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Thoughty Auti - The Autism & Mental Health Podcast

Thoughty Auti - The Autism & Mental Health Podcast

By Thoughty Auti
Welcome to the Thoughty Auti Podcast - Join Thomas Henley in his conversations with inspiring individuals from across the globe //
Inside the ever-evolving realm of social media, it's often expected that we focus purely on information, but with this we can overlook the human components of stories and experiences

The goal? To learn; understand. To bring people together and talk about everything from controversial topics, to inspiring stories, and even engage ourselves in a dash of intellectual debate

You can expect bi-weekly episodes that dive deep into stories, people topics and experiences
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Israeli Celebrity Talks Autism - Embracing Autism Acceptance For Happiness w/ Dr Mordehai Benhamou
How do you improve your relationship with autism? What does self acceptance feel like? What is autism acceptance like across cultures? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Dr. Mordehai Benhamou - a researcher and lecturer at the Israeli Autism Research Center. The Jerusalem based pioneer in autism advocacy, Mordi is somewhat of a celebrity in his country for his appearances on Israeli TV. With his #1 bestselling book ‘Autism, Falafel And Rock & Roll’ topping the charts in Israeli, he continues to have an impact the lives of neurotypicals and autistic people alike. Mordi shares his experiences in France, Israel and Algeria, noting that autistic people in Israel are perceived as the “closest human beings to God”. The Israeli army have also been recruiting autistic people in the Intelligence Services due to their special skills. In France, Neurodiverse individuals are held as disabled or more ironically... a Charlatan. Being a man of science, Dr. Benhamou explains the positive and negative consequences of integrating science into every area of his life; Sociology and Psychology being areas that both improved his understanding of the world, but also contributed to masking. He didn’t give himself space to explore his autistic self. Mordi’s journey of self-acceptance started at a cross road. On one hand he could keep blaming others for his unhappiness, and on the other he could take responsibility for his own development. Through his Psychologist Efrat, his eyes were opened by her willingness to accept her flaws. She taught him how to do the same. Perhaps the hardest challenge to overcome is yourself. Building that sense of confidence from the inside-out is a difficult feat, but especially when you mask and hide your true nature from the world. To be someone else is to become a pale copy of them. “You can learn and imitate, but one day like Oedipus you must kill your father” Mordi recognises that personal development is often based on the examples of others, but you may only be free when you develop your own brand. Honesty with the world and yourself is the core message behind this episode, so sit back and enjoy a conversation between these two inspirational men! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Mordi's Links:- Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autism-Falafel-Rock-Roll-atypical-ebook/dp/B089ZZMMGM YouTube - https://youtube.com/c/TheAutisticGuitarist ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Website - https://www.thomashenley.co.uk ♫ THOUGHTY AUTI PODCAST Get it on Spotify free here - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV FOLLOW ME On Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter - @aspergersgrowth ☼ Instagram - @aspergersgrowth
01:03:47
March 21, 2021
Perils And Pleasures Of Social Media - Escaping To The Digital World With Indie Andy
Is social media healthy for autistic people? What is life like for autistic creators? What platforms are the most positive or toxic? How can you manage your social media use? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Andy from the Indie Andy YouTube channel - a great example of a channel for the community, from the community. Andy uses his own experiences to create informative videos about autism, and to work with organisations that raise public awareness. Kicking off the chat, Andy tells us about the 1st episode of ‘The Unmasked Podcast’ where he talked to Connor Ward about the creator:viewer divide. He shares his high school experience of being bullied and struggling to find a suitable school. In a more positive spin, they both highlight the importance of lived experience in driving their advocacy work. Although the creator experience is a positive story, it presented an array of challenges and hurdles for the two to overcome. Getting that work:balance is hard when media work isn’t your only responsibility! Since its inception, certain platforms been criticised by the press for being an envy-mongering, narcissistically-driven, and attention-sapping machine of malice. Concepts like FOMO become common place in a world that is based on perfectly polished snapshots and rosy coloured life biographies. The animosity and reactivity found in other sites can provide an easy avenue for people to enact their darkest intentions. Social media opens many doors for autistic people, but it can also be a force of negativity and hate. In this digital age, It’s hard to neglect the impact social media has had on the lives of many individuals. At the epitome of social media’s positive reach, platforms allow lonely and isolated people to connect with those out of their local vicinity. Communities create informative, wholesome and collaborative pieces of work to improve autism awareness and add to the ever growing body of experiential knowledge. These resources offer a new path to self-discovery, and on a more individual note, a method of distraction to cope with the stressors of everyday life. Whether it’s expanding your exposure to a variety of opinions, tactical unfollowing, turning off notifications or taking a more personal approach to messaging... there is surely something for YOU in this podcast! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Andy' Links:- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/indieandyuk/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/IndieAndy Podcast - https://anchor.fm/theunmaskedpodcast ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:20:27
March 1, 2021
Diversity In Autism - The Many Facets Of Neurodiversity w/Holistic Autistic
