Episode 11

Published on:

13th May 2023

11 | Eating Disorders & Neurodivergence

Annie Crowe 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!

Enjoy! x

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Princess and the Pea Podcast
For Autistic ADHD PDA 2e Adults
Podcast launched in May 2022 by Neurodivergent Women, for Neurodivergent Women. Discussing neurodiversity, mental health, motherhood, inclusive employment, barriers to diagnosis, neurodiversity affirming health care, and more.

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Annie Crowe

Annie Crowe is a human rights lawyer and proud Autistic ADHD PDA 2e Disabled Spoonie.

In 2022, Annie founded NeuroAccess after a decade of practicing private and public law working for the Australian Government. She left her traditional employment in legal practice and public policy to focus on her community and improving the lives of neurodivergent people everywhere. Annie she speaks at national and international conferences, consults and trains professionals on neuroaccessibility, and coaches neurodivergent adults and families to build neuroaccessible lives and advocate for themselves in the many systems (health, employment, education) that too often misunderstand neuroaccess needs.

Annie is now a globally recognised voice and award-winning thought leader with her first book 'Neuroaccessibility: A Practical Guide to Building Accessibility for People Who Think Differently,' coming out in Nov 2023.

In May 2022, Annie launched this podcast and simultaneously founded not-for-profit EDNA (Eating Disorders Neurodiversity Australia) where she stepped down as CEO in Jan 2023 partially due to health reasons but mostly due to having successfully achieved her main goal of influencing the first Australian Eating Disorder Strategy (released Aug 2023). Annie continues to consult with the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC) to ensure eating disorder treatment and prevention acknowledges neurodivergent people and meets our access needs.

If you or your organisation are interested in working with Annie and the NeuroAccess team please contact us at info@anniecrowe.com.au