Autism Resources for Clinicians and Teachers: Podcasts
As a clinician, teacher, or parent you regularly interact with people on the Autism spectrum. You want to remain informed about new strategies, best practices, and news to stay up to date with the latest autism resources. An easy way to do that? Podcasts!
We asked the community what they listen to stay up to date on the latest news and trends within the world(s) of autism. Get out your earbuds and subscribe.
Our Podcast List for Therapists and Teachers
Exploring Different Brains
Get your weekly neurodiversity research fix with this podcast hosted by Harold “Hackie” Reitman, MD. Guests include researchers and advocates interested in autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia, ADHD, OCD, down syndrome, or any condition that can be considered “neurodiverse.” This podcast is particularly powerful because it discusses neurodiversity as a stigma-free term and community.
The Autism Helper
This daily podcast focuses on how to improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum. The podcast host is a BCBA and the topics she covers range from an episode on tips for tolerating transitions to a discussion on staff training and everything in between.
Josh Has Autism
This podcast, from a mother living with an adult son with Autism, offers insights from the frontlines. The episodes are insightful, sometimes funny, and always informative.
The Autism Science Foundation’s Podcast
This weekly podcast, hosted by Dr. Alycia Halladay, is a summary of the latest research in autism spectrum disorders. The ASF’s podcast explores new science, research discoveries, meetings and discussions, news reports, and other information important to those affected by autism, their families, and clinicians.
Autism Blueprint Podcast
The title says it all: this podcast focuses on the importance of physical space and layout for those on the spectrum. Whether you’re a parent, raising a child with autism, a caregiver for an adult on the spectrum, or a professional assisting those with an autism spectrum disorder, the Autism Blueprint Podcast helps your home become more peaceful, one room at a time. In each episode host, Janeen Herskovitz (therapist and autism Mom) focuses on a different room in the house to help you create a peace plan for your home while living with autism.
This podcast’s hosts are the parents of six-year-old Bryce, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was two. They share their autism parenting journey weekly. The podcast is designed to connect with families who have been touched by autism and people who want to learn more about their world.
The Autism Stress Less Podcast
If you’re dealing with parents who are extremely stressed out and on edge about their child’s diagnosis (or if this is you), the Molis family is here to help/ Their podcast helps other families find resources, solutions and provides support to help relieve the stressors that might occur when parenting a child with autism.
Podcasts Created by Autistic People
While there are many podcasts about the autism community, sometimes the voice of those with an ADS diagnosis is not necessarily heard.
This list aims to address that problem by sharing podcasts created by those with autism. Many of the podcasts focus on autism disorders, neurodiveregence, and more while others allow their hosts to display their unique perspectives on other topics such as comedy.
The Self Advocate
The idea behind this podcast is simple: talk to people with cognitive disabilities who advocate for themselves. Simple, yet very powerful. Topics are wide-ranging: a recent interview focused on meditation practices for those with cognitive disabilities to a holiday music special that discussed auditory triggers (and shared some fun tunes). Many artists with cognitive disabilities have been interviewed–listeners can find a treasure trove of interesting material in the archive.
Not Weird, Just Autistic
Treasure this podcast for its archive of 15 episodes where three advocates in the autism world invite fascinating guests for panel discussions. The format is informal and friendly and the topics range from an interview with a neurodivergent rebel to the intersection of autism and eating disorders. This podcast is officially hosted by the amazing J.R. Reed, who was diagnosed with autism in his forties although his panel and their lively banter, are the real stars.
A biweekly podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum. Hosts Haley Moss (an autism self-advocate, attorney, artist, and author) and Dr. Lori Butts (a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, and licensed attorney) discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community.
Hosts Sarah and Odai describe their show by saying: “We give a voice to autistic people from our own internal perspective. It is made for autistic people, by autistic people. We talk about autism and topics of autistic interest.”
Recent episodes include sensory content blocks, dealing with isolation, autistic pride, and more.