Children’s Bookwatch reviews Amanda’s Fall

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Amanda’s Fall: A Story for Children About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, author
Bijan Samaddar, illustrator
9781615994502 $26.95 hc / $15.95 pbk / $4.95 Kindle

Amanda's Fall

Amanda’s Fall

Amanda’s Fall” is a story for children about traumatic brain injury, with special information for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Written by a survivor of TBI who became an advocate for TBI survivors, “Amanda’s Fall” is written in cheerful verse and illustrated with brightly colored cartoons. Amanda is a seven year old girl who suffers a mild TBI in the course of normal play when her head encounters a rock while rolling down a hill. She does not lose consciousness, but loses the ability to speak clearly. Her teacher is able to help her by calling an ambulance and her parents, and she is evaluated at the hospital. She was diagnosed with concussion or mild TBI, and Amanda and her parents received more information about the features of TBI and ways to prevent problems and to work with results of TBI. In addition to the story for kids, there is also information for parents and caregiver on TBI, its causes, signs, and symptoms, related facts to know, and a relevant study of head injuries in young football players at Wake Forest Baptist Health. There is also a list of 12 tips for TBI survivors under A Few Tips for Coping with TBI, plus tips for friends and caregivers and teachers of TBI survivors. A list of resources includes books for parents, teachers, caregivers, and children, and helpful website links. “Amanda’s Fall” is an excellent resource for children and adults about dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Children’s Bookwatch: October 2019
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo

SKU 978-1-61599-456-4
$15.95
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Meet Emma Lou, the Yorkie Poo - a little dog with big worries. She loves playing with her best friend, Pearl, but Pearl doesn’t always pay attention to Emma Lou’s worries. With the help of some new friends, Caleb the Calico cat, Patrick the pig and Gigi the ginormous giraffe, Emma Lou and Pearl begin to learn a new technique to calm their minds and bodies. Parents, educators, counselors - and especially children - can benefit from Emma Lou and her friends’ curious adventure to a mindful experience.

Readers will:

  • Learn how to help a child that worries
  • Teach children a simple technique to practice mindfulness
  • Support your child’s emotional growth through experiencing a delightful adventure

“Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Breathing in the Calm is a playful approach to real concerns that kids have on a daily basis. Kim uses relatable animal characters to bring to light concerns that impact children everywhere - along with a great strategy to help!”
-- Marie Robinson, M.Ed., principal, pre-K to 12

“For over 20 years, I have noted our children experiencing increasing levels of joy-blocking anxiety. In this whimsical and engaging story, Kim has created a very useful therapeutic tool. She captured the essence of a hopeful way out that children can readily identify with and rapidly incorporate, just like Emma Lou did!”
-- John Pasquarelli, LCSW, LADC

"Kim is a warm, kind and compassionate social worker dedicated to improving the lives of others. Her book is an easy read for children to learn about managing anxiety and contains techniques that can be applied right away.”
-- Gwen M. Ackley, LCSW

“With excessive exposure to flashing changing screens, children are having a hard time settling their brains. Their thinking is fragmented and their focus is fractured. In Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Breathing In The Calm, Kim Larkins cleverly and creatively invites children into an animal-friendly storyline of learning how to calm themselves. Although Larkins addresses worry, Emma Lou is a valuable tool for releasing stress throughout the nervous system, induced from screen stimulation.”
-- Holli Kenley, author of Power Down & Parent Up

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

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