In rebellion of Unschooling dogma

I’m an autistic parent (which means that I am autistic and I am also a parent), and my family is a Radical Unschooling family. It is disheartening to be ignored and silenced within Unschooling communities, however this is what happens all the time to autistic parents who wish to speak about the intersection between neurodivergence […]

25 Ways to Make Homeschooling More Accessible

Previously I wrote an open letter to the homeschooling community about how there is a widespread lack of support and accommodations for disabled homeschoolers in general. Many people commented in support of the piece, adding that they had had similar experiences, and some even said that they had simply resigned themselves to being excluded. However, there […]

The Importance of No

CW: Compliance training, mention of abuse. Compliance is a word that many autistic people and parents of autistic children automatically associate with behavioral therapy such as ABA, but in fact a lot of everyday parenting and teaching hinges on behaviorism with compliance as a goal. Sticker charts for various tasks or for “good behavior,” withholding privileges […]

Image shows hands holding a coffee mug with text: In our family, we value rest time. We accept that we need time to process the world. We acknowledge our need to recover from sensory assaults and the searing intensity of other people.

Come back home and rest

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 […]

A word meme with white text on a blue background which says: If we as parents and educators truly embrace the neurodiversity paradigm, and accept that there is not one correct way for children to move, focus, plan or think, then we have to remove 'deficit' and 'disorder' from ADHD. - Briannon Lee

What if we changed the Ds in ADHD?

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. […]