[59] S5, Ep4: Getting an autism diagnosis while doing a PhD in autism and parenting an autistic child
Topics in this episode: ADHD, autism and sport, autism research, autistic children, autistic parents, parenting, school, sensory issues, single parent, university

Gilly McKeown is an autism researcher in Brisbane, Australia. Originally from Manchester in the UK, she is in her thirties and was diagnosed autistic in 2021, when she was already more than halfway through her PhD in autism. She also has suspected ADHD, and is a single parent to her young autistic and ADHD daughter.

Like many autistic people she has pursued various different courses and degrees, including doing a degree in speech therapy, and at the time we recorded this episode she was just coming to the end of the third year of her PhD, looking at the challenges faced by autistic children and young people in sport.

In our conversation we talk about

➡ Parenting an autistic daughter as an autistic adult, and what’s changed since they’ve both been diagnosed

➡ When is a good time to share a child’s diagnosis with them

➡ The difficulties she faced as an undiagnosed autistic student on an undergraduate course

➡ Her research into access to sport for autistic children and young people

➡ The barriers to inclusivity in sport, including sensory and physical needs – and ableism.

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

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I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



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