Thomas Henley

Autism Consultant, Public Speaker and Podcaster

Advocate & Autism Consultant Offering 1-2-1 Autism Consultancy, Workplace Training and Online Resources.

World #1

I host Thoughty Auti - The Autism Podcast

Services

Thomas is a skilled Autism Consultant and Workplace Trainer

Modelling

One of few Neurodivergent models on the internet.

Supporting Individuals On The Spectrum

I’m An Autism Consultant

Thomas offers a 1-2-1 Consultancy to Autistic adults or partners of Autistic people. With a person-centred and Neurodiversity-Affirming approach, Thomas aims to help you overcome barriers, learn about yourself and set goals! 

Unmasking & Sensory Profiling

Interpersonal Relationships

Understanding Neurotypicals

Neurodiversity Affirming

Online & NO Need For Cameras

YouTube & Podcasting

Thomas is a self-taught creator and autism advocate with a Top 2% Podcast ‘Thoughty Auti – The Autism Podcast‘, an autism-focused podcast which has interviewed such public figures:

Temple Grandin, Siena Castellon, Steve Silberman and Professor Baron-Cohen. 

His YouTube channel offers full video versions of the podcast, daily shorts, and biweekly podcast clips.

Thomas’  aim is to make easily accessible content for autistic adults to improve on themselves, help parents understand their child on a deeper level, and help partners of Autistic individuals understand them on a deeper level and improve their love life.

Autism Consultant

Thomas has a strong experience in special needs teaching, charity work, Biomedical Sciences and community work with autistic adults; offering advice on mental health, relationships, self-improvement, workplace integration and leadership.

Particular areas of speciality include:

Autistic Individuals, Autistic:Non-Autistic Relationships, Mental Health, Dating, Sensory Improvement,  Late-Diagnosed/Undiagnosed experiences, and interpersonal relationships.

*Autism Consultant Coming Soon*

Speaking/Training

Thomas offers tailored workplace training sessions to charities, businesses, events and governmental bodies.

Thomas has professional experience delivering training sessions in all these arenas, a lot of media experience and a wealth of new perspectives to share on both the experential and scientific sides of Autism.

Thomas also offers his time for events, interviews, podcasts and YouTube videos.

He has spoken for or on the DWP, BBC Radio Manchester, Womens Radio, The Autism Show, PsychReg, Doing It! Podcast, and The Aspie World’s podcast.

Modelling

Thomas Henley is one of the few Autistic models on the internet.

He is a brand ambassador to Born Anxious and Anna Kennedy OBE, modelling in the London CHABS UK launch of Harvey Prices Gold Collection at Hilton Canary Wharf hotel in 2022.

Thomas is open to modelling in fitness, runway and commerical shoots. He’s also willing to take part in artistic and social change photoshoots on:

Autism, Mental Health, Eating Disorders and Neurodiversity.

 

Autism Advocacy Is My 

Meaning & Saviour

Helping other people isn’t just a passion for Thomas, it is the reason he gets out of bed in the morning and continues to battle his own hardships.

As an Autism Consultant, he seeks to make the world of Autism easier to navigate and understand for both neurotypicals and autistic individuals. 

9x More Likely To Die From Suicide

Autistic adults without a learning disability are 9x more likely to die from suicide – Autistic children are 28x more likely to think about or attempt suicide

Only 16% In Full-Time Employment

16% of autistic adults are in full-time employment, with 32% working part-time – Less than the 80% national UK average

7x More Likely To Suffer From Chronic Loneliness

Autistic people are 7x more likely to suffer from chronic loneliness – undiagnosed adults can often end up without a support network.

1 In 3 Autistic People Have A Mental Health Condition

Around 40% of autistic individuals suffer from anxiety disorders – 10-72% suffer with depression, but half those who took their own lives went undiagnosed.

Only ~4 In 10 Are Learning Disabled

Those with ASD-1 (previously known as Aspergers Syndrome) often have above-average intelligence, have special skills and excel academically in certain areas.

About Me

Thomas is an Autism Consultant, Public Speaker, Expert By Experience and host of Thoughty Auti – The Autism Podcast, the WORLDS TOP Autism podcast! Thomas is a former National and Commonwealth Championship Taekwondo Gold medalist, and owner of the ‘Best Male Fighter’ trophy for his heavyweight bouts.

