Autistic Voices

Autistic Voices

Dive into the dynamic realm of autism and neurodiversity with me, Evalynne Charmer, host of the ’Autistic Voices’ podcast. As the founder of Ed Elf Child Therapy, an award-winning online therapy platform, I’m passionate about shedding light on the beautifully complex autistic experience. Join me for intimate, eye-opening conversations with autistic individuals and those who are neurodivergent. Together, we’ll uncover extraordinary perspectives often overlooked in our society. Each episode aims to deepen your understanding, challenge assumptions, and build an empathetic, inclusive community around autism. In ’Autistic Voices,’ we explore the rich tapestry of neurodiversity, offering you a nuanced appreciation for our diverse world. Beyond captivating stories, expect profound insights that will expand your empathy and contribute to reshaping societal perceptions of autism. Embark on this transformative journey with us. Download episodes of ’Autistic Voices’ today to access remarkable tales and powerful wisdom directly from our neurodivergent community. It’s time to redefine autism - be part of this evolution and let’s rethink autism together!


September 12, 2023 63 mins

Silvan Ruthenberg (adaptive autist) is back on the Autistic Voices podcast, with an update on co-hosting World Autism Awareness Day 2023 and his new role as Global Lead for IONs (Institute of Neurodiversity), with the aim of bringing together one million people from over 100 countries ‘ION is a Global Charity, Membership and Human Rights organisation for neurominorities and allies.

By coming together we can form a strong voice and ...

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Evalynne speaks with Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher PhD about her late autistic diagnosis that she received the evening before her father’s funeral during Covid restrictions.  We also talk about social and emotional mental health, stigma and ‘coming out’ as autistic both personally and publicly.  Dr Woods-Gallagher also discusses her amazing wealth of experience and passion for equality, the impact of the pandemi...

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In this exciting episode, join us as we catch up with Willow, one of our most memorable guests from the early days of the show. As a late-diagnosed autistic woman, Willow brings an incredible depth of personal and professional experience to the forefront of autism advocacy, championing the cause of neurodivergent individuals across various organizations and initiatives, including Disability Wales, Autistic UK, Fair Treatment for Wo...

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In this latest episode of Autistic Voices, host Evalynne Charmer has the pleasure of chatting with 17 year old film & broadcast student Thomas about his fears and hopes for adulthood, dressing up as Spiderman for a living and hoping young children can suspend their belief system!


We also talk a bit about Lewis Capaldi, Tourette Syndrome, Dyslexia, being autistic and ADD/OCD  and the impact of anxiety.


Join us now.


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Evalynne Charmer chats to Paula Burl-McCartney about dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder and autism in the latest episode of Autistic Voices.

They also discuss the challenges of mainstream education for some children with special needs, mental health, including the impact of social media and external factors on young people. 

They consider alternative education options for children with mental health issues, and the value...

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Join Evalynne Charmer, therapist and fellow autist, as she sits down with Anna Taylor, founder of Autism Matters, based in the North East of England.  Autism Matters is a non profit organisation offering a range of support and services for Autistic adults designed by Autistic adults, in Teeside and Newcastle.

Anna's vision for expanding Autism Matters into other cities and towns is root...

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In this episode, Autistic Voices podcast host Evalynne Charmer is interviewed by Autistic Radio.

They discuss Evalynne's love of radio and the inspiration behind her podcast series, Autistic Voices. Listeners can follow Autistic Radio on Podbean or other podcast providers, or visit their website to learn more.


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Prepare to be captivated by an enlightening conversation that presents a golden opportunity to reshape your perception of autism and champion the principles of neurodiversity.  Join therapist and fellow autist, Evalynne Charmer, in this episode of Autistic Voices, as she interviews Benna McCartney, a late-diagnosed autistic woman.

As a singer-songwriter, mother, and wife, Benna’s story is a testament to the diversity of the autisti...

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Welcome to a special episode of Autistic Voices, where Evalynne Charmer engages in an inspiring conversation with Dr. Laura Hull, shedding light on the "Me, My Autism and I" campaign. This remarkable discussion, coinciding with World Autism Acceptance Week, is set to ignite a powerful ongoing dialogue, advocating for the support necessary to unlock the full potential of the autistic community.

