In today’s digital age, podcasts have become a powerful medium for learning, entertainment, and personal growth. For the autism community, podcasts offer an accessible and engaging way to access valuable information, connect with others, and explore topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this article, we’ll delve into the world of autism podcasts and suggest some excellent ones tailored for autistic individuals and those who care for them. Download the PDF The Podcast Revolution: Why They Matter Podcasts are audio programs available on the internet that cover various topics, from science and technology to personal stories and self-improvement. Their unique format allows listeners to engage with content on their terms, making them an ideal medium for autistic individuals who may prefer audio-based learning and entertainment. Autism Podcasts for the Community ‘1800 Seconds on Autism’ Hosted by Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight, who themselves are autistic, this fun and enlightening podcast is all about thinking differently. It explores a variety of topics from home life to humour. Available on BBC Sounds – listen here. ‘Spectrumly Speaking’ Spectrumly Speaking is a podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Every other week, join our hosts Haley Moss (an autism self-advocate, attorney, artist, and author) and Dr. Lori Butts (a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney) as they discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the fascinating voices from the autism community. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Head over to their website here. ‘Let’s Talk Autism’ “Let’s Talk Autism” is a heartwarming and informative podcast that provides a friendly and supportive platform for parents of autistic children to share their personal journeys and experiences. Hosted by parents themselves, this podcast aims to create a sense of community and connection among those who have been touched by autism. Available on Spotify. Click here to discover more about this podcast. ‘The Autism Helper’ “The Autism Helper” is a daily podcast that focuses on providing practical tips and strategies to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The podcast covers a wide range of topics and discussions tailored to the unique needs of individuals on the spectrum, with a particular emphasis on addressing challenges and promoting growth and development. Listen here. ‘The Autism Dad’ Rob Gorski uses his platform to discuss topics inspired by his highly acclaimed 13-year blog and personal journey as a single dad to three extraordinary autistic children. Weekly episodes about parenting, mental health, ADHD, autism, etc. Listeners love the no-nonsense approach the host takes when discussing these topics. Dive into a safe, enlightening space offering understanding, support, and education for parents of neurodivergent children and curious learners alike. Available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Overcast and iHeart Radio. Head over to his website here. Benefits of Podcasts for Autistic Individuals Audio-Based Learning: Podcasts provide a less visually overwhelming way to learn, making them ideal for auditory learners on the spectrum. Flexible Listening: Autistic individuals can choose when and where to listen, allowing them to control their learning environment. Diverse Perspectives: Podcasts offer a platform for individuals on the spectrum to share their experiences and insights, promoting a better understanding of autism. Connection and Community: Many podcasts foster a sense of belonging within the autism community, helping listeners connect with others who share similar experiences. Download the PDF In the journey of supporting individuals with autism, podcasts have proven to be valuable resources, offering insights, strategies, and a sense of community. These podcasts equip parents, caregivers, educators, and individuals with ASD with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the unique challenges and celebrate the successes that come with autism. As we seek to enhance the lives of those on the spectrum, we must explore various available resources and tools, such as app2vox, a free AAC app designed for tablets and smartphones. We aim to assist individuals with ASD in their communication journey, bridging gaps and fostering connections. If you’re interested in learning more about app2vox and how it can benefit your loved ones or students on the spectrum, please register your interest here. Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive world for individuals with autism, one podcast, one app, and one resource at a time. Other Resources Music Therapy for Autistic Children This resource aims to give an introduction to music therapy for autistic children to guide your first steps in trying music therapy for your autistic child. Autism and mental health Understanding autism and mental health, what types of mental health struggles an autistic person is prone to and how you can support them. How to support your autistic child at school This resource offers advice and support in the process of choosing a school for your autistic child, and finding other support if needed.