6 episodes

For years, Lauren Ober wasn’t all that jazzed about herself. She was always getting in trouble, she had weird sensory issues and her anxiety felt off the charts. Plus, socially she kind of sucked. Life for Lauren just seemed harder than it should have been at 42. And then, in the middle of a global pandemic, she found out why — she was autistic. The Loudest Girl in the World is a new podcast that tells the story of Lauren’s journey to understand what the hell it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person. It's about finding yourself broken in a place you never expected to be and emerging from that place a mostly glued back together person.

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    • 4.6 • 177 Ratings

For years, Lauren Ober wasn’t all that jazzed about herself. She was always getting in trouble, she had weird sensory issues and her anxiety felt off the charts. Plus, socially she kind of sucked. Life for Lauren just seemed harder than it should have been at 42. And then, in the middle of a global pandemic, she found out why — she was autistic. The Loudest Girl in the World is a new podcast that tells the story of Lauren’s journey to understand what the hell it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person. It's about finding yourself broken in a place you never expected to be and emerging from that place a mostly glued back together person.

    1 - Talking: A Love Story

    1 - Talking: A Love Story

    Lauren loves to talk. She’ll talk to anyone — baristas, postal carriers, neighborhood dog walkers. But her talking is more than just idle chit chat — it’s a kind of compulsion that’s gotten her in a lot of trouble over her life. Lauren’s never been able to turn it off and has never been able to figure out why… until recently, thanks to a diagnosis that changed everything.
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    • 29 min
    2 - Goodbye, Routine; Hello, Meltdown!

    2 - Goodbye, Routine; Hello, Meltdown!

    The pandemic upended nearly everyone’s lives. It caused people to reevaluate their jobs, their relationships, their lives. For Lauren, the pandemic meant a collapse of her daily routine. When the day-to-day fell apart, so did Lauren. After a while, she needed to understand why. Her creeping suspicion that there was something going on in her brain got louder and louder. So she did something about it.
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    • 32 min
    3 - Little Robots and Casual Rockers

    3 - Little Robots and Casual Rockers

    If you want to get evaluated for autism, you have to take some tests. But the earliest autism evaluations suggested that autistic kids were like little robots who wore the same clothes every day and looked through people like they were ghosts. So when Lauren decided to get evaluated, she was stepping into a problematic history. Still, she needed to do it.
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    • 31 min
    4 - Hannah Gadsby Is My Bestie

    4 - Hannah Gadsby Is My Bestie

    So Lauren finally got her autism diagnosis. But what the hell did that even mean? Where is the neurodiversity roadmap for someone diagnosed in their 40s? Turns out, there isn’t one. So Lauren has to make it up on her own. It’s time to do a deep dive into the world of autism. Which in itself is very autistic. Let’s get our research on!
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    • 36 min
    5 - Let's Talk About Hard Things

    5 - Let's Talk About Hard Things

    It’s no fun being autistic all by yourself. If you feel comfortable, you have to tell folks and let them into your truth. So it’s disclosure time for Lauren. It’s time to tell her pals this wild new thing she’s learned about herself. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. Predictably, things get…kinda awkward. So Lauren calls in an expert — her pal Anna Sale, host of the podcast Death, Sex & Money — for advice.
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    • 43 min
    Introducing: The Loudest Girl in the World

    Introducing: The Loudest Girl in the World

    The Loudest Girl in the World is a new podcast that tells the story of Lauren Ober's journey to understand what the hell it means to be on the autism spectrum and how to live life as a newly diagnosed autistic person. It's about finding yourself broken in a place you never expected to be and emerging from that place a mostly glued back together person.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Glassesdot80 ,

Thank you!

Lauren’s story really resonates — I was just diagnosed last year at the age of 40. Thank you so much for this podcast!

ShortTuffStuff ,

Finally. Someone to talk to…

The cathartic cry I had after listening to every episode was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time.
Right now, I am that frightening crossroads of accepting my autistic self and healing the unprocessed sadness of the little girl who was always paddling as hard as she could. I wish I could give ten stars. Thank you, Lauren.

Thinkinallthetime247 ,

HELLO I NEED HELP

What I want to know is how I get help, I’m 52 and I am this person… I am just like.. and I have no diagnosis of Autism, HELP!

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