspirational, and informative! I’ve learned so much that I can actually use in my career and daily life. Carolyn is tackling difficult and important subjects - doing the work of spreading education about neurodiversity and fighting against stigma. The episodes are a short listen, making it easy to binge and easy to check it out…so DO it!

savvy_entrepreneur ,

Great rapport between host and guests

Nice, on-point, insightful, fun where needed, and inspiring podcast. The host is very relaxed and does a great job of building a rapport with guests.

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Thought provoking & Inspiring!

This show helps you see the world through the eyes of other people in an inspiring and uplifting way. It helps capture the human spirit -- and how with effort -- each of us can be our best selves. I eagerly await each episode!!!

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