Entries by Briannon Lee

5 reasons we love unschooling

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 […]

Friendships and autistic children: A conversation between autistic friends

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 […]

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 […]