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Autism by Autistics


Join Melissa and Sophie as they discuss various topics surrounding autism from personal viewpoints, own experience, the autistic community and academic research.

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Autistics in the Wild Episode 3: Christmas!

Dec 30 • 46:02

Merry delayed Christmas from us! This week we gift to you our informal Christmas episode where we discuss our favourite and strange things about Christmas including a cursed Santa decoration, Sophie managing to incorporate Scotland into everything, games at Christmas and more! ...

Autistics in the Wild Episode 2: The Liverpool Pigeon

Dec 23 • 56:49

This week on Autistics in the Wild we have better audio for Sophie to provide you with topics such as Melissa vs keeping tea in the cup, books, Sophie’s deep love of Eurovision, autism vs concerts, reduced sensory coping, the reason for the episode title and more. ...

Autistics in the Wild Episode 1: Can we call it that?

Dec 16 • 01:00:05

After a long break (reasons explained within) we return with a different format to act as a season 1.5 while we prepare our usual content. These episodes are more informal and general with the pair of us discussing anything and everything including autism of course! Be aware of some audio issues with Sophie being much quieter due to mic problems and us learning to do this ...

World Mental Health Day 2019 Special: An Open Conversation

Oct 12 • 46:24

This week there is a bonus episode due to it having been mental health day in the week of recording. Melissa suggested that we have a casual chat over tea and chocolate about mental health. We discuss a mix of our own mental health, experiences with professionals, other topics that we have opinions on as well as fangirling over some of the staff at Liverpool University and...

Ep 6: Sensory Processing

Oct 12 • 39:36

After a short hiatus Melissa and Sophie return this week to discuss one of the most significant and difficult aspects of being autistic, sensory processing....

Ep 5: Overload, Meltdown and Burnout

Sep 7 • 45:44

This week we discuss overload, meltdown, burnout and we mention shutdown which are experiences not always talked about as often as they should. Melissa explains block theory (version of spoon theory), Sophie moans about the stress of having a new kitchen being fitted alongside both discussing what each one is and how we go about dealing with each one. Also Sophie further m...

Ep4: Socialisation

Aug 31 • 51:26

In this episode we discuss socialisation from social chit chat, Melissa's struggle with the greeting 'alright', Sophie's panic question, the difference between interacting with other autistic people and neurotypicals and the struggle of adapting to socialisation of another neurotype. We also discuss empathy. ...

Ep3: Disclosure

Aug 24 • 01:06:52

In episode 3 we discuss disclosing being autistic. From past experiences (good and bad) when we disclose and how we disclose. We discuss it in a range of settings from friendships, work and on the bus....

Ep2: Special Interests

Aug 10 • 52:27

In our second episode we discuss special interests from our own, to the many benefits of special interests, how they can be utilised in good ways and we eventually realise we do also need to cover the negatives. ...

Ep1: What is it like to be autistic?

Aug 3 • 49:11

Join Melissa and Sophie as they embark on a podcast adventure. This first episode looks at the big question of what it is like to be autistic. From not actually knowing, to never being asked, finally figuring it out and having to hide it. Also we talk about lemurs. ...

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