Parenting at the Intersections: Raising Neurodivergent Children of Color

Parenting Pr. Jan. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781641608893. pap. $19.99. CHILD REARING
Psychotherapist Ramesh and play therapist/parenting coach Saaral are both women of color with ADHD who view parenting neurodivergent BIPOC children as an opportunity to change the world’s flawed perspective and definition of “normal.” Children of color often face being viewed as “other” as well, which gives them double the amount of obstacles to navigate. To help, the authors advocate for parenting as an act of social justice—an effort to make all bodies and all brains feel supported. The two write through the lens of intersectionality, disability justice, neurodiversity paradigm, attachment, and a developmental perspective of childhood. Each chapter includes a guide for further information on understanding important topics such as victimization, online racism, school and online bullies, and much more. One of the book’s many highlights is the section on how to find community for parents and their children.
VERDICT A necessary, engaging, educational, and eye-opening perspective, not often found, about parenting children of color with neurodivergence. It’s also a powerful call to action to make parenting a form of disruption to oppressive systems and people.
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