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. […]

Green background with the words: Please know there is nothing wrong with you. Not even a little bit. You are incredible and strong and bright....You are so many things, but not one part of you is broken - Court Alice Thatcher

Autistic, not broken

Autism “professionals” tell me you need a lot of help and intervention. NOW, before the window closes. They say. They meet you and talk of deficits. They check boxes and tally scores. I disagree. You are not a thing in need of fixing. They are really missing out, these people who cannot see how perfectly […]

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Unschooling Surprise

I’m unschooling and it’s beautiful. I said it. I feel guilty about saying this. Life for us, is so different to most people that it feels like Im being smug about enjoying it. I don’t even know why I don’t allow myself permission to say “We unschool and we love it” when others discuss school […]

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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 […]

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Parenting, Unschooling, and Control.

Much of what is considered (in a mainstream sense) as ‘normal’ or ‘good’ or ‘effective’ parenting or education; is based upon control. I identify as a peaceful parent in an unschooling home, and as such I have rejected most of these ideas. In essence, the embracing of unschooling and/or respectful kinds of parenting, means the letting go […]