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Welcome to “Speaking of the Spectrum” – an Autism Podcast, for everyone!

Hosts Shahrukh Sultan and Joe Templin navigate the colorful world of autism with heart, humor, and insightful guests. Join them as they share personal stories, decode parenting challenges, and celebrate remarkable individuals in the autism community.

Tune in for an inspiring journey filled with love, laughter, and spectrum insights! New Episodes every Friday on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Follow on Instagram and TikTok for the latest updates.

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Recent Episodes

Episode 9: The penultimate episode of our first season, “Just In the Spectrum” , delves into a myriad of topics, offering a rich and enlightening discussion for our listeners.

Kicking off the episode, Shahrukh and Joe address the common struggle of insomnia, not only for individuals on the spectrum but also for autism parents. They introduce a bio-hack involving music to combat sleep deprivation, providing practical tips for a better night’s sleep.

Today’s “Fact of the Day” segment sparks a conversation around the rising prevalence of adult autism diagnoses and its implications, from military service to cognitive abilities. They explore the concept of syncopation and its relevance to attention spans in contemporary society, drawing parallels from the world of jazz music.

Recognizing our “Hero of the Day,” Lieutenant-Colonel Trevor Semeniuk, the hosts celebrate his remarkable journey as someone with autism and ADHD. Trevor’s “constellation thinking” abilities are highlighted for their unique approach to processing information.

Adding an intriguing twist, our special “wildcard” guest Justin Gaines joins the conversation. Justin, who secured his spot on the podcast at our Soirée for Autism, shares his personal connection to the spectrum and the journey of adult diagnoses. He sheds light on his own podcast, “The Balanced Blueprints Podcast,” which explores the intricate relationship between health and wealth. Together, they delve into the pursuit of balance in life and challenge the notion of striving for perfection.

As Justin’s candid sharing opens the door to deeper discussions, the value of self-awareness emerges as a central theme. The hosts explore how self-awareness can lead to adult diagnoses and its profound impact later in life compared to childhood.

Join Shahrukh, Joe, and their esteemed guests as they navigate the complexities of sleep, syncopation, and self-awareness in “Just In The Spectrum“.

Episode 8: In this episode of “Speaking of the Spectrum,” we kick off by helping Shahrukh make #joesgems go viral while sharing heartwarming feedback received from viewers and listeners.

Exploring the crucial connection between autism and sleep, the hosts discuss how sleep deprivation or insomnia can impact social interactions and daily routines. They shed light on the challenges faced by individuals on the spectrum and offer insights into managing sleep-related issues.

The conversation shifts to the extraordinary talent of Stephen Wiltshire, a cityscape artist renowned for his ability to capture intricate details of global skylines. This discussion leads to exploring how autistic individuals process and display vast amounts of information, highlighting their potential contributions in the workplace.

With the Autism Dads and Moms (ADAM) Project, Shahrukh and Joe emphasize its purpose beyond a catchy name (HINT: #ryanreynolds) aiming to provide a platform for sharing practical tips and tricks for autism parents. Today’s tip focuses on recalibration and resetting routines for children on the spectrum.

In a poignant moment, the hosts address the challenges faced by parents of autistic children, encouraging them not to give up despite the hardships. They share personal experiences, urging parents to give themselves grace and continue stepping up for their families, emphasizing the importance of resilience and support within the autism community.

Tune in for an emotional and empowering episode of “Speaking of the Spectrum.” 


Episode 7: Welcome to “Recruiting the Spectrum“, a dynamic episode of “Speaking of the Spectrum” where hosts Shahrukh Sultan and Joe Templin delve into the intricacies of fostering inclusive workplaces and physical fitness for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Autism and Physical Fitness: Dive into the intersection of autism and physical fitness, addressing the lack of physical activity among autistic individuals and innovative approaches like bio-hacking to unlock its benefits. Discover local businesses that provide specialized physical training spaces tailored to the needs of autistic children, promoting health and well-being in the autism community.

Special Guest: Joining the conversation is Ludmila Praslova, a PHD autistic professional who provides neuro-inclusion training to large organizations. Ludmila discusses her brand new book, “The Canary Code,” which challenges social and political assumptions in the workplace to create better environments for everyone. She shares insights into removing blockers to recruitment and enabling success for neuro-divergent individuals professionally, highlighting organizations and professionals that are leading the way in supporting neuro-diverse talent.

Tune in to “Recruiting the Spectrum” for an enlightening exploration of workplace inclusion, physical fitness, and the remarkable achievements of individuals on the autism spectrum. With expert insights and inspiring stories, this episode aims to empower and uplift the autism community and beyond.


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