“He seems so much… better,” she commented, smiling at my son. We were at a small get-together with someone we hadn’t seen for six months. Better than… what I wondered? Better than when he used AAC full-time to communicate? When he could use his talker to tell us about Thomas, ask for ice cream for […]
About Briannon Lee
Briannon is a queer, autistic social worker and scientist who lives in Australia with her wife and three children. All of Briannon’s family are neurodivergent. Briannon is currently home educating her three children.
Entries by Briannon Lee
Once, my family life looked like this: two working parents, one child in kindergarten, playgroup, soccer, music, and playdates with friends in-between. We were stressed, we were exhausted, we were constantly melting down, and we were taking medication to cope. We are all neurodivergent. Identifying and understanding our neurodivergence has created space for some significant […]
What if we changed the Ds in Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from Deficit and Disorder to Difference and Diversity? Children (and adults) with ADHD are terribly stigmatised in our society. ADHD is seen as either a fictitious invention of modern life, or a disorder in children needing treatment. The neurodiversity paradigm* disputes both of these perspectives. […]
It is just over a year since we withdrew our eldest child from formal education because the stress was intolerable for him. I was tentative about our decision. As a successful ‘product’ of formal education, I had never considered homeschooling, let alone the child-lead unschooling adventure we have embarked on. But we did it because we had […]
by Leia Solo and Briannon Lee 10:52 Leia Solo I’ve noticed there is a lot of concern amongst parents about their autistic children making friends. They worry that they don’t seem interested in other kids, or they can’t seem to play with them in ways that ‘typical’ kids do, or they have really different interests. Friendship […]