The Squarepeg podcast invites autistic women, and trans and nonbinary people, to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
S4, Ep5: Fatigue, hypnotherapy and getting in tune with your own energy as an autistic person
Kathy Carter is a writer and neurodiversity-affirming hypnotherapist. She works with neurodivergent, highly sensitive and anxious clients and her hypnotherapy is adapted to autistic needs.
S4, Ep4: Self acceptance, autism and gender - and how sharing your story can change your life
Yenn Purkis is an inspirational autistic and non-binary author, advocate, public speaker and community leader from Canberra in Australia. Their journey has taken them from serving time in prison, poverty and rejecting their autism diagnosis, to self acceptance, advocacy and a successful career.
S4, Ep3: Hormones, reproductive and mental health and stepping into our sensory selves
Becky Beasley is an award winning visual artist who has battled with mental health and hormonal problems, prompting her to go on a research journey that ultimately lead to her autism diagnosis in February this year.
S4, Ep2: Ability and disability: getting the right support to thrive in academic settings
Daisy Shearer is a PhD candidate in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Surrey in the UK. Now 25, she was diagnosed autistic at 21. I discovered her through her very popular Instagram account, Notes from the Physics Lab, where she shares snapshots of quantum tech research life and her work as a semiconductor spintronics researcher.
S4, Ep1: Holly Smale: Synaesthesia, hyperlexia and accidentally writing an autistic book-child
In my conversation with award-winning author Holly Smale we talk about hyperlexia, synaesthesia, her lifelong special interest in books and writing - and accidentally writing an autistic character.
S3, Ep12: Workplace challenges, burnout cycles and why autistic business owners are thriving online
In my conversation with autistic business coach Jo Casey we talk sensory challenges, workplace struggles, burnout, her journey from employee to business owner as an undiagnosed autistic person, and why self employment can be a good fit for autistic people.
You’re a witch, Hermione
Getting my ASD diagnosis as an adult was like getting the letter from Hogwarts that never came. Listening to Squarepeg is like walking into the Leaky Cauldron for the first time and meeting all the other muggle-born witches and wizards who wandered in earlier. Thank you, Amy!
Interesting and helpful
I have learned so much from listening to your conversations!
Life changing and validating
Thank you so much for this podcast. Hearing the intricacies of people’s stories on the spectrum in this kind, compassionate format has been so validating and honestly, life changing for me. I am recently self diagnosed (though an ex-partner named this for me over a decade ago, I wasn’t ready to hear it then). This year it became undeniable and I have been in the process of educating myself. This podcast has made me both laugh and cry with recognition and validation and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Thank you for your work!