Autistic, ADHD, Dyspraxic, Dyscalculic, Tourette‘s and OCD guests tell us about their childhoods, education, work and personal life and how their mental health has been impacted by being wired differently.
S1 Ep9. Sam Warner talks about her life as an autistic, ADHD, PDA, HSP, SPD, dyslexic and dyspraxic late diagnosed woman
I so enjoyed our talk. Sam is a vibrant and determined entrepreneur and has worked in a petrol station, for a big gas company and in the Police. She is also a well known Toastmaster.
We talk about her role as an autistic interpreter and her struggles with anorexia athletica and getting out of a narcissistic relationship.
Lots to listen to, inform, support and inspire!
Sam's website: https://get-your-message-across.com/
Her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samwarner/
S1 Ep8. Chantelle Minchin tells her candid and heart-warming story of being a late diagnosed autistic woman
Though Chantelle has had many struggles in her life. what comes out from this honest and open episode is her constant desire to help others and to advocate both in education and the workplace.
Through many difficult experiences at school, including neglect and being forgotten on a school trip, to her mental breakdown and feelings of loneliness, her sensory issues and a lack of confidence, Chantelle’s determination shines through.
What an inspiring and warm hearted person.
Read Charlotte's article about being autistic and working in the NHS:
S1 Ep7. Miguel Toribio-Mateas talks about ADHD, fibromyalgia, university and gut health
Miguel shares his journey as a mature student and his frustrations when, as an undiagnosed ADHD adult, he struggled with getting the vital support he needed while studying for his degree.
We talk executive function, the pain of fibromyalgia, and coping with chronic stress in a world not accommodating to his obvious neurodivergence.
Miguel tells me about his love for his Labradors, and how he finds the best ways to de-stress are being a DJ and spending time with his loving partner. He also offers fascinating insights into how good gut health can improve mental health.
An all round jolly nice chap and an inspiring conversation.
S1 Ep6. Samantha Grierson on her fantastic audio plays all about autism and her life on the spectrum
Samantha Grierson talks about her series of fabulous audio plays, meltdowns, puppy magic and family.
Samantha has written a series of incredible plays - Crocodile, Mole, Henpire, Kitty and How to Drop a Piano - set across the ages and in different parts of the UK. Discover the wonderful well known actors she chose to star in them, and her own personal stories that they are set around, encompassing the themes of motherhood, LGBT and getting old.
Samantha is autistic and ADHD, seeing herself as both a 'poodle' and a 'lion'. She shares what it is like to live through rolling meltdowns, socially awkward nightmares, food issues, her family of neurodivergents and her separate career as a successful Change Strategist, showing how her different mind blows stigma out of the water. We can all be the best we can be, whatever our diversity.
She shares how she dresses down for black tie events, how her puppy helped her to cope and is learning to be a service dog, exercise, and the vital grounding for her mental health that is Home.
Samantha's podcast: https://anchor.fm/samantha-grierson
Her website: https://socroc.co.uk/
S1 Ep5. Amy Richards talks autism, teaching, burnout and the Squarepeg Podcast
For anyone who wants to learn more about autism, Amy Richards shares her captivating journey from undiagnosed autistic high school teacher to becoming self employed and publishing 53 podcast episodes for our wonderful Autistic Community.
From being the good, quiet girl at school Amy ended up using alcohol as a coping strategy through university. A teaching career led to repeated burnouts, until Amy forged a new successful career working for herself in the world of coaching, web design and marketing.
Be inspired and educated as you hear how this dedicated advocate learned how to survive and thrive in a world that doesn’t quite fit.
Amy's podcast, blog and autism resources: https://squarepeg.community/
Her business website: https://amyrichards.wales/
S1 Ep4. All about Autism from one of the UK’s leading Ambassadors, Paul Isaacs
Author of five books, Presenter, Consultant and CBeebies contributor, Paul Isaacs shares his remarkable story of overcoming many challenges in order to live his authentic and full life.
Paul’s parents thought he was deaf, blind and disabled as a baby. He was non verbal until age 7 and was bullied relentlessly through his life. Yet despite having Visual Perception Disorder, severe OCD and being traumatised by language difficulties, Paul has become one of the most well known Autistic Advocates in the UK. Sharing platforms with Donna Williams, Temple Grandin and more, Paul has done more for autism awareness and action and language than most.
This episode is an honest and heart-warming journey into the life of a person who shows what it means to be Actually Autistic.
Paul's blog: https://theisaacs22.wordpress.com/
His website: https://sites.google.com/site/paulisaacscouk
His book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Isaacs/e/B00B7ADUTK/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1