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Laura Zdan

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Join the genuine and brutally honest account (in real-time) of Laura Zdan's late diagnosis journey as she navigates the complexities that she may be on the spectrum. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneurotypicalpodcast/support
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On episode 38 I update listeners on how getting back into the workforce has been going for me. We also discuss elopement (fight or flight/stress response), needed coping skills and asking for school/work accommodations. FOLLOW ME: Instagram: @laurazdan Facebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan …
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On episode 37 I get real with you... let's discuss "the turbulence" and why my life seems to be at a crossroad right now. Link to NY Post Article mentioned in this episode: https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/i-didnt-find-out-i-was-autistic-until-i-was-an-adult-at-35/ FOLLOW ME: Instagram: @laurazdan Facebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laur…
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On episode 36 I break down my challenges of processing the realization I was autistic, struggles I had within the autism community and as an advocate, and what I'm doing to break free from harsh realities of people-pleasing. FOLLOW ME: Instagram: @laurazdan Facebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laura…
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In episode 35 I discuss taking the ACE score test (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and separating past trauma from my neurotype... and other ramblings.FOLLOW ME:Instagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneur…
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I’ve been working on my mindset lately and I’ve learned that ONLY focusing on the bad that could happen tends to also close me off to accepting the good that may come my way, which is the good that I deserve. It’s the good things I’ve been working toward. What’s the point of working so hard for our growth if we’re closed off to the good things? Tun…
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Autistic burnout is 'the intense physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, often accompanied by a loss of skills, that some adults with autism experience.' I hit a massive burnout session and found myself in distress. I share more about what I did to help myself and my mental health out of this distressing situation. CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laur…
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In true ADHD fashion, (October was ADHD awareness month) the first podcast of November 2020 I'm bringing you my dear friend and ADHD Coach, Kristen Carder! We talk about her successes and what supports and help it took to get her there, handling shame related to success and self-investment, the 50/50 theory, as well as other awesome tips! Check out…
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Daniel M. Jones aka @TheAspieWorld is a Youtuber and one of the biggest autism advocates out there and he just happens to be my good friend! What I love about him the most is his ability to bring together autistic adults and parents of autistic kids which is something that is not always easy to do. Hear about Dan's current and past support needs an…
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On episode 29 we discuss connection and what that means. Why is this not studied more as it relates to the support of autistic adults? Why is support of adults an afterthought in many current studies? The connectivity theory of autism is discussed as well as the idea of doing a survey of our own.TAKE THE SURVEY HERE: https://www.laurazdan.com/commu…
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On episode 28 we discuss time management and time blindness related to executive dysfunction, but instead, I tell it to you like you're 5 because sometimes we just need to break it down and start over. If you're autistic or ADHD (or both like me) this episode will likely include some tips you haven't heard before! Here is the article about the (bri…
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Episode 27 is all about getting organized and clutter-free with neurodivergent adults and neurodiverse families in mind! It's a lot of info in a short amount of time so I created a free resource for visual learners to follow along and also a FREE 30-day de-clutter guide!For the free resource to help follow along go here: https://www.laurazdan.com/p…
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The 'Refrigerator Mother Theory' was a concept in the 1950s that proposed autism was caused by a lack of maternal warmth. This concept was debunked by the 1960s and 1970s but how far have we really come from this idea?Read Leo Kanner's "Autistic Disturbances of Autistic Contact" (the original observations of autism in children) here: http://simonsf…
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On episode 25 I continue from last week and we dive into "unwritten social rules" that seem to escape so many neurodivergent folks and also I share about why I am now off of social media. CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: http…
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When you're neurodivergent, it can often feel like everyone is communicating on a completely different wavelength than you. On Episode 24, I talk about how important it is to learn and accept the different communication styles of the neurodivergent people we love and what can often be missed. This is a great episode for parents of neurodivergent ki…
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What can I say that I haven't already? I'M STRUGGLING... and I am neurodivergent/Autistic/ADHD/What have you. I am all over the place! I am... ME! And that's okay. Let's talk about all of that and more. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneurotypicalpodcast/support
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I am beginning to see that the more I've learned, the more I need to UNLEARN. Society has shaped this whole world into a compliance machine and yet SO MANY of us don't fit into that box, and as I've said so many times, THERE ARE NO RULES! CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.yo…
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Can we just scrap 2020 and start all over again?? I am just disillusioned with everything and everyone... so let's talk about THAT. CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneurotypicalpodca…
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The past few weeks I've been researching into PTSD and other things that seem to affect Neurodivergent adults on a grand scale and in turn, I've been learning A WHOLE LOT about myself. A few things I've thought were just "my personality"? Well, they were actually (GASP) TRAUMA RESPONSES. Neurodivergent adults are no stranger to trauma response beca…