Tune in as Dr. Hull delves i...

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In Episode 26 of Autistic Voices, host Evalynne Charmer interviews Simon Preston, an autistic man who became an advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace after the death of his three-year-old daughter.  The conversation provides valuable insight into the experiences and perspectives of the autistic community, particularly in relation to neurodiversity and the workplace.

Listeners are warned about the sensitive topic of bereaveme...

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Autistic Voices is a podcast that features authentic conversations about autism, showcasing a range of perspectives and experiences. In Episode 25, host Evalynne Charmer speaks with Rorie Fullerton and Emma Reardon from Autism Wellbeing CiC, an organisation dedicated to empowering autistic communities.

Listen in as they discuss how autism presents in individuals,  talk about sensory issues and reveal the drive behind creating Autis...

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In Episode 24 of Autistic Voices, host Evalynne Charmer talks with Nick, a young autistic man who discusses his discovery of being autistic and what it means for him. Nick shares his experiences living between home in Kent and boarding school in Sussex and provides valuable insights into the journey of discovering his autism.  Nick talks openly about some of the challenges he has faced, and why sport, pa...

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Join host Evalynne Charmer in a heartfelt conversation with Vanessa Hughes on the latest episode of Autistic Voices.

Get ready to explore the world of 'Autistic-Ness' as Vanessa shares her personal experiences of living with autism. From navigating sensory sensitivity to social interactions and self-acceptance, Vanessa's insights shine a light on the challenges and strengths of the autistic community.

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Dive into the captivating world of autism and unlock the power of autistic voices with Evalynne Charmer,  founder of the acclaimed Ed Elf Child Therapy. Are you seeking a brighter path for neurodivergent children and young adults? Tune in as Evalynne not only addresses your burning questions but also transforms the way you perceive child mental health and therapy.

Experience the profound insights that come from authentic experience...

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In Episode 21 of Autistic Voices, host Evalynne Charmer has an authentic conversation with Silvan Ruthenberg, a linguist and neurodivergence coach and speaker.

The discussion covers a range of topics, including Ruthenberg's experience as the  Adaptive Autist, ADHDer, and hyperlexic learner, as well as his passion for ice baths!

Tune in to learn more about the fascinating world of neurodiversity and the unique perspectives of those ...

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Join host Evalynne Charmer in an engaging conversation with Guy Walsh, a multi-talented photographer, actor, comedian, and wrestling newcomer, as they delve into his journey towards an ADHD diagnosis.

Discover how Guy navigated the challenges of NHS waiting lists, and how his anxiety diaries and acting skills have helped him in life.

This candid and insightful episode of Autistic Voices is a must-listen for anyone seeking a deeper ...

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Step into a world of transformation with our guest presenter, the dynamic Nicky Collins, as she engages in a captivating conversation with Suzan Issa – a beacon of hope and a master of therapeutic emotional regulation coaching. Drawing from her extensive background as a former SENDco, Suzan specializes in empowering families to not only prevent but also mend the emotional wounds that life can bring.

In this riveting episode, explor...

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Join Evalynne in an enlightening conversation with the remarkable 16-year-old Eddie. A trailblazer with a trans, non-binary, autistic, and ADHD identity, Eddie shares their profound insights on navigating the world through the lens of autistic thinking. From school experiences to a deep passion for film and hockey, Eddie's journey offers a fresh perspective on embracing individuality.

Tune in as they delve into the essential change...

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Embark on an enlightening journey with Lalli Gualco Howell, a distinguished member of the Autism Team at Brighton Hospital NHS and Autism Surrey. In this episode, we delve deep into the world of diagnosis, labels, and pioneering approaches to support neurodivergent individuals in independent school settings.

Gain a comprehensive 360-degree view of neurodivergence and discover practical insights that can reshape perspectives on lear...

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Evalynne talks with 25 yr old Kayde, aka ‘Go Faster Boy’ on Soundcloud, about music, his debut album ‘Trigger Warning’, mental health, and navigating life in general as an autistic ADHD-er.


This episode was first broadcast on UK Health Radio on 13 October 2022.


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