The Everyday Autism series sprang from a request from Madi’s Kinder teacher who asked if there was anything she could do, or anything she needed to know to help Madi succeed and enjoy herself at Kinder, and to help the other kids understand her better after comments such as ‘Madi is dumb’ and ‘Madi doesn’t know anything’. The response to the simple, heartfelt story in which I tried to describe what was going on inside Madi’s head was amazing, and led to other books in the series.
The Series looks at life through the eyes of Madi, a child with autism and explores how she responds to the world, and the challenges she faces dealing with the twin issues of a heightened sensory response to external stimuli and difficulties in communicating her experience to those around her. The books are written for children to enjoy and learn from, but they are so profound that adults will come away from them with new insights as well. They were originally written to express what I (Madi’s mother) learned about what was going on inside Madi, and to help Madi’s teachers, classmates, and others understand and respond to Madi. Teachers, parents, and Madi’s classmates found them very helpful, and so I revised them, changed the illustrations, and presented them to the wider world in the hope that they will raise awareness and understanding of the growing reality of autism.
I’d like to think they will help other parents of autistic children to understand their children better and encourage them to see what is possible, and I’d like to think that the wider community might become less fearful of autism and more skilled in relating to people on the autism spectrum and able to appreciate their gifts of concentration and intense experience.
The books are available on my website www.theeverydayautismseries.com.au $12.95 per book or Set of 4 $39.90 (Plus postage and handling) or contact Monique Cain at email@example.com