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12 (Part 2 of 2)

Shiny Ball Syndrome

In part 2 of Annie's stimulating chat with the ausome Frances Brennan, an Autistic ADHD Speechie (aka Speech Pathologist), we end season 1 with a BANG!


Annie and Frances discuss everything from info dumping, masking, people pleasing, driving with ADHD, memory, distractions, exposure therapy, dysregulation, assuming competency, labels, and more on divergent eating.

At the end of this episode, Frances shares her frustration with the deficit-based language needed for NDIS reports and does something SO exciting! 

This is exactly why advocacy matters and why we need to keep these conversations going.


#StrongerTogether #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

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Frances and Annie's favourite NFP supporting autistic girls & women!



11 (Part 1 of 2)

Eating Disorders & Neurodiversity

Annie chats to the insightful and delightful Frances Brennan, an Autistic ADHD Speechie (aka Speech Pathologist) about her experience with disordered eating from a neurodiversity lens. 

In part 1 of 2 jam-packed episodes, Annie and Frances discuss everything from defining disordered eating to autistic communication differences, diet culture, weight stigma, autistic rules-based thinking, ADHD dopamine seeking, medical gaslighting, harmful psychological practices, sensory differences, social context of eating, PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), late diagnosis, speech pathology in practice and so much more!

Together, they highlight the importance of understanding how neurodivergent brains see and interpret the world in a healthcare context, including defining what "ideal" eating disorder recovery really looks like for neurodivergent people.

Given eating disorders and mental health care is one of Annie's special interests, you will not want to miss this!

She enjoyed talking to Frances SO much that they have a double episode - this is what happens with two AuDHDers share their passion for helping people. Yay!

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Butterfly Foundation

Please call the Butterfly Helpline on 1800 33 4673


In an emergency call 000

Yellow Ladybugs

Frances and Annie's favourite NFP supporting autistic girls & women!

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Neurodiversity & Allyship

Annie chats to Natalie Phillips-Mason, a change management professional and, more importantly, an ally to neurodivergent people everywhere. 

Annie and Natalie discuss everything from the importance of language, overt allyship, disclosure difficulties, and so much more!


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Autistic Mothers Group

Annie chats to Occupational Therapist and new mama, Claudia who is a neurotypical ally. Claudia works at Autism SA and was recently privileged to witness a fellow new mama (from mothers’ group) discover that was autistic. Annie and Claudia discuss the challenges of becoming a new mum and how autistic women (and AFAB individuals) can be better supported in the transition to parenthood. 

Annie is passionate about helping neurotypical health professionals become more neurodiversity-affirming in practice through the promotion and valuing of lived experience expertise. We all need to help shift away from the pathologising medical model of disability and towards the social model of disability that aligns with the neurodiversity paradigm. This is a human rights, anti-discrimination issue. And we won’t stop until we’ve changed the world! #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs #DisabilityPride

*Trigger warning: some ableist language is used in this episode so please be kind to yourself and know that we are all on our own journey trying to unpack out internalised ableism. Compassion is key - to ourselves and each other.

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ADHD, Motherhood and Money

Annie chats to Tina @theADHDaccountant about late diagnosis, motherhood and money!


In the first part of this episode, Tina shares how she discovered her neurodivergence after her son was diagnosed. And the wonderful self-acceptance and understanding a diagnosis (or self-identification) can bring.

Annie and Tina talk about parenting with ADHD and all the joys and struggles. And how much easier it is to work and live when you understand your divergent brain and can then accommodate it and stop fighting and hiding your neurodivergent traits.

Finally, they get into the money talk about budgets and impulse spending. Annie shares a shameful story from her past! Shhh!

Tina will be back next season to talk more about money management. Yay! Make sure you sign up to the FB Community Group if you'd like to ask questions before that episode!

Australian Financial Review article, "Why this company rejected the four-day work week" read here


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Strengths-Based Approach

Annie finishes her chat with the wonderful Amanda Morin (listen to our last episode on Twice Exceptional Humans for part 1), talking about the need for a strengths-based focus and universal design.


