Wheels On My Back

Wheels On My Back

Wheels On My Back is a first hand account about growing up neurodivergent and navigating a neurotypical world as a neurodivergent (#actuallyautistic, #actuallyadhd) adult with CPTSD. Because despite the many myths, misconceptions, and stigmas that dominate the mainstream narrative, neurodivergent kids grow into neurodivergent adults - often with a lot of trauma, internalized ableism, and shame to unpack. On this podcast, I’ll explore the burgeoning neurodiversity paradigm and why it matters to adults like me whose oft-overlooked perspectives can vastly improve the mental health of neurodivergent kids and their families. We care because we know them - we are them. Thank you for listening! And, thank you for being <3 instagram.com/wheelsonmyback wheelsonmyback (at) gmail (dot) com Jess Edelstein is an award-winning entrepreneur (Shark Tank, Forbes 30 Under 30, EY Winning Women), #actuallyautistic neurodiversity advocate, mental health enthusiast, meditator, dog lover, Broadway geek, soap maker, idealist, and in general a multi-passionate nerd inspired by making the world a safer place for all. She’ll talk your ear off if you let her, so starting a podcast just made sense. She likes it when things make sense. Unlike writing her own bio in the third person. Why is this even a thing? Ok I’m gonna stop typing n


November 4, 2021 20 min

Wheels On My Back is...back! As passionate as I am about the neurodiversity paradigm it turns out I'm not actually that passionate about solo podcasting. Something about speaking into a void and lots of ~steps~ to produce an episode... but I'm figuring it out! Because this is an important topic to me and we're gonna keep it going!

Anyway, the first part of episode 5 is addressing why I'm so comforted by internalizing...

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If you look up the criteria for a “highly sensitive person” or HSP, you’ll find a long list of autistic traits and the conclusion that 20% of the population meets the criteria for “HSP”, and that it’s commonly attributed to a combination of genetics and early environment.

Hmm. This has a lot of autistics online wondering (we do have pattern seeking minds and bottom up thinking processes after all!)…could HSP - a nonpathologized and ...

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April 26, 2021 23 min

Our perspective may be inconvenient to the status quo…but autistic adults have insight into autistic kids that every parent can benefit from. 

On this episode, more thoughts on Mark Rober’s April 30 celebrity "Color the Spectrum" event, the counter-fundraiser #AutisticNow organized by the #ActuallyAutistic community  on the same day, and why we care so dang much about the next generation or our neurokin not growing up trauma...

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The Neurodiversity Movement

On episode 2, I discuss the neurodiversity paradigm and the social justice movement associated with depathologizing neurodivergences. 

In other words, I talk about why society needs a shift in perspective around autism and ADHD with the help from a November 2020 interview with Nick Walker, PhD on Liebertpub titled “Towards a Neuroqueer Future”.

There’s a LOT of information packed into this half hour, which ...

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This is the most in-depth I've ever shared publicly about my experience growing up neurodivergent. 

The goal for this episode is to illustrate how the current medical and educational models fail to meet the needs of ND kids (and have for a long time), and what neurodiversity advocates mean when we say that all ND behavior is communication.

If you teach or parent neurodivergent kids with challenging behaviors, I hope you can liste...

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March 27, 2021 16 min

In this pre-episode/trailer/intro thingy, I describe where the phrase “wheels on my back” comes from and share little about me and why I’m starting this podcast. I briefly discuss the neurodiversity paradigm vs the pathology paradigm, why it matters, and why #actuallyautistic adults like me are speaking out at all. At the end of the episode, I introduce the podcast’s theme song. 

Jess Edelstein is an award-winning entrepreneur (Shar...

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