Homeschool & Autism: Learning to Spell

Learning Materials for Teaching Spelling - Homeschool and Autism - An Everyday Story

I don’t think I have told you all before, but a couple of years ago, we sought out the expertise of a psychologist to help us understand Jack better. We were already pretty certain that he had autism and was gifted but decided to have Jack undergo testing so we could put a few more pieces […]

10 Awesome Gifts for Children with Special Needs + 5 More

Ten Awesome Toys for Kids with Special Needs - An Everyday Story

If you’ve been around here for a little while you will know that our little boy Jack (6.5 yrs) was born with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Jack started intensive early intervention therapy when he was two-years old. He now has a string of therapists – physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, orthotist, psychologist – who are […]

4 Words to Help Calm an Anxious Child

How to Calm an Anxious Child - An Everyday Story

4 Words to Help Calm an Anxious Child I could see the entire situation unfolding before me; before it even happened. Jack needed to have a blood test and we were given no time to prepare him. Usually we would spend the weeks leading up to something like this stepping him through the process, reminding […]

Autism: It’s a colourful, vivid world in there

Raising Children with Autism - An Everyday Story

He hums a tune in his head. He’s miles away. ‘It’s a colourful, vivid world in there, isn’t it?’ My husband says to me. Autism. I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now but each time I tried something stopped me.  Even now the words seem hard to find. I think I wanted to […]

Before all else, breathe! – Positive Parenting an Emotional Child

Strategies for Remaining Calm - An Everyday Story

One of my good friends reminded me of something I had written on the whiteboard inside my pantry. BREATHE! Jack is an emotional boy. He feels others’ pain so deeply. Sometimes his emotions are so intense and raw that I feel at a complete loss. I feel like I am somehow failing; that I should […]