This episode dives into many different popular topics of diversity:- Extroversion/Introversion, co-morbidities, special interests/innate abilities, sensory profiles, and empathy! In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Jesslyn from the Holistic Autistic YouTube channel - she has a community-focussed website which aids in the education of Neurodiversity, and provides a platform for self-diagnosed and late-diagnosed autistic people to connect together. With the creation of her NEW book 'I Think I'm Autistic' Jess strives to improve the accessibility of autism-related info to teenagers and adults. In a bid to understand the mainstream confusion around CBD, Thomas and Stacey get things started by talking about the many CBD products available in the UK market. With products ranging (but not limited to)CBD pillowcases, CBD vape pens, CBD energy drinks, CBD capsules, CBD skin cream and CBD oil drops...  The introversion:extroversion concept is riddled with misconception, and at this time it's difficult to put autistic people into either category. Self-regulation and sensory aspects make most inclined to the introverted existence, but many flourish in social situations in the right mental state. With little research it's hard to pinpoint the environmental and biological significance in the development of cooccurring conditions. Why do these conditions get diagnosed before autism? The better question is... is there anything that isn't co-morbid with autism? Special interests, although patronising in classification, differ more greatly in between each individual than most could theorise. In general, innate abilities differ vastly from person to person, and there is massive variety between the God-given skills of people on the spectrum. Autistic people even have a few remarkably interesting social skills of their own. Sensory profiles and differences, although well documented, prove to boggle even the most experienced Aspie-Nauts. Hypo, hyper, seeking and avoiding. It sounds simple, but there are many nuisances we fail to pinpoint! Have you ever taken a sociopath test? Theory Of Mind and popular belief has caused many to question whether autistic people feel empathy! Can autistic people be empathetic, and what significance do Cross-Cognitive Differences hold? If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Jess' Links:- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/holisticautistic/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/HolisticAutistic Website - https://holisticautistic.weebly.com/#/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:17:24
February 11, 2021
CBD And Autism In Adults - Snake Oil or Salvation? w/Planthaya
What are the benefits of CBD for autistic people? Can CBD replace alcohol at social events? How do you know if a CBD product is safe and trustworthy? What are the side effects of CBD? Can CBD interact with medication? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Stacey  - The founder of the start-up CBD company Planthaya and previous social worker at FUSION - a service that helps incorporate autistic adolescents into mainstream provisions In a bid to understand the mainstream confusion around CBD, Thomas and Stacey get things started by talking about the many CBD products available in the UK market. With products ranging from (but not limited to): CBD pillowcases, CBD vape pens, CBD energy drinks, CBD capsules, CBD skin cream and CBD oil drops... understanding what products will benefit you can be exceptionally tricky for newcomers! Kicking off the CBD discussion, they discuss the difference between CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Stacey highlights that whilst THC produces the 'high' feeling associated with marijuana, CBD creates an absence of feeling - for example, THC can produce euphoria and relaxation, but CBD can reduce feelings of stress/anxiety.  Although they don't dismiss the medical benefits of THC, it has been implicated in exacerbating tendencies towards paranoia and schizophrenia, as well as creating dependency among susceptible individuals. CBD on the other hand, has numerous studies that demonstrates its safety in treating many anxiety, sleep, pain and inflammatory disorders - although not without downsides. The endocannabinoid system is a very real part of human biology; with CBD1 receptors in the central nervous system (brain/spinal cord) and CBD2 receptors in the periphery (skin, immune system and organs), it's hard not to see promise in the medical use of cannabinoids. CBD is a food supplement, but don't dismiss its strong effects on the body. Getting down into the meat of the podcast, the benefits and drawbacks of CBD for autistic people was a hot topic of conversation. Thomas hails CBD as an effective replacement to benzodiazepines and alcohol for his anxiety, and Stacey dives into the many ways CBD can help social anxiety, sleep quality and GI tract disorders - things common too many autistic people. How do read a Certificate of Analysis, what's the difference between isolate, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum, what dose of CBD is right for you, and can CBD be used to manage mental health disorders? In March 2021 the UK will give CBD the 'Novel Food License' to help with its regulation, so although the UK is decades behind many US states in terms of policies, there is a lot of promise in the future of CBD! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Staceys Links:- Website - https://planthaya.com/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/planthaya/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:22:56
February 7, 2021
The Autistic Actor - Masking For A Living w/Reggie Herold
Does autistic masking translate to acting? Can an autistic person survive in the acting world? What is the 'autistic' stereotype in the film industry? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Reggie Herold - A Manhattan based autistic actor who has performed in many theatre productions and short-films, he's an avid Tiktoker, an aspiring story writer, and the co-winner of 'Outstanding Ensemble' category at the New York Innovative Awards. They kick off this riveting conversation with a dive into the world of autistic Tiktok creators, touching briefly on the challenging and strange experience of masking in highly social environments.  Being diagnosed at an extremely young age, Reggie tells us about his upbringing with his single father, as one of two adopted sons. Introduced to the world of education in a 'school for the gifted', Reggie talks about his transition from that school to a more wholesome environment, the physical abuse he received from a teacher, and how it all inspired him to write 'This Is Purple' - a screen play about those experiences. Both Thomas and Reggie dive deep into their psyches, pulling on the previous life experiences that attracted them to life in the public eye. Reggie found comfort in the immediate feedback of theatre productions, where as Thomas found great meaning in the possibility of sharing his experiences. Pondering over the difficulties of being autistic in a people-heavy profession, Reggie explains what life on set is really like, the social skills he developed, and the coping strategies he's picked up on his journey.  Here are the HOT questions:  - Is it easier to play an autistic character or a neurotypical one? - What stereotypes stop Reggie from playing autistic roles? The answer? You'll have to find out in this absolutely spectacular podcast! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Reggie's Links:- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/reggieherold/ TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@reggieherold?lang=en Website - https://www.reggieherold.com/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:02:03
January 2, 2021
Germaphobia During COVID-19 - Autistic Woman's Struggle With OCD w/Autism's Individual
