Autism Explained was launched in March 2019 with the aim of empowering parents and teachers to create safe supportive environments for autistic children.
We wanted to create a peer reviewed course that provided information about autism, sensory, developmental and cognitive differences and how to explain and advocate for your child. We made the course cost less than the price of one specialist appointment, so that parents could begin to understand common autistic traits and behaviours. Parents, families, teachers and supporters can help build self esteem, understanding, and self acceptance in someone they love. This can begin before a diagnosis, and during the wait period for NDIS, and specialist services and assessments.
It is also our objective to promote a positive, inclusive, and balanced approach to autistic strengths, abilities and challenges. We want to start a movement that shares what autism is, and feels like, by providing free printable resources and videos that are autistically created.
Who We Are
We are Shannan Lea, and Paul Micallef. We are passionate about creating a more autistically inclusive, supportive, and positive world. We have created an amazing course for parents, friends, family, and teachers and this is the primary financial source of support for our Autism Explained Project. Our videos, and free printable material have all been made voluntarily, because we believe in what we do. We appreciate your support!
Shannan has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the
Australian National University and is completing a Masters
Degree in Autism Studies at Griffith University. She has
worked with national and multinational companies in the
areas of business and process development, corporate
training and mentoring over the past 15 years and was
inspired to complete postgraduate study after her son
was diagnosed with autism just prior to his 3rd birthday.
Shannan is a full-time parent, carer, student and advocate,
focusing on supporting parents, teachers and families in
understanding and celebrating the diversity, skills, and
talents of children on the autism spectrum.
Paul discovered he was on the Autism Spectrum 4 years
ago. Since then he has worked with countless autistic
adults and children, as well as teaching parents teachers
and students about Autism. He is also an ex-aerospace
engineer with a passion for teaching and Emotional