Amanda’s Fall is the perfect book to teach children the importance of keeping our heads and brains safe whenever possible.
Amanda takes a fall while at school and bangs her head on a rock. It describes the events after that like going to the hospital by ambulance and tests that follow. It talks about what can happen when they have a concussion and also that it can have long-lasting effects. It teaches children to play safe and about the importance to wear protective headgear whenever possible. It also talks about safety precautions to them, like wearing helmets when riding a bike or playing sports.
This book also gives symptoms, facts, and tips about coping with a traumatic brain injury tips in the back of the book. There are also tips for friends and caregivers and teachers.
As I read this book, my son is suffering from a severe concussion. They are not able to give him a time frame for recovery. It is all a wait and see situation. We have seen improvement but still a ways to go in recovery. I found the tips in the back of the book helpful and enlightening too.
written by: Debbie
I received this book in return for my review.
Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.
“Kelly Darmofal worked hard on recovering from severe TBI, and gained the special gift of ability to explain what she went through. This book offers transforming power to children and parents–those afflicted with TBI and those trying to prevent it.” — Dr. Frank Balch Wood, professor emeritus of neurology-neuropsychology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and ordained Baptist minister
“Amanda’s Fall is a delightful, much needed children’s book on Traumatic Brain Injury. Through the eyes of a child, it raises awareness, has tips for coping and offers support for those affected.” — Christina Condon NP, Neurology
“Amanda’s Fall is a lovely book that uses rhyme and colorful illustrations to engage young readers. Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s warm writing style makes it easy to understand the issues surrounding this potentially serious medical condition.” Laurie Zelinger, PhD, RPT-S, board certified psychologist and author of Please Explain Time Out to Me
“This is a cute and creative story to help young children understand their world after a traumatic brain injury. It teaches them that they are not alone in their experiences. The tips for parents are a valuable resource as well.” — Mary Jane Morgan, Lower School Principal, Calvary Day School
“Darmofal has an ease in the way she writes about TBI. In this sweet story, she makes a difficult situation approachable and something to discuss. This is a wonderful story to share and educate children about TBI.” — Susie van der Vorst, co-Founder and Director, Camp Spring Creek
From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com
Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (Reflections of America)
– Learn why TBI is a “silent illness” for students as well as soldiers and athletes.
– Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve.
– Experience what it’s like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI.
– Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI.
– Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, writing, and driving require intense determination.
101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury: Practical Advice for TBI Survivors, Caregivers, and Teachers
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal suffered a severe TBI in 1992; currently she holds a Masters in Special Education from Salem College, NC. Her memoir Lost In My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) tells her story of tragedy and triumph. Kelly will be teaching “TBI: An Overview for Educators” at Salem College. Kelly’s “tips” were learned during two decades of recovery and perseverance; they include:
– Ways to avoid isolation and culture shock post-TBI
– Tips for staying organized in the face of instant chaos
– Strategies for caretakers and teachers of TBI survivors
– Life philosophies that reject despair
– How to relearn that shoes must match
– Why one alarm clock is never enough, and
– A breath of humor for a growing population with a “silent illness”–TBI
About the Author
Her article on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and education was published in English Journal in 2005; “Our Teachers Are Not Prepared” won an Edwin M. Hopkins award in 2006 (NCTE). She is a feature contributor to Lost Treasure magazine, and has been a speaker on the subject of TBI at Wake Forest, Salem College, and the Summit School. With the publication of online articles related to TBI in addition to her memoir, Kelly continues to advocate for the TBI of America – especially students. “No teacher in high school or college was trained to work with students like me,” says Kelly, the first TBI-certified student in her high school. She admits the American military and sports organizations are now attempting to address the TBI issue. However, IDEA, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, has made TBI a certifiable disability category (in 1990) without assuring appropriate teacher training. She remarks on this “black hole” in education whenever possible, and relates her early TBI experiences with hopes of affecting change.
Kelly has found canine care and rescue to be both a rewarding and healing hobby. Currently she owns two rescue mutts – Mitzy and Buddie.
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