Is there a link between OCD and Autism? Did the government support autistic people enough? What challenges does OCD present? Can special interests help combat OCD anxiety? Is autistic OCD more logical?  In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Autism's Individual (Youtube) - An advocating YouTuber and website blogger with a strong experience and knowledge of Autism and mental health. They start by discussing Anna's interests, the community work she's involved in, and how the recent COVID-19 pandemic affected her management of OCD. After a dive into Anna's late-diagnosis of ASD-1... they touch briefly on the difficulties of being an autistic female in todays society, and the difference between poor social ability and poor language proficiency - commonly misunderstood traits of autism. We take a stroll through Anna's memories, looking into the real effect OCD can have on someones life. Hiding your struggles from others as a protective mechanism, how having autism and OCD may be different from the norm, the 'Healing Mechanism' found in autistic interests, and how Anna has used those interests to overcome her phobias - all compelling topics with deep analysis from both parties. They soon get into coping strategies for OCD; further highlighting the problems those with OCD and/or autism have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in normal circumstances, autistic adults often need to actively seek out support, which poses a problem to those with social difficulties.  Anna wants few things for vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19:-  1. More accessible online support/mentoring services. 2. Specialist therapy services for autistic people. 3. More active support for carers and services for housebound individuals. 4. Easier access to services for those with social difficulties It's difficult not to appreciate Anna's experience and knowledge, so sit back and enjoy this intellectual dissection on autism, OCD, COVID-19, and all the grey areas between them. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Anna's Links:- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/welcome12ization/featured Website - https://autismisindividual.wordpress.com/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - ☼ Spotify ☼ Apple Podcasts ☼ Google Podcasts Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:17:03
December 16, 2020
Autism, Isolation & Bullying - Inseparable At All Stages Of Life (World Anti-Bullying Week) w/TheSpectrumGirl
Are autistic people the most bullied group on the planet? Can you even separate autism from trauma? What is isolation and bullying like at all stages of an autistic persons life? How can an autistic person succeed and stay healthy in our society?  In this World Anti-Bullying Week special episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Charlotte from @TheSpectrumGirl - Famous & Professional Graphic Designer and Instagram autism advocate. Join the #AutiePower movement on Instagram, post your power pose pic with your experiences of dealing with bullying & isolation! They start by discussing the relatively low autism awareness in Norway and Charlottes plans on tackling that, but soon get into their experiences of bullying and isolation in their early school years. Charlotte was bullied into a concussion during her first couple of weeks in mainstream education, being taken advantage of due to her innocence and lack of social skills. Thomas reflects on how other children would take advantage of his trusting nature, leading to him to get punished for shouting profanity on a number of occasions. Both remark that this time in their life was surround by more confusion than anything. Getting into their later school experiences, they both empathise with term 'drifting' in different ways. Thomas tells us about the constant bullying and isolation that eventually lead to him developing severe mental health conditions which still exist today. Charlotte agreed that school was extremely difficult, being hid from by others, back stabbed constantly and exposed to many forms of emotional/social abuse. Lastly, they cover their experiences with bullying and isolation in adulthood. Charlotte tells us about a horrific meltdown that happened in response to social misunderstandings with her University peers... she was subjected to harmful rumours of insanity and spat on by those in her home country. Although she succeeded due to her effort and quirky way of graphic designing, she plummeted down in a well of suicidal thoughts. Perhaps the hardest part of the working world is that it isn't always a hierarchy of competence, a lot rides on your social relationships with other people and being honest isn't always effective. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Charlotte's Links:-  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thespectrumgirl/  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth  Social Media ♥ -  ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth  ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth  ♫ Listen On -  Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV  Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079  Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
01:46:32
November 16, 2020
Bullied By Actually Autistic Community - The Divide Between Parents and Autistic Adults w/The Autism Cafe
Why has Eileen received so much harassment from the #actuallyautistic community? What is it like be an autistic mother? Are functioning labels harmful for autistic people?  In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Eileen Lamb from @TheAutismCafe - Author of ‘All Across The Spectrum’, professional photographer, Autistic mother, and online autism advocate.  They start by discussing Eileen’s book, going deep into the message behind it and her creative decision to include her photography. She explains how she got her son Charlie diagnosed, the difficulties along the way, and how she ended up getting diagnosed herself! Functioning labels and well... labels of all sorts have always been controversial and difficult topics to discuss; Eileen makes us aware that the general consensus of ‘acceptable’ pronouns/terms is not agreed with by all members of the autistic community. Thomas highlights that with the new ASD levelling system in place, it’s difficult to distinguish between the differences in independence without referring to functioning ability, or by performing verbal gymnastics.  Eileen goes into her experiences with being bullied and harassed by the autistic community on her social media pages... especially Instagram. They both try to tease out the reason for the intense hatred within the community, suggesting reasons for this verbal abuse. Eileen remarks on her disappointment with the community, telling us about the isolating experience of being bullied mercilessly by her own people after a lifetime of being bullied by neurotypical individuals.  Lastly, they cover possible avenues for getting over the autism parent and autistic adult divide, looking for practical and productive ways of getting autistic voices heard. Thomas believes that this circle of hatred does more to inflame the situation... with the cooperation of both parties it’s possible that the issues that exist for autistic people could be seen more, and more good could be done for society.  Should we not be focussing on the main issues at hand, rather than the superficial terms and fighting for social justice? Let’s talk.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Eileen's Links:- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theautismcafe/ Website - https://theautismcafe.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/theautismcafe  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth  Social Media ♥ -  ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth  ♫ Listen On -  ☼ Spotify ☼ Apple Podcasts ☼ Google Podcasts Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music]
58:28
November 1, 2020
Speech & Language Pathology - Where Autism Advocacy Meets Teaching w/AlisonNV