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WE ARE IN A DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY right now. Everything has changed in a matter of weeks and it is A LOT to process! On episode 18 I discuss coronavirus (briefly, don't worry, that is not the main discussion here) and how we're all dealing with this situation differently, I talk about meltdowns and burnout, easy traps we often fall into within…
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On episode 17, I go a bit deeper into the reality and complexities of unmasking. I question if it really is harmful, or bad for us, or is it an unrealistic expectation that puts unnecessary pressure on us?. I also weigh the risks and benefits while discussing why some parts of the late diagnosis journey (and maybe even goals of neurodiversity) may …
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On episode 16 (I mistakenly thought it was episode 17, woops!) I share about the past rollercoaster week that started with a disaster from hell and has now ended with more clarity than I feel like I've ever had. I question if masking is all bad, discuss emotional regulation, and how dysregulation sabotages way too much of my life, relationships, an…
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On episode 15, I share feedback I got from a psychologist regarding a past episode, I discuss cancel culture and why it hurts the adult autistic community/neurodiversity, discuss infighting within the community, and more! This episode is quite literally a thought stream of consciousness... so, enjoy my ramblings! CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazda…
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NT/ND relationships are not always easy, but they don’t have to be so hard! I invited my husband, Dylan, to join me and help me share our journey from both perspectives on The Not Neurotypical Podcast. We share the challenges we faced during my late diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, how we both needed different supports and we even answer ques…
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I invited Delaney Cline on the podcast to discuss common employment challenges facing ND/disabled adults. Delaney is an employment consultant for disabled adults entering the workplace and in this episode, we share our own challenges, she shares her own neurodivergent story, we share tips and tricks for self-advocacy in the workplace, interview tip…
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You probably already know about my autism evaluation, but what about all of the people who feel it IN THEIR BONES that they are autistic and their first evaluation goes wrong? I invited Carrie L. Johnson (host of the "Yeah, I Went There." Podcast) to discuss her adult autism evaluation and share more about her story. WATCH THE VIDEO PODCAST OF THIS…
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You've made it to season 2 with me! Season 1 was all about the realization and process of my late diagnosis. Now, starting my next season (season 2), I am learning how to find my voice and growing within this new world I've thrown myself into. Lots of fun to come on Season 2! I'm so happy you're joining me :)CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFace…
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Adding on to Episode 9 we're discussing #ActuallyUnmasking and everything you need to know before taking the mask off.CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneurotypicalpodcast/support…
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Neurodivergent adults need more support and one of the areas especially is unmasking, which I see as a major form of self-care. Watch and listen to learn more about what masking is, how to unmask, and most of all, how masking hurts the neurodiversity movement. #actuallyunmasking #actuallyautisticCONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.fac…
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On Episode 8 I share about how I came out of the Autistic Closet to my friends and family. I am finally proud to be publicly autistic... Most of all I am finally sharing a POSITIVE podcast with no negative struggles (well, maybe some). Join me as I share about how I am finally myself while enjoying throwing the mask away. #actuallyautistic #autisti…
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EVERYONE needs to hear this episode and NO ONE IS SAFE! On this episode we talk about ableism, neurodiversity and what it really means, autism, autistic adults and how we embrace each other, functioning labels, support levels and I even sprinkle in a little bit about autism moms (don't forget, I am one!)... This episode gets a little SPICY, but as …
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I have been noticing some odd things lately... it's funny how much perception affects SO MUCH about our daily lives. We discuss that and more in Episode VI AS WELL AS A SUPER FUN ANNOUNCEMENT! #actuallyautistic #autisticvoices #neurodiversity #adhd #adhdawarenessmonth #latediagnosisCONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iaml…
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Do you ever feel crushed by the pressure to be or act a certain way in certain situations? If so, this episode is for you! Since I have ADHD + ASD I've always felt like I crumble under pressure and I talk all about how I'm working on setting healthy boundaries and accepting myself for who I really am/what I really need... no pressure added! I also …
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Episode 4 is all about processing the diagnosis and dealing with some struggles that I've personally faced with a late diagnosis of ASD on top of my childhood ADHD diagnosis. I share the barriers I've been facing, including responsibilities and interpersonal struggles with sharing my new diagnosis with people around me. #actuallyautistic #autisticv…
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In Episode 3 I share the traits that resonated with me when I questioned if I could be autistic. These are the lesser-known (atypical) traits of autism that you don't hear about very often and they helped me accept myself and seek a diagnosis. **Autism is a S P E C T R U M and everyone presents differently typically present differently.**CONNECT WI…
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Episode 2 is a continuation of Episode 1 all about the events that lead up to and sharing more about my adult autism evaluation.CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notneurotypicalpodcast/s…
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On EPISODE 1 I share my raw and confusing journey including the REAL-TIME and natural reaction to finding out that even though I'm an entrepreneur and mom of 3, I may be autistic.CONNECT WITH MEInstagram: @laurazdanFacebook: www.facebook.com/Iamlaurazdan Twitter: @laurazdan Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/laurazdan--- Support this podcast: https://podca…
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Adults everywhere are realizing they are neurodivergent or on the spectrum at alarming rates! This podcast follows the journey of me, Laura Zdan, on my own realization from the very beginning and in real-time! Subscribe today to get the latest episodes and updates! CONNECT WITH ME Instagram: @laurazdan Facebook: www.facebook.com/notneurotypical Twi…
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