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Birthday Moments | by Briannon Lee

“Has he been invited to any birthday parties?” asks the psychologist. I am in the assessment room with our 3.5 year old. The psychologist is young, working for an Aspergers clinic with an excellent reputation. Her assessment is thorough. “No, he’s only three. Do kindy kids invite each other to birthday parties? We usually only […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Being free. Why we choose to homeschool our Autistic son.

Trigger Warning: Content includes references to abuse of children in schools, restrictive practices, restraint and seclusion The image of a little boy in a cage in an Australian school has been seared in to my mind this week. This UN World Autism Awareness Day (Autism Acceptance Day in our family) an inexcusable abuse of the […]