What is Speech and Language Pathology? How does teaching shift your opinion of common teaching methods? Can the autistic experience be used for this role? Are autism-related professions accommodating of autistic people? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to @AllisonNV - An Autism advocate with a strong background in Speech & Language Pathology They start by discussing Ally's recent diagnosis, and going into her recent battle with chronic health conditions Soon they get into the nitty gritty of topic at hand... how teaching and using commonly hated teaching methods affects how you view autism advocacy. They both share their thoughts and experiences in the teaching world, looking objectively at the harmful ways of teaching and very best mindset for nurturing autistic children. One of the biggest topics to highlight is the benefit of the holistic 'Pick And Choose' approach to autistic children, using the techniques and strategies from all approaches that best fit each individual. Both Thomas and Ally agree that some aspects of most teaching methods can benefit certain children, but nothing beats asking the question 'Why?' and putting the child's enjoyment/emotional wellbeing at top priority. Lastly, Ally tells us about the poor attitudes of some of her neurotypical co-workers... she experienced some appalling behaviour where she felt heavily discriminated against due to her autistic traits. They both remark on the many superiority complexes at hand in the world of autism, where the views and experiences of autistic people are pushed aside for the more rigid approaches to autistic individuals. Shouldn't a workplace that chiefly works with autistic children be more accommodating and understanding of autistic adults? If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Ally's Links:- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/allisonnv/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:13:29
October 19, 2020
Your Child Is Autistic, What Now? - How To Become A Parent Advocate w/Michelle Rogers
What are the stages of processing a diagnosis? What are common mistakes parents make with autistic children? How can a parent be their child's advocate? Is there a 'one size fits all' approach to teaching autistic children? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas Henley talks to Michelle Rogers - A parent advocate with an online support service for NEW autistic parents They start by discussing how Michelles own child was diagnosed, highlighting the common pitfalls of being an 'autism parent'. Thomas draws on his prior knowledge of the big diet scams and money draining quick-fix's that often draw in new parents.... wanting to CURE their child!  Both highlight the importance of avoiding the 'cure' mentality, spending time with your child, learning about them, learning about autism, and developing your own tailored strategy to parenting. Michelle believes it's a case of having the right mindset, being very aware/in-tune with your child's emotions and needs, but also doing your own research. One of the biggest barriers to autism parents and autistic people getting along... is the choice of teaching method. Many autistic adults remark on the brutality of one particular therapy, and trauma they received from that therapeutic pathway. With Thomas's time as a special needs teaching assistant and having a highly successful SEN teacher as a mother, he believes the BEST choice is to pick and choose what works for each child... putting your child's emotional health first. So is it the case that treatments have developed a more sensitive approach, or does it depend on the practitioner? How do you access Early Intervention services... and should you? How can you avoid the pitfalls and become the best autism parent you can be? Let's talk. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Michelle's Links:- https://instabio.cc/michellebrogers ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:07:06
October 8, 2020
Should I Get My Child Diagnosed With Autism? - Autistic Adults Discuss Early Vs Late Diagnosis w/Luis Oddy
Should you get an autism diagnosis as soon as possible? What are the benefits and disadvantages of SEN schools Vs Mainstream? How do you ensure your child develops socially and confident?  In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Luis Oddy - A documentary creator and Radio Host! They start by discussing the creation of Luis's documentary 'Luis Oddy - Autism Meets Autism' and how his diagnosis has influenced the many areas of his life. Luis believes the sheltering your child due to a diagnosis is harmful for their longer term development, but also highlights the benefits of getting that support in at a young age.  Thomas uses his own experiences in a mainstream school to empathise that some children may benefit from a placement in an SEN school, but also brings our attention to the social and life experience he gained from that route of education. Moving forward; they both brainstorm on finding the balance between support and exposure to the big wide world Does a diagnosis ACTUALLY benefit your child in the long run, in terms of workplace 'reasonable adjustments' and educational support? How do we distinguish between sheltering and supporting your autistic child? If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Luis's Links:- ► Documentary - Luis Oddy - Autism Meets Autism ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:04:03
September 18, 2020
A Little Bit OCD! - Autism & Relationship OCD w/Nick Ransom
Is there a link between Autism and OCD? What is relationship OCD? What sort of strategies and treatments are there to treat OCD sufferers? Is early diagnosis best? How can we better represent autistic people in the media? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to an openly gay and autistic BBC producer, Nick Ransom! To kickstart the episode they both reflect on the many projects they've worked on together, starting with the BBC Radio Manchester short video, to Nick's interviews on 'Aspergers In Society', and of course the podcast we found ourselves on now. Nick tells us his inspiring story of childhood dreams being realised when he worked himself up from reporting local events to the tech utopia that is... the BBC's media city! They soon delve into the intricacies of getting diagnosed autistic as an adult, but also introduce us to the in's and out's of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and the many ways it can manifest. Nick tells us of his battle with relationship OCD and some of the common misconceptions that he's come across post-diagnosis. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Nicks Links:- ► Nicks Website - https://www.nickransom.co.uk/home ► Twitter - https://twitter.com/mrnickransom ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:06:59
September 5, 2020
Teen Hero Awards Siena Castellon - Neurodiversity & The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide
