Autism Interview #182: Laura Weldon on Wellness, Treating Autistic Burnout, and Embracing Neurodiversity in Medicine

Laura Z. Weldon, ND, MS is a naturopathic physician who loves exploring how people think, feel, sense, and connect. Weldon earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, a master’s degree in integrative mental health, an undergraduate degree in english literature and post-bacc pre-med degree. Her interdisciplinary research currently focuses on the pathophysiology and treatment of autistic burnout, and her work advocates for a neurodiversity paradigm shift across both medicine and society. She provides trauma-informed naturopathic consulting and coaching services, using herbs, nutrition, movement, health counseling, and craniosacral therapy to establish and embody a radical concept of wellness that includes autistic and disabled populations. This week she shared her research on autistic burnout and how she advocates for a neurodiversity paradigm shift in medicine.

PDA Life Hacks

Jo Richardson is a parent advocate and author from the UK. Richardson blogs at Different Not Deficient on a variety of different topics related to parenting, mental health, autism, and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Last week she shared how PDA affects her daily life and how others can recognize and support others with PDA tendencies. The article below was originally published on her blog on December 6, 2019. It is reposted here with her permission.

Autism Interview #181: Flo Neville on Autistic Health and Wellbeing

Flo Neville is an autistic PhD candidate at the University of the West of England, exploring autistic peoples’ needs for the time and space to just be themselves. Her Masters dissertation Autistics, Autodidacts and Autonomy was the inspiration for Autism HWB, a health and wellbeing website by and for autistic people. She lives with her husband, teenage daughters, dog and cat in a village in the South West of England. This week she discussed the autistic health resource portal she manages and her research on how late-diagnosed autistic women manage their own health and wellbeing.

Autism Interview #179: Andi Barclay on Late Diagnosis and Autism Prejudice

Andi Barclay was diagnosed as autistic as an adult at the age of 24 during her first year at graduate school. Within months of that diagnosis, Barclay published a few articles on NeuroClastic on her reaction to that recent diagnosis. Barclay thought it was important to immortalize those raw and honest feelings when they were fresh because she knew she would quickly forget how that felt. Barclay didn’t see her feelings represented in the autism blogs she was reading, and wanted to change that. This week she shared her experience grappling with a new diagnosis, prejudice about autism, and fitting into the Autistic community. Below is a transcript of our interview that has been edited for clarity.

Autism Interview #175: David Hall, Marcelle Ciampi, Tabitha Molett, and Carrie Blackman on the #DiversityWithDignity Global Roundtable

I’m excited to share the upcoming launch of the Diversity with Dignity Global Roundtable! This new online event will share resources and insights related to neurodiversity, autism, or similar neurological profiles. You can find updates at Spectrum Suite LLC on LinkedIn. The Diversity with Dignity Global Roundtable is a unique platform welcome to everyone (neurotypical or neurodivergent) that will enable questions to be asked and questions to be answered by multiple people from all walks of life.