Loving Healing Press Making Book Donation to Resource Library in Madagascar

To help improve the quality of life via therapeutic services in Madagascar, the Loving Healing Press is donating copies of its title Handwriting For Heroes – a task-oriented workbook to help people learn to write with their non-dominant hand.- Loving Healing Press Making Book Donation to Resource Library in Madagascar

The non-profit Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes (GNTP) is currently focusing on helping vulnerable, poverty-stricken people in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, by providing them therapeutic services. Establishing a resource library for occupational therapists to work with the affected people in the area is a key requirement for this purpose.

Anri-Louise Oosthuizen is the founder of Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes (GNTP) as well as the Occupational Therapist (OT) that started the profession in Madagascar. It is by her position as an OT professor at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar that she came to know of Handwriting For Heroes.

“I am the only occupational therapy lecturer in Madagascar,” Oosthuizen tells. “A few weeks ago a new graduate came to ask me how to retrain dominance post-head injury. I could not give her a good answer, and in my internet search I found this program.” She says she would love to include it in the curriculum.

Although Handwriting For Heroes is designed to work best in conjunction with a formal course of Occupational Therapy, it can also be used solo by a motivated learner.

“The advantage of working with an OT, is that they can answer questions, help set expectations, and evaluate progress in a way that self-study can’t achieve,” says Victor Volkman, publisher at the Loving Healing Press.

About the Authors

Katie Yancosek is an officer in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. Among many qualifications, she holds a PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Kristin Gulick has been enjoying her practice as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years. In the past, Kristin served as the Director of Therapy Services at Advanced Arm Dynamics, where she enjoyed working with clients with upper limb loss in their rehabilitation process.

Amanda Sammons is an officer in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. She graduated from Baylor University with a Doctor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.

Evaluation Copy Requests

Interested Occupational Therapists worldwide may request a complimentary
evaluation copy of Handwriting For Heroes to see if it is appropriate for their clientele by writing to info@LHPress.com.

Kelly Bouldin Darmofal on recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Twenty-three years ago, Kelly Bouldin Darmofal was grievously injured when a routine trip to Burger King resulted in a car colliding with a telephone pole.  Her traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulted in a coma and severe learning disabilities which she eventually overcame through perseverance, re-education, and of course the love from her family and friends.  Follow her amazing journey in her new memoir LOST IN MY MIND from Modern History Press.  Also, visit the author’s website for more interviews, links, and details.

“Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s account is unique, yet widely applicable: she teaches any who have suffered TBI—and all who love, care for, and teach them–insights that are not only novel but revolutionary. The book is not simply worth reading; it is necessary reading for patients, poets, professors, preachers, and teachers.”
— Dr. Frank Balch Wood, Professor Emeritus of Neurology-Neuropsychology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Inspiring story from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor

Lost in My Mind

Lost in My Mind is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother — despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Spanning three decades, Kelly’s journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother’s journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim’s relentless search for success, love, and acceptance — while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory.

Readers will:

  • 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.

“This peek into the real-life trials and triumphs of a young woman who survives a horrific car crash and struggles to regain academic excellence and meaningful social relationships is a worthwhile read for anyone who needs information, inspiration or escape from the isolation so common after traumatic brain injury.”
— Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, Brain Injury Association of America

“Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s account is unique, yet widely applicable: she teaches any who have suffered TBI—and all who love, care for, and teach them–insights that are not only novel but revolutionary. The book is not simply worth reading; it is necessary reading for patients, poets, professors, preachers, and teachers.”
— Dr. Frank Balch Wood, Professor Emeritus of Neurology-Neuropsychology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Learn more at www.ImLostInMyMind.com
From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com

 

Jewel Kats reads Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair!

Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair by award winning author Jewel Kats & illustrated by Richa Kinra. In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair!

Author site: http://