What is Neurodiversity? How can one 'survive' school? Do we need Neurodiversity in the workplace? What are the barriers to promoting Neurodiversity? How can we change the world? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to the multi-award winning public speaker, the author of 'The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide',  and creator of the Neurodiversity Celebration Week... the one and only, Siena Castellon!  They kick off the episode talking about how Siena first started out with public speaking, going from an audience of 3 at a local event, to an audience of 3 MILLION at the Teen Hero Awards! She tells us all the scary and exciting stories of these very grand occasions, and both Thomas and Siena bond over their love for the alternative artist Lana Del Ray... who just happened to send Siena a personal video.  Getting down to the nitty gritty of school life for an autistic, Siena shares her experiences with toxic teachers, bullies and discriminatory individuals she was unfortunate to come across... all in her journey to find a suitable school. Through her terrifying school experiences she defied all the expectations of her hateful teachers and took the exams early, achieving multiple A*'s!  Looking for guidance, Siena saw a gap in the information available for autistic students, and sought to create the Quantum Leap Mentoring website... which she eventually turned into the amazing book 'The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide: How To Grow Up Awesome And Autistic'.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Siena's Links:- ► QL Mentoring - https://www.qlmentoring.com/  ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/qlmentoring/?hl=en  ► Twitter - https://twitter.com/QLMentoring ► Spectrum Girls Survival Guide - https://www.sienacastellon.com/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:12:46
August 22, 2020
Autistic Masking Is Language - Building Social Skills On The Spectrum w/Adam Mohamed
What autistic traits can and can't you work on? How can an autistic person become sociable? What is the University party experience like? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to his good friend Adam Mohamed about their days of parties and social events at University... highlighting some of the ways they overcame the social deficits of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  At first, they talk about Adams experience on the hit autism documentary 'Aspergers In Society' as well as his current jobs of high-class bartending and making testing kits for COVID-19. Diagnosed at just 3 YEARS OLD, Adam received a lot of support during primary school, but eventually took the reins and made his own way to becoming a social butterfly.  Masking is a language?! What do I mean by that?  Well there's a large negative assumption that putting on a mask of social competence is something solely found in autistic people, and moreover the mindset you have towards social encounters can dictate whether masking is beneficial or soul destroying!  We chat about the differences in our upbringing, the differing methods we used to develop our social skills at the start, how to pick and choose the best social environments for you, and how to deal with the negative experiences when you first enter that scary communicative minefield. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Aspergers In Society Documentary - https://youtu.be/eLpcPOSFfNE  Adams Behind The Scenes Interview - https://youtu.be/ndqRo_Xsu5Y  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:11:27
August 8, 2020
Demisexuality & Monkey Lust - The Link Between Asexuality and Autism w/Yo Samdy Sam
What is Demisexuality? Is it just a low sex drive? Are autistic people more likely to fall on the asexuality spectrum? What challenges does being Demisexual present during dating? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to the popular autistic YouTuber Sam (@Yo Samdy Sam) about Demisexuality and how it ties in with autism. They chat about the experience of being a YouTuber at first, but soon dive into the research behind autism and asexuality, their experiences being autistic in the dating scene, and their own personal journey with learning more about the ACE spectrum. With the ever growing list of words in the English language, it's difficult to sift out the important terms from the multitude of identities and descriptions of phoneme on the internet. Alexithymia, sensory differences and aversion to social norms seem to be large players in the cross over between ASD and demisexuality... but is demisexuality real, or is it just a low sex drive?!   We shoot straight for the heart of the most common difficulties experienced by those who identify as being demisexual, and offer our own personal views on this relatively unknown, ostentatious and wacky sounding term! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Sam's Links: -   ► YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk5aCrQAppGZ8atiOpgYZ1A  ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/yosamdysam/?hl=en  ► Twitter - https://twitter.com/samantha_stein?lang=en  ► Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Public-Figure/Yo-Samdy-Sam-111869057205145/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬    Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:01:43
July 25, 2020
Biracial & Autistic - Autism and Transitions w/Unwritten Grace
What is it like to bi-racial AND autistic? How can you make transitions easier? Which are easier for an autistic person to deal with: Big or Small transitions? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to the half British, half Taiwanese autistic blogger, and writer Grace Liu (@UnwrittenGraceBlogs).  They focus their conversation around the topic of transitioning and why it's difficult for autistic people, her experience emigrating from Taiwan to the UK... but also all about what life was like at school as an autistic person of a different ethnic background.  They talk about the very odd phenomena of Grace being seen as a 'spectacle' in her adult life due to her diagnosis and ethnicity. Thomas and Grace share stories of experiencing racism in the UK, Taiwan, and Thailand... but also tell personal anecdotes such as one of Grace's customers in the past sharing that 'God can cure autism' and the helpful security staff member that helped Thomas out during a BAD meltdown.   They go on to tackle what can be done about the ethnic stereotypes around autism and identify ways that society can be more accommodating for autistic immigrants... and autistic people in general!  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Grace's Links:- ► Blog - unwrittengrace.wordpress.com  ► Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/unwrittengrace  ► Twitter - https://twitter.com/unwrittengracel  ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/unwrittengraceblogs/  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:14:34
July 11, 2020
The Real Life Hermione Granger - Autistic Gender Stereotypes w/Hermione Cameron (NAS)
What gender stereotypes surround autism? What can we do help represent ALL autistic people? What is it like to work for the National Autistic Society? In this episode, Thomas talks to an award-winning poet and Content Officer at the National Autistic Society... Hermione Cameron (@Hermirony1). They focus their conversation around the importance of expressive arts, the depression metaphor of the Dementors in Harry Potter, but mainly on their opinions on gender stereotypes around autism. We talk about the vicious cycles in anxiety and depression, and how they interact with autism, but we also dive into the inherent differences between men and women!  Male Vs Female bullying, research bias towards the problems of being autistic, the extreme male brain, and how to approach controversial topics in a social setting. With kindness and productive conversation at the forefront, this is an episode that definitely gets into the nitty-gritty parts of society that we often shy away from... If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Hermione's Links:- ► Recipe For Being A Women (Review) - https://falwriting.com/new-blog/2018/2/26/review-recipe-for-being-a-woman ► Blue Bottle Mystery - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1526654.Blue_Bottle_Mystery ► Stories From The Spectrum - https://www.autism.org.uk/about/stories/thomas-henley.aspx ► Twitter - https://twitter.com/hermirony1?lang=en ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:39:15
