Podcast #046: Neurodiversity & Dyspraxia

On a grey carpet with a pole in the centre of shot, there appear to be five sets of bare feet each separated by a couple of metal rails. In reality it's a small passageway made up with mirrored walls and four of the feet and rails are mere reflections.

Welcome to Episode 46 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

To acknowledge both ADHD Awareness Month and Dyspraxia Awareness Week, this episode of my podcast talks about my experiences of being considered neurodiverse and the issues having neurodiversity – dyspraxia and ADHD in particular – cause me, not necessarily while travelling but more in my everyday life. I also talk about how it feels to ‘come out’ to myself, to accept them as part of who I am. This episode is a companion piece to my following episode, all about ‘coming out’ in the more traditional gender/sexual orientation way.

Topics discussed include:

  • My plans for October, including the Traverse Creator Awards
  • October has a lot of awareness days/weeks/month in it
  • Why I’ve never been medically diagnosed with anything, and that I’m not a drug dealer
  • ‘Gifted Kid’ syndrome – cue the smallest violins
  • Why I can’t speak Spanish, and other stories
  • Everyone should have a therapist
  • An introduction to Dyspraxia – it’s not just clumsiness
  • Why I can’t drive or ride a bike …
  • … nor dance, nor draw, nor be an architect
  • How I cope with dyspraxia and why I should wear shoes more
  • Am I disabled?
  • Do I need to ‘come out’ as neurodiverse at all?

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice. Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do. In addition, a PDF transcript of this episode is available by clicking here.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

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Contributions in this episode come from:

  • Kate-Frankie, at This Could Lead To Anywhere
  • My friend Kira, who … may have an Instagram – it’s sometimes hard to tell, and
  • Mmy friend Dayna who ‘used to have a Tumblr’
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