Amanda gives us some fabulous tips on communication preferences at work, from rephrasing questions to proactively sharing how you can work best. She shares her wealth of knowledge and lived experience in an authentic and articulate way that just leaves you wanting more - Annie just wouldn't let her leave!


Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a little surprise that Amanda and Annie are cooking up for you.

Don't forget to listen to episode 6 for the first half of this chat! 


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Twice Exceptional Humans

In this episode, Annie talks to exceptional human and thought leader, Amanda Morin.


Amanda talks about what it means to be twice exceptional, which means you are considered exceptional both because of your giftedness (IQ, creativity, etc) and because you are disabled (autistic, dyslexic, etc.). She explains it much better in this episode! 

Annie and Amanda shared their lived experiences as twice-exceptional humans and the unique challenges of this group that are often missed, dismissed, or unrecognised, both in support needs and giftedness. 


This is part 1 of 2 incredible discussions. Don't miss it!


Psychologists Can Be Autistic Too

Yesterday (18 June) was Autistic Pride Day!


A perfect weekend to post this neurodiversity-affirming episode, where Annie talks to fellow neurokin and autistic clinical psychologist, Dr Joey (aka @nd_psych on TikTok)!



Neurodiversity at Work

This is a jam-packed episode! Annie talks candidly to fellow ADHDer Kate Halpin, Principle Neurodiversity Consultant at Employ For Ability.


They discuss her work, which focuses on helping organisations understand the benefits of hiring neurodivergent people as part of their social inclusion and diversity programs.


Topics covered include everything from leadership to recruitment, retention, the great resignation and skills shortage, the evolving workforce post-pandemic, rejection sensitivity, communication differences, psychological safety at work, self-advocacy, flexible work practices, masking and much more.




Like Mother Like Daughter

Annie and her wonderful mum (Narelle) sit down and go through an online ADHD quiz to share some of their own neurodivergent traits as late-diagnosed Autistic ADHDers.


Key themes discussed below:


04:30 Q1 zero to a hundred


05:30 Q2 listening, distractions and covid


08:25 Q3 procrastination, perfectionism, rejection sensitivity, masking


22:36 Q4 therapy types, trauma, double empathy


35:40 Q5 study and failing


40:55 Q6 chaos and organisation (executive functioning)


47:55 Q7 following up


50:50 Q8 fatigue


51:40 Q9 consistency and saying the wrong thing


55:20 Q10 demand avoidant (PDA), dopamine seeking and self-acceptance


59:50 Q11 having guests over (hide the mess)


1:03:40 Q12 no more spoons (spoon theory) and pain sensitivity


1:07:15 Q13 imposter syndrome, masking, mirroring, identity


Quiz used from Additude: https://www.additudemag.com/self-test-adhd-symptoms-women-girls/ (note questions in this episode are used out of order)



Talks Too Much Meets Her Match

Annie catches up with the hilarious ADHD author Alana (aka @_talks_too_much_), to chat about her incredible book and her late-diagnosis journey to finding her neuro-spicy identity.


Introducing the Princess and her Pea

An introduction to the Princess and the Pea Podcast!


Episode one introduces your host, Annie and explains the podcast name choice and a bit of history about the neurodiversity movement.

0:00 Intro


1:00 What it's all about


1:30 The royal title and sensitivity


5:40 The neurodiversity movement


9:35 Who am I?


13:25 Question of the week


17:00 Outro



Listening to you made me book in for an autism test.


I'm an ADHDer and I never realised what autism in girls actually looks like.


I felt really seen.


Wow! I'm just so proud to know someone like you is advocating for us.


You spoke so eloquently and explained yourself (and us) so clearly. It was confronting to be so understood by a stranger but also warmth in knowing my huge emotions mean I get to love my daughter bigger and protect my loved ones more fiercely.

Keep doing what you're doing. It matters and it helps and you are reaching people who need it. Lots of love to you. xx


I'm an ND psych and Eating Disorder survivor and absolutely loved your interview on The Neurodivergent Woman podcast.

Thank you for speaking up and raising awareness for so many of us left behind.


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