June 27, 2020
Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball - Autism & Physical Disabilities w/Sarah Hope (Team GB)
What is it like being disabled AND autistic? Is Team GB friendly for disabled people? What goes on in the life of a Paralympic athlete? In this episode, Thomas talks to a professional wheelchair basketball player Sarah Hope from the Great Britain Squad about the strengths and difficulties of being both autistic and physically disabled in sport.  Late-diagnosed with autism, Sarah fell injured during her running... she thought it was tendonitis, but it turned out that she a very rare condition called 'Hereditary Peripheral Neuropathy'.  In the podcast, we talk about how she got into wheelchair basketball, the long process of getting diagnosed with her two conditions, the inclusive support measures Team GB put in place for her, the strange or rude assumptions and actions of the general public due to her wheelchair, and even the crossover between identity-first language for autism and how people identify when physically disabled.   Thomas and Sarah get on 'sportingly', chatting about Thomas' demotivating encounters with the GB Taekwondo coaches, his Commonwealth Gold successes, and the physical/mental benefits both of them have seen from regular exercise and being involved in team-based or competition environment.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sai93/  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:40:22
June 13, 2020
Autism Misdiagnosis Horror Story! - Life In A Psychiatric Hospital w/LottsVoicingAutism
What is it like inside a psychiatric hospital!? How bad can misdiagnosis go? What are some flaws in way we deal with mental health? In this episode, Thomas talks to Lottie (@lottsvoicingautism) about her experience with being a misdiagnosed autistic. She was sent to a psychiatric hospital with multiple psychotic and mood disorders, living life under lockdown even before COVID-19...  Within the topic, we chat about the reasons why she was admitted to hospital, the grounds to which she was misdiagnosed, the various cocktail of medications she was put on, and the traumatic experiences she had within We talk about the positive things she's done with her almost unreal experiences in hospital, highlighting just how difficult and unfriendly hospitals can be for individuals on the autistic spectrum.  This horrific story is a testament to Lottie's strength and resilience, but also highlights just how little doctors know about autism in females... are we still at the primitive stage where autistic meltdowns are confused for psychotic episodes? You can be the judge of that. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Lottie's Links:- ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lottsvoicingautism/ ► Photography Page - https://www.instagram.com/lottiebphotography/ ► Lottie's Film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaGN6Yelo7Q ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:26:43
May 30, 2020
Mainstream Representation Of Autism - The Bridge, Tiger King & The Big Bang Theory w/Esme Hayes
Is autism represented realistically in mainstream media? What celebrities are autistic? What are the barriers to promoting autism awareness and acceptance? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Esme Hayes about the portrayal of autism in TV, Film, and the mainstream media, but also her experiences speaking on the new independent documentary about autism 'Aspergers in Society'. Within the topic, we critically analyse popular shows/films such as: The Big Bang Theory, Atypical, The A Word, Community, The Bridge, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Tiger King, and of course... Rainman Documentary Website - https://www.aspergersinsociety.com/ We talk about the superficial ways autism appears on in mainstream news programs and how autism is used as a sympathy card, rather than a statement of inclusivity. Esme recollects on her time in the hospital, reading a quote from the Tales Of Moominvalley, and gives many insightful examples of acceptable representations of autism.  Greta Thunberg, Anne Hegerty, and Chris Packham are some of the most known openly-autistic people, but how do people get them wrong and what impacts do these people have on society? If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Articles Of Interest: - ►The Big Bang Theory (Imitation Perturbation) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8Jz7Ay9kw ►Moomin (The Snork) - https://moomin.fandom.com/wiki/Snork ►The Bridge Article - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-34995327  ►Fantastic Beasts (Newt Scamander) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bzgZveMbR0  ►Tiger King - https://www.wired.com/story/tiger-king-coronavirus-covid-19/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth FOLLOW ME On Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ THOUGHTY AUTI PODCAST Get it on: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgrPK8ttTCY3FumbHDu9BX50_SXsXiFsv Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] ♫ Watch: https://youtu.be/q4DCEwzI4Ps
01:43:07
May 16, 2020
Autism In The Workplace - Concentration, Employment & COVID 19 w/Barry Aldridge
What common issues occur for autistic people in the workplace? What mindsets help during workplace problems? How can society better accommodate autistic people? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Barry Aldridge (@barryaldridge1983) about his experiences in the workplace and some of the benefits and difficulties of being autistic in those settings.  What common issues arise in the workplace or learning environments? In what ways can you cope with these problems, and which mindsets are beneficial in those scenarios? How can society change to better accommodate and include autistic people in the workplace? We chat about our shared opinions on things such as 'jazz hands' instead of clapping at my student union, the FMV games Barry has been involved in with Tayanna Studios, and even his experiences as an old-school YouTuber back in the day! We are currently over a month into isolation, and although I'm very bogged down in promoting my new documentary 'Aspergers In Society'... I will be trying my very best to keep putting out content (Albeit, late in this case)! Documentary Website - https://www.aspergersinsociety.com/ If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Barry's Links:- ► YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/BarryAldridge ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/barryaldridge1983/ ► BBC 3 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d69tTXOvRq4 ► Tayanna Studios - https://www.tayannastudios.com/home/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:13:19
May 2, 2020
Autism & Puberty - The Terrors Of High School w/Actuallyaspling
