Did you know that each year 564,000 children are seen in hospital emergency rooms for brain injury, and TBI is the most common cause of death and disability for children in the United States? Author Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, who suffered a severe closed head injury from a car accident in 1992, has written two other books on the same subject, Lost In My Mind: Recovering From TBI (2014) and 101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury: Practical Advice for TBI Survivors, Caregivers and Teachers (2015). With a Masters Degree in Special Education from Salem College, she teaches and advocates for children with special needs
In Amanda’s Fall, Kelly calls attention to an event that is all too common in schools today. In 2013, falls were the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 47% of all TBI-related incidents. Following the rhyming text which is accompanied by charming illustrations, there are several pages of additional information and resources for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The book would be especially useful for youngsters who have experienced TBI, but would also be helpful to children who know someone, such as a friend or relative with brain injury, and additionally would be an excellent reminder for all kids to take precautions that may help prevent concussions.