Diagnosed at 10 with Aspergers Syndrome and 14 with severe mental health conditions and eating disorders… Thomas had incredibly low self-confidence, felt isolated and experienced a lot of negativity in school. His condition worsened through the years, struggling with issues such as intense suicidal ideation, daily panic attacks, self-injury and regular meltdowns.

Thomas was initially set on becoming a scientist and an athlete, achieving a honours degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester and a Commonwealth Gold medal in Taekwondo (a kicking based combat sport). He spent 1 year abroad in Chiang Mai (Thailand), studying mosquitoes for disease prevention and spent 2 months of his time backpacking around South East Asia.

He spent the little free time he had at University blogging on Instagram and YouTube, researching Psychology, Philosophy and practicing his social skills with neurotypical adults. His ventures in life had helped him a lot with forming a meaningful life connections, improving his functioning, and conceptualising his issues…

No matter how hard he tried or what he tried, he couldn’t feel ‘happier’ and this was a turning part for him. Following the Warriors Archetype he set on using his negativity for something positivity, finding meaning behind the struggle and focussing on others in the world.

In this current day (2023) he’s racked up a lot of hours improving on a wide variety of skills like fitness, public speaking, activism, male cosmetics, relationships and continues to learn about Autism. Modelling for Harvey Prices Gold Collection at the CHABS London event, starting a line of Autism fitness aparrel with Born Anxious, and being an ambassador for Anna Kennedy OBE.

Thomas has volunteered a large amount of his time with government, Autistic community and many charity organisations, both independently and through his place of work. 

 

“I’m a passionate autism advocate, and I use my different brain to approach emotional/social and neurological differences in a unique and insightful way.”

Thomas Henley, Autism Consultant, Podcaster, Speaker and Advocate

 

“I met Thomas a few months ago on my 'All things Autism Radio' programme where during our interview he shared that he was in the process of creating his video piece 'Aspergers In Society'.

In my opinion this a real insight on living with Aspergers Syndrome. Thomas has been creative by showcasing many individuals sharing their experiences and giving advice from their own personal, different perspectives. He's an amazing autism advocate. Keep up the great work.”

Anna Kennedy OBE

Founder, Anna Kennedy Online

“I recently watched 'Asperger’s in Society' on YouTube, a film that highlights life on the spectrum and explores the connection between autism and mental health. I found the film incredibly interesting and engaging - it was really well produced and goes a long way in terms of raising awareness of what it's like to be autistic with co-occurring mental health conditions.”

John Offord

Journalist, BBC

Testimonials

"One thing that I love about Thomas' podcast series, is how he talks a lot about his own experience - as well as covering topics related to autism. I think that will really inspire many listeners, either who have a diagnosis of autism or who may be exploring whether they need a diagnosis. He's been through a lot, but here he is communicating and sharing his experience with others"

Professor Simon-Baron Cohen

Director, Cambridge Autism Research Centre

"Thomas handles delicate subjects with poise and dignity; there is an effortless charm to his podcasts that lends trust to the listener."

Andy Backhouse

Manager, Harrogate Community Radio

"Thomas' film opens the door to the discussion of further issues in communities especially for those on the spectrum not receiving inclusion or support that they are entitled too, highlighting the issues to tackle them head on. Thomas is an amazing autism advocate with a lot of promise as the future of autism."

Kellie Croft

Company Director, Born Anxious

“Thomas' work gives a rare and valuable insight into life as experienced by young autistic people in a world and culture that is not optimised for them. Challenging the conception that there's something "wrong" with autistic people, his documentary is a great opportunity to understand a perspective that is not readily visible in everyday life.”

Guy Shahar

Founder, The Transforming Autism Project

“Thomas has been inspirational as a junior ambassador for Fighting for Autism (Europe) in helping to raise autism awareness, but also highlighting the need for acceptance and inclusion. Getting to see this remarkable gentleman grow through his Aspergers Growth channel on social media has been a privilege to see."

Paul Greaney

Trustee, Fighting For Autism

Become Your Own Autism Advocate. Let’s Talk.

Viewers have told Thomas that his ability to continue being functional and productive despite all the challenges he faces, gives people a lot of motivation to work on themselves. Of course that, in turn, has given Thomas the drive to continue his work as an autism advocate through being an Autism Consultant, Training and Podcasting.

Thomas plans to use his recent Dimensions – Autism Leaders List award to help him access the mainstream media, to advocate for better mental health support for autistic people, and for more enlightened teaching about autism in schools.

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