Being born female into a middle class suburban Sydney household in the 1930's meant being raised in the manner befitting a future wife and mother. Good deportment, correct speech and obedience were encouraged. Academic achievement and preparation for a lifelong career were discouraged because “a woman's role was in the home”.
Life went pretty much according to the plan established for Beverley as a child, except for the fact that she earned a scholarship to Sydney University. Against the wishes of her parents, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, after which she drifted into the world of advertising and public relations. Later, married, with three young children she became a teacher, something she had vowed she would never do.
An upbringing like the one described was unlikely preparation for what was to follow. Having fulfilled the job description of wife and mother, and seen her three children launched into successful careers, Beverley chose to pursue the goal of finding out why some children had learning difficulties and what, if anything, could be done to help them overcome those difficulties. What she discovered was far different from what she expected. Her investigation into learning difficulties led her down a rabbit hole into a world that hitherto she did not know existed. Everything in its Place is the story of what Beverley discovered.