Entries by Briannon Lee

10 ‘Autism Interventions’ for Families Embracing the Neurodiversity Paradigm

In most places, as soon as a child is identified as autistic, they are funnelled straight in to early intervention therapies. Based on a medical model of disability, these therapies see autistic children as disordered, and aim to change autistic children so that they will play, communicate and move more like their ‘typically developing’ peers. […]

A second coming out & getting proud by practising

“Briannon is a proudly queer, autistic woman with three autistic children” Sometimes I feel my ‘intro to Bri’ should swap the word ‘proudly’ with ‘fearful’, because most days my Autistic pride feels more like fear. That’s because identifying as autistic in my 30s is my second coming out.My first coming out was when I fell […]

He almost died / The beauty of every breath

Content Note: Mentions of child illness & hospitals My sweet boy sleeps beside me now, his rhythmc breaths interrupted only by toddler sleep-sighs. He is divine. And I feel so relieved to hear him breathe. Because he almost wasn’t born, he almost didn’t get the chance to take his first breath. Because when he was born, […]

I see you. I invite you to see me.

I see you, Sitting in the car outside the paediatrician’s office. In shock. Your child has been diagnosed with autism, by a health professional using a list of deficits in a manual of Mental Disorders. You have a long report about your child’s problems. All the ways they’re different to other children. All the things […]

It’s OK to say NO to socialising

I’m reaching out to others like myself, who are starting to challenge our community’s absolute belief in the supreme goodness of formal socialisation for all children; the unquestioning belief that all children must attend kindergarten and school, playgroups and playdates. To the parents of children that are introverted, anxious or different in ways that make […]