[78] S6, Ep11: The challenges of being autistic at work, and exploring the link between autistic trauma and our health
Topics in this episode: anxiety, autism and trauma, autism at work, autistic teacher, being social, bullying, health, homeopathy, nervous system, self acceptance, sensory issues

Claire Gardener is a homeopath and primary school teacher in London in the UK. She is 45 and self diagnosed as autistic five years ago, after experiencing burnout in her teaching role.

A special interest in children’s literature lead to her first career in book editing, which came to an end as a result of workplace bullying. Since her burnout, she has trained in homeopathy, and continues to work part time as a teacher.

Her specialism as a homeopath is in working with other late-diagnosed autistic women and non-binary people to help them come to terms with their autism by exploring the impact that autistic trauma has on their nervous systems, and how they cope with and manage the effects of this day-to-day.

In our conversation we talk about

➡ The challenges of being an autistic teacher

➡ Managing the social aspect of workplaces, and her experience of workplace bullying

➡ Trauma and how it manifests in autistic people

➡ How trauma, anxiety and the nervous system interplay in autistic minds and bodies

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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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