What is high school like for an autistic teenager?  What are the differences between the neurotypical and autistic experience of puberty? Why are autistic people targets for bullying and isolation? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Victoria Ellen (@actuallyaspling) about her experiences at secondary school and how puberty influenced her life.  We chat about our commonalities in tastes, our experiences with the various physical differences that occurred, the emotions, the masking and even a bit on romance at school! I hope everyone is coping alright with the current COVID-19 situation, it can be a difficult time of transitioning... and I think many of us will find that difficult. Set up your routine, add in some variety, make sure to exercise and I'm sure we can pull through all of this craziness together! Thank you for being such a loyal listener, I appreciate all the support you give me!!! If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Victoria's Links:- ► Blog - https://actuallyaspling.wordpress.com/link-directory/ ► Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/actuallyaspling/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:20:49
April 13, 2020
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome And Autism - Meditation & Medication w/The Chronic Couple
What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? Is EDS linked to autism? What are the early signs of EDS? What difficulties does EDS present in later life? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to an autistic couple (Matt & Brandy) about what life is like with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and the types of things they do to manage their individual symptoms. Is there a link between autism and EDS? What types of EDS are known about? Which medications and coping techniques help with EDS flares? Why do some find marijuana so helpful for this condition?  We chat about Matt and Brandy's romantic adventure, as well as their individual careers as a top IT specialist and brilliant singer respectively. We also talk about the struggles of getting diagnosed through the medical system, and some of the more negative reactions people can have to the use of wheelchairs and canes.  It's a very long special episode with more guests than we are all used to, but I hope this gives everyone something to binge through during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation period.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Links:- ► Chronic Couple Links - https://linktr.ee/the_chronic_couple ► Matt's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/spectrumy_matt/ ► EDS Society - https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:40:46
March 28, 2020
Autism, Synaesthesia & Creativity - Does It Enhance Or Reduce Creative Thought? w/SuperSpectrumGirl
Does autism make you MORE creative? What is Synaesthesia? Are syntesthetes more creative than your average person? Can autistic people think outside the box? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to an autistic artist called Ina (@superspectrumgirl) about what it means to be creative and whether autism influences someone's creative abilities in a positive or negative way.  Ina was the quiet, geeky girl with big glasses in her school library and has always had a strong passion for artistic expression. Thomas grew up with a more logical and factual inclination towards the sciences but has since started a few creative ventures later in his university life. Whilst both are diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Ina has her own little secret that adds a bit of spice to her work... she has synaesthesia! We chat about all the aspects of creativity... how it helps your mental health, the many ways of expressing yourself, how many autistic people go against the triad of impairments with their creative abilities, and what aspects of autism make these abilities easier or harder to manifest. Both Thomas and Ina find a lot of common ground on the topic and both share a passion for sharing a little bit of their soul with the outside world. In this age of social media, it can be hard to get your stuff to a high place, but it also opens many doors for branching out to all continents. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Ina's Links:- ►https://linktr.ee/superspectrumgirl ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:13:58
March 15, 2020
Autistic Introvert or Extrovert? - Working On Your Social Skills w/Autienelle
What is masking as an autistic person? How do autistic and neurotypical differ in communication style? How do you improve your social communication skills? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to a librarian and Instagram spokesperson Lauren (@Autienelle) about what it means to be social on the autistic spectrum. Lauren has always been the type of person to mask at school and she tried her very best to fit in with society, it's only later in life that she realised just how much she needed her own space to be happy and has since tapered down her extroverted ventures. Thomas, on the other hand, has always been very withdrawn and quiet at school but found that with age that he enjoys being more extroverted and outgoing than he previously thought. Are there any benefits or negatives to masking in certain situations, what things should you keep in mind when partaking in large extroverted endeavours & how do you go from being lonely and isolated... to well networked and outgoing?  There is often a hidden misconception that autistic people don't enjoy socialising or prefer to be alone; whilst we may need more space than your average joe, we are all human and interaction with other people can enrich someone's life more than you can comprehend. Both Thomas and Lauren come from two different ends on the extroversion scale, and with that in mind, they discuss all the techniques and methods of getting that social interaction many people crave, but so often... can't find. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Lauren's Link:- ►https://www.instagram.com/autienelle/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:17:43
February 29, 2020
Autistic Relationships - The Romantic & The Realistic w/Aspergirl (Valentines Special)
What is it like to date an autistic person? What is difference between an autistic-neurotypical relationship, and two autistic people dating? What are the common difficulties with dating an autistic? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to the autistic comedian Bibi (@aspergirl) about her experience of dating both autistic people and neurotypical individuals. Bibi reflects on her younger days wasn't aware of her own autism and her own sexuality, only coming out as gay and autistic after high school. Her individual experiences in NT/ND and ND/ND relationships shed a light on their own unique positives and difficulties. Living so closely with someone so different is a difficult feat by itself, so Bibi offers some novel ways of improving communication and clarifying boundaries If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Bibi's Links:- ►Website - http://www.bibibilodeau.com/#featured ►Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aspergirl/?hl=en ►Music - http://www.bibibilodeau.com/new-album ►Comedy - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYCqeZn2hlGxzaXLs_y1cOw ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:35:41
February 15, 2020
Autism & Anxiety - Overcoming This Common Comorbidity w/Neurodivergent Rebel
