Giving success a helping hand

Most of the opinions I hear surrounding neurodivergent people, centre around the idea that they should be working toward functioning, living, and acting like a neurotypical person would. There is talk of how this can be done, of what ‘works’ or doesn’t. People swap techniques over cokes or cappuccinos, at parks and playgroups, and in […]

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 […]

Image shows a sun behind clouds with words saying: You don't have to understand everything

You Don’t Have to Understand Everything

As an autistic parent to an autistic child, I often play the role of a cultural ambassador in online parenting forums. Some neurotypical parents of autistic children – not as many as I’d like, really – are keen to hear from autistic people when it comes to understanding their children’s neurotype and their experiences of […]

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. […]