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.
19. S2, Ep9. Tahleel Javed, a psychiatric doctor and CEO of the Society for Tourette’s, Autism and Neurodiversity, talks about her autism and ADHD
Tahleel Javed is a specialist doctor within the field of psychiatry, and CEO of STAND - the Society for Tourette's, Autism and Neurodiversity. We talk about her autism and ADHD, the huge amount of work being done to support our neurodivergent community, and what it means to be human.
Tahleel and I have walked a similar path and we share stories about our families, including emotional experiences around our mothers.
She was 26 when she came to England from Pakistan in 2020 and promptly caught COVID, leading to Long COVID, and she shares her traumatic journey to recovery. Just two years later she is working with incredible people from diverse fields all over the world. We met when I was invited to a brilliant Meet and Greet and spoke to members of the Royal College of Psychiatry, musicians, artists and autistic people changing policy within Government.
Tahleel for me is what advocating for the neurodivergent community is really about, and her story is inspiring and emotional. This honest and evocative conversation is one of my favourites so far.
You can find out more about what Tahleel does by following these links:
18. S2, Ep8. Podcaster and YouTuber Melly Moore talks about her ADHD and anxiety journey and workplace challenges
Melly Moore is a Podcaster and YouTuber from Quebec, Canada. In this episode she talks about her ADHD and anxiety journey and challenges in the workplace, and gives a special message for change.
With difficult challenges throughout her life, Melly has chosen to help others within the Neurodivergent and Mental Health Community. We talk about how hard school was for her as an ADHDer, bullying, family struggles and more.
She started meds at aged six, then came off them at fourteen, believing they were a placebo. Her sheer determination shows us that when we keep pushing forward we can succeed in the things we want to do.
Melly has so much passion and enthusiasm, and her smile and personality shines through. An inspiring and engaging conversation.
Melly's YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCt8a9Btiy62kYUeCCnlVlzw
Her TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZML98UE6G/
Her Instagram: https://instagram.com/adhdmelly
Her LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melly-moore
17. S2, Ep7. Eoin Stephens shares his autistic life working with special needs young people, as a trainer and counsellor, and as an advocate for our community
Coming from a large Irish family, Eoin could see autism amongst his parents and siblings - in retrospect. Their neurodivergent life together was happy and supportive. A different story developed during the transition from school to college and he describes the big challenges of attempting to fit in, experiencing acute loneliness and living with depression.
Eoin didn’t discover his autism until later in life, but he knew he wanted to work with young people and adults at just twenty. He studied, worked hard and discovered what a fulfilling and rewarding career working within the neurodivergent community truly is.
We talk about his assessment and diagnosis journey, mental health and the challenges and successes of living in a world that can be confusing, lonely and full of ups and downs.
A wonderful chat, full of inspiration!
Social Media:https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Informed-Therapy-Institute-101827435032551 https://www.linkedin.com/in/eoinstephens/ https://www.facebook.com/Autistically-Minded-100373764776410 https://www.instagram.com/autisticallyminded/
16. S2, Ep6. Entrepreneur Luke Manton talks about his Tourette’s and OCD journey
In this episode, Luke Manton talks about his Tourette's and OCD journey.
Luke is an Entrepreneur - and a total dynamo. He left home at 16 and found himself a job as an Event Manager soon after. University followed, and now Luke runs a successful Virtual Assistant agency.
Luke also talks about his experiences on many platforms, inspiring children and adults alike. His video series, Ticced Off, has gone viral.
This episode is a must to discover how Luke's Tourette's journey began, and gives a clear message that just because you might tic, swear and say inappropriate phrases you can still be amazing and fulfil your life passions.
What an inspiring talk with this fabulous guest.
15. S2, Ep 5. Sarah Templeton: Everything you always wanted to know about ADHD, but were to afraid to ask!
Therapist Sarah Templeton had a horrible journey to get her ADHD diagnosis, and was finally diagnosed aged 51. She talks about her co-occurring severe dyspraxia and dyscalculia and challenging times (and successes) at school.
Sarah worked extremely hard and through her determined efforts became an author, activist and advocate for the ADHD community, talking in Parliament about the woeful inadequacies of the prison system not recognising the huge volume of inmates who are ADHD.
She works with parents, teachers and policy changers, using her selfless grit to help many thousands of children and adults get the support they need to survive (and indeed to thrive) in a neurotypical world, and to use the many amazing skills we ADHDers have. She is the author of 'How NOT to Murder your ADHD kid - Instead learn to be your child’s own ADHD Coach'.
Get ready for some fast talking in this fascinating and jam-packed episode!
ADHD Author and ADHD Therapist - Sarah Templeton
14. S2, Ep4. Madge Woollard celebrates her autism and talks about her career as a piano teacher, her marriage to wife Jo, and the cat cafe!
In this episode, Madge Woollard celebrates her autism and talks about her long career as a piano teacher, being in a great marriage with her wife Jo, and the cat cafe!
Madge was very much supported by her teachers at school so she could follow her passion of music, which lead to her winning a scholarship to Cambridge University. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing; as a teenager, Madge had an eating disorder, and she has struggled through menopause.
She was a joy to interview, sharing her personal life, challenges and successes, and her positivity is contagious. She also talks about her collaboration on a truly meaningful new book about autism for teachers, and about her passion for writing music, including theme tunes.
Madge's teaching website:https://mwoollard.webs.com/
Her music on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/375QHFhNlxwoOT0edQLDko?si=Q9NTlj3IR6uWf6y9kwc_jA
Her theatre group https://www.spectrumtheatresheffield.com/
Audio play “How to Drop a Piano” by Samantha Grierson https://anchor.fm/samantha-grierson/episodes/How-to-Drop-a-Piano-e17goki
The book for teachers, to be published in April:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Autistic-Teachers-Neurodiversity-Inclusive-School/dp/1839971266/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KLRJZ3SMP6KZ&keywords=learning+from+autistic+teachers&qid=1643900453&sprefix=Learning+from+aut%2Caps%2C82&sr=8-1