This week on the podcast, The Chew Crew talk about whether open plan schools are the future of education. Listen to find out about this revolutionary concept and if it could really become a reality. Or is it really just a dream that could never work. Tell us if you think open plan schools are the future of education on facebook!

They also talk about last weeks podcast, discussing the great tips that it gave them and why they really enjoyed it.

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This episode also has lots of tips and tricks for dealing with exam stress and how to study. As well as posing the question: what's more important, your child's grades, or their happiness?

Lastly, find out all about sensory underload, what it is, how it feels and how you can stop it happening!

This week on the podcast, Shelley Francis talks about if a culture of competition is harming your children.

Shelley Francis is an audiologist turned author. During her time as an audiologist. Shelley found that people with Auditory Processing Difficulties also had other Sensory Processing Difficulties as well.

She also found that there was an increase in sensitive children being sent to her practice. This led Shelley to write a book called "No Child Left Unwrapped: Understanding and Honoring The Gifts Every Child Is Born With."

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This week the chew crew talk about how to help autistic people deal with grief. Grief is something that affects everyone in different ways. However, some Autistic people might find it difficult to identify or process grief. During this podcast, we give you effective ways to deal with grief and get through it.

The chew crew also discuss some interesting and exciting things going on in our community, including Richie from Awesometistic who has set a parent-led support group for autistic adults and FIGS who have started a petition about making the road to diagnosis easier for girls on the spectrum.

They also discuss last weeks podcast where Steph Reed gave us some great tips on how to help your child succeed at school, and the chew crew discuss their time at school and what would have helped them.

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This week we have Steph Reed who gives us some top tips to help your special needs child succeed at school. Steph works as a Special Needs Co-ordinator as well as providing outreach for Special Needs children and schools.

Steph started her career teaching in mainstream education, while there she set up nurture groups before moving onto teaching in Autism specific schools. One of the main roles in her current job consists of looking at the specific needs of the child and the needs of the school and finding a middle ground. She does this by using different techniques such as visual aids and other strategies.

Find out all about Steph's concerns about the current education system and how she feels it could be improved. As well as plenty of great tips and tricks you and your child's school can implement to help them succeed in their education!


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This week on the Podcast, Jenny and Lorraine discuss the introduction of nappy changers in schools and whether this will leave Autism undiagnosed for longer. As more children enter school not being able to grip a pencil, use cutlery and use the toilet. Will children on the spectrum be undiagnosed for longer? 

Should Autism parents listen to Autistic people's experiences more, since they have been through it first hand?

This week we have Kelly on the Podcast. Kelly used to work as a speech therapist. She found that when she told people she was Autistic, they tended not to want to listen to her advice.

We also find out how she didn't realise that she was Autistic until her son was born. She then recognised traits from her childhood in him. When she was diagnosed she says she felt a sense of fulfilment and acceptance. 

Kelly says that she finds the lack of adult support hard. She argues that even if adults live independently they might still need help with aspects of life such as money management or executive functioning.

Kelly sits on the Autism Canada Board and is the founder of Completely Inclusive. Completely Inclusive is a company that works to remove barriers and facilitate full acceptance and participation of diverse people in society by making sure companies employ them for meaningful, fulfilling jobs.

Kelly is also an author and her work has been featured in an anthology called "All The Weight Of Our Dreams". You can find it here

To find out more about Kelly, follow the links below:

Completely Inclusive

Completely Inclusive Linkedin

Kelly's Linkedin

This week on the podcast we talk about how to deal with illness when you're Autistic and out of routine. This came up because Lorraine has been ill for the last two weeks. She was having a hard time resting and kept having to be reminded.

It was also World Autism Awareness week and we talk about the "My Boy Blue" Instagram takeover that Lorraine and Jamie are a part of. We featured My Boy Blue on one of our very first podcasts which you can find here:

The Chew Crew also discuss a scheme run by Cardiff University called Discovery Summer School.  Where 14-19 year olds on the spectrum can spend two days living independently as university students to get a feel of what it's like. Find out more here

We also discuss Indieandy's podcast from last week and the question "How do you take off the mask?"

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This week Jenny is talking to Andy about masking and whether it's a survival instinct. Andy runs his own youtube channel called Indieandy, which is amazing we highly suggest you check it out!

Andy continues discussing his childhood and how he was diagnosed with Autism quite early, therefore, making his life easier. They also discuss why he chose not to disclose his autism to his current employer and how youtube is a great place for Autism Advocacy.

This week on the podcast, The Chew Crew discuss what symbol represents autism awareness best. As many people know the puzzle piece has some negative connotations surrounding it. Over the years, many other symbols have popped up, but does this damage our cause and public recognition of it?

In your opinion, what symbol represents Autism Awareness best? 


As well as this, The Chew Crew talk about last week's podcast on Independent Living and the Special Housing Facility Revolution.

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This week on the Podcast, Jenny is talking to Denise who runs First Place, a special facility housing complex to help autistic people have independent successful lives.

Denise tells us all about how she was told that her son should be institutionalised in a special facility housing institution. but when she went to look at the places she didn’t feel they were right for her son.

Soon after this, she started developing First Place, a special facility housing complex. It allows them to live independent and successful lives. It considers itself a new type of special housing. Alongside the housing complex, First Place runs a Life Skills Academy that teaches its students how to lead independent lives over 2 years.

The Global Leadership Institute is an offshoot of First Place that looks at attaining housing to expand to other communities. It has volunteers who are students at First Place and help out. They have a Symposium in April and if you would like to know more please email

To find out more about First Place go to

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