Neurodiverse Classrooms with Millie Carr

Jane interviews Millie Car from Millie Carr Books. Millie has ADHD, three neurodiverse children and is a primary school teacher in Melbourne.


- Millie talks about proactively setting up the classroom for neurodiverse learning from day one, let's not wait for something to happen, let's get ahead of it.

- This is great for diagnosed kids, pre-diagnosis kids or undetected kids by just NOT expecting all kids to act neurotypical.

- Can we cater to multiple diagnosis' with one approach ie. small changes in the classroom can make a big difference.

- Expectations on parents vs expectation on teachers.

- Home work expectations - can we all just do the bare minimum please?

- The changes to inclusion being implemented in Australia.

- Millie talks passionately about creating a culture of accepting all different students, how can we change the culture in schools?

- Teachers need time set aside for professional development for ADHD, ASD and neurodiversities. We can't expect them to just know.

- Jane calls for an overhaul of the education system (yet again).

- Millie discusses the teacher shortage and Jane discusses how it feels to be a parent where it feels the principal is always on the teacher's side.

- Jane loses her shit and gets on the high horse and regrets some of her wording about schooling system and the mental health crisis in our young people.

- Primary vs secondary education and how inclusion works.

- Millie and Jane discuss how yelling at neurodiverse kids just doesn't work.

- Why have we moved forward with inclusion in the workforce but not in schools?

- Are we getting to a place now that we know the system isn't working but we don't know what to do differently?

- Millie gives advice on how she personally would pick a school for her child, what to look for, what to avoid.

- Millie and Jane discuss private vs public (controversial topics lol)

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About the Author Jane McFadden

Jane McFadden, former psychologist turned neurodiversity specialist, found her passion after a late ADHD and autism diagnosis. She's the founder of Australia's largest online psychology company, helping veterans with PTSD. Now, she hosts the popular podcast "ADHD Mums" and speaks on neurodiversity, focusing on women and girls. Jane resides on the Sunshine Coast with her family.

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