Is anxiety common in autistic people? Why is anxiety co-morbid with autism? How can you overcome your own anxiety disorder? Do you suffer with a lot of panic attacks? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Christa (@neurodivergentrebel) about the struggles of anxiety disorders and how they tie into an autism diagnosis all too often. We explore the biological and social sides to anxiety, ways you notice your stress levels increasing, ways to prevent future panic attacks, and mindsets to develop in order to cope with the disorder.  Christa received a diagnosis of ASD late in life and it brought her through all the different stages of grief, before she accepted this new information. She never planned to be such a social media star, but since the rise in her popularity, she’s been helping others and raising awareness.  Autism conferences, podcasts, videos, writing, art... she’s done it all and she is here today to chat about overcoming anxiety!   If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Christa’s Links:-   ►Instagram - https://instagram.com/neurodivergentrebel?igshid=jno1b8najpld  ►Website - https://neurodivergentrebel.com/about/ ►Twitter - https://twitter.com/NeuroRebel ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:20:14
February 1, 2020
What is SPD? - Living With Sensory Processing Disorder & Autism w/21AndSensory
What is Sensory Processing Disorder? How do deal with sensory difficulties in your day-to-day? What challenges faces someone with SPD? Are you meeting your own sensory needs? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Emily (@21andsensory) about sensory needs/difficulties and the many reasons why having Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can make life a little more difficult to navigate.  We talk about the recent development of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme, what individuals can do to cope with daily life and the ways other people can make being sensory... just a little bit more comfortable.  Emily received a diagnosis of ASD in late last year and lives with both anxiety and SPD.  Whether its sunglasses, noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, sensory rooms or sleep aids... her blog, Instagram page, and podcast offer new insights into the sensory world of autism!  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Emily’s Links:-  ►Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/21andsensory/ ►Blog - https://21andsensory.wordpress.com/  ►Podcast - https://21andsensory.wordpress.com/21andsensory-podcasts/  ►Twitter -https://twitter.com/21andsensory ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:04:32
January 18, 2020
Autism At Christmas - Dealing with High Volume Social Events w/AutisticTyla
How can an autistic person deal with holidays? How can you organise festive periods that suit you? Are there too many expectations during Christmas? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Tyla from the @AutisticTyla Instagram page about the difficulties of festive periods and the ways an autistic individual can cope with them. Tyla is first and foremost a blogger with a passion for building communities and an intent to bring autistic individuals together. She makes content that appeals to young adults on the autistic spectrum and strives to offer important advice for 'adulting' in a confusing world. We dive into the core issues and mindsets that make Christmas time a painful ordeal, talk about the ways an individual can cope with the expectations put on them, ponder over options for socialising if the company is craved, and finally highlight the key ways Tyla has improved her life. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Tyla’s Links:-  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/autistictyla/ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:01:43
January 4, 2020
Struggling At University - Managing ADHD, Depression & Anxiety At Uni w/Züleyha
In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Züleyha about her experiences with multiple mental health conditions during her time at University.  Züleyha originates from Holland but decided to travel up to Manchester to attend its world-renowned University, the University Of Manchester. ADHD, Dysthymia (Depression) and Anxiety... they all come with many difficulties and hurdles to overcome, but we are going to talk about just how my lovely guest dealt with these conditions under the stresses of academic life.  We chat casually about our shared experiences, the mindsets and revelations one has about their conditions and all the other remedies and 'miracles' that exist out there. If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Züleyha's Links:-  ►Instagram - @zu_leya  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
59:44
November 2, 2019
Sensory Needs And Why They Are Important - Chewigem Chewable Jewellery w/Lorraine Young
What is sensory processing disorder? Are you meeting your child's sensory needs? What does Chewigem offer? Do your chewable products keep breaking? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks to Lorraine Young about her involvement in 'Chewigem' an organisation that offers chewable accessories and fidgety toys to satisfy your child's sensory needs.  Lorraine heads the social media side of the company as a Brand Manager, and puts a strong emphasis on forming a supportive and helpful community for parents and autistic individuals. Her teenage son Jamie was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and she has a wealth of interesting stories/insights as a parent, but also as a member of the 'autism club' herself.  We talk about her diagnosis, what Chewigem offers, how she got involved, why sensory needs are important to recognise, and the importance of accommodating sensory difficulties in public and private spaces.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com Chewigem’s Links:- ►Website - https://www.chewigem.co.uk/ ►Facebook Community - https://www.facebook.com/chewigem/ ►YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9GqczKW-2tmnBkE5Dy6vw ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
01:05:01
October 12, 2019
The Transforming Autism Project & The Mifne Centre w/Guy Shahar
What is the Transforming Autism Project? Which style of parenting or teaching is BEST for autistic children? Have you found yourself with a later life autism diagnosis? In this episode of the Thoughty Auti Podcast, Thomas talks Guy Shahar about his experience of taking his autistic son to the Mifne Centre in Israel.  Guy recollects on the early signs of autism his son showed the difficulties of dealing with healthcare workers and the surprising news of his own diagnosis.  In light of the positive changes he saw in his own son, Guy aspires to take this alternative therapy to the western world in the hope that he can bring a small slice of the Mifne Centre to other families in need of change.  If you have an exciting or interesting story and want to appear on the next Podcast, please contact me at: aspergersgrowth@gmail.com  Guy’s Links:-   Website - https://transformingautism.org/  Book - https://transformingautism.org/books/ TEDx Talk -  https://youtu.be/S8Nb2FDmQo4  ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬  Channel Merchandise - https://teespring.com/stores/aspergers-growth Support via Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/aspergersgrowth Social Media ♥ - ☼ Facebook - Aspergers Growth ☼ Twitter/Instagram - @aspergersgrowth ♫ Listen On - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6vjXgCB7Q3FwtQ2YqPjnEV Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/thoughty-auti-the-autism-mental-health-podcast/id1470689079 Music - ♫ Track: [Chill Music] Ikson - Reverie [No Copyright Music] Advert Track: Empty Parking Lot - Colours Of Illusion [Epidemic Sound]
54:30
September 7, 2019