This week Jenny and Joel discuss how the lack of autism knowledge is harming the autism community.

Autism knowledge is an extension of the struggle to get autism awareness. Bitesize knowledge that is easy for people who are not connected to autism to understand is the key!

It also looks at how we can bridge the gap between adapting to live in a neurotypical world and focusing on how to help neurotypicals understand the Autism Community and it's intricacies! 

A must-listen for anyone in the Autism community!

This week Lorraine and Jenny talk about how to help autistic people being let down by mental health services.

This is a serious issue within our community where a lot of autistic people are being let down by mental health services and not getting the help they need. This is leading to a mental health crisis (as Tom said in last weeks episode).

Lorraine and Jenny talk about how to deal with this crisis and the whole stigma surrounding mental health!

Is there a mental health crisis in the autism community?

Tom Henely thinks there is. He tells us all about what he thinks is causing it and how we can fix it!

 

Find Out More In This Week's Podcast!

This week on the podcast, Jenny and Lorraine are discussing how to respond to ignorant comments about Autism. We know that it can be really hard not to get your back up when you hear comments like "Well you don't look autistic" or "You MUST be high functioning". 

We decided to have a conversation around this topic to see just what the best way to respond would be. Usually, people say this kind of stuff with the best of intentions so it is really important to take a step back before responding. 

This week Katy talks to us about being on the spectrum and off to university. If you haven't heard, our very own Katy has decided to go to university.

Jenny talks to her all about her worries and fears in terms of accommodation, scheduling and workload. 

Find out all about Katy's hopes and worries when moving into accommodation, joining clubs, and having to settle into different routines while being on the spectrum and off to university.

We wish Katy all the best on her university journey. But she won't be gone from Chewigem completely. so don't worry too much!

 

This week Jenny, Lorraine and Katy talk about how to get schools to accept sensory aids. In our community this is a common problem, there tend to be two types of schools. Either school think that sensory aids are a fantastic idea. They are completely on board with the idea of them. Or they are completely against and just say no.

If your school is in the latter category, you're probably thinking "how do I get the school to accept sensory aids?" You know your child needs them and will benefit but the school just can't see it.

This is where our great episode comes in. Lorraine, Katy and Jenny give you really great tips on getting schools accepting these aids.

As well as this, find out all about special interests and how they might not be as simple as you think. Lorraine's diagnosis and the new book hunting craze.

This is not an episode to be missed

This week on the Podcast, Lorraine talks about what it's like living in a multigenerational autistic family.

Lorraine got her autism diagnosis recently. She talks to us about how her life has changed since then and how she knew. Having a child with Autism and working for Chewigem, she tells us how it helped her realise she was Autistic. 

At the same time Lorraine got her autism diagnosis, her son Joe also got his. Which means that only her husband Dean is Neurotypical. Lorraine talks about how it is for him living in a multigenerational autistic family. Giving tips on how he deals with its intricacies. 

This week on the podcast, The Chew Crew go in-depth into everything you need to know about chewing & oral stims.

Whether you're curious about what chew is right for you, how to get teachers on board, or how to make sure your child chews the right thing... This podcast is the podcast you need! 

They also talk about the best way to deal with the summer heat that is still plaguing the UK and how to cope with sunscreen when you have sensory issues!

If you would like to know more about chewing in schools and some great strategies around that why not check out this podcast:

https://blog.chewigem.com/chewing-ots-perspective-saskia-grassie/

Don't forget if you need any more support or have any more questions. Why not join our Sensory Support Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chewigem/

This week Jenny and Lorraine talk about how to deal with the change in the school routine. The end of term can be hard for any child but for people on the spectrum, it's even harder once timetable changes come in. The changes can cause extreme anxiety. Lorraine knows this more than most and gives some great tips to help!

Lorraine and Jenny also talk about The Kiss Quotient and the Autism themes that run throughout the book. They also talk about whether listening to songs over and over is an Autism trait.

This week on the podcast, we ask is autism awareness actually harming the community?

This came up after an argument Joel made, which said that what we actually need is Autism Knowledge rather than awareness.

We also talk about Joseph Redford’s podcast, Lorraine’s big news story and of course, the heat!

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