Amidst a huge volume of information and advice about how we can support our children to thrive, people forget to tell parents to explore our own neurodivergence. It’s a simple thing that can create so much change for our families. It has for mine. Parents of neurodivergent children (autistic, dyslexic, active-brained, bipolar, anxious etc), take […]
About Briannon Lee
Briannon is an 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
Strangers saying they’re sorry when they hear my children are autistic. Acquaintances telling me what a good parent I am just because I love and accept my children. A society that is scared of my children because they move, communicate or experience the world differently.
“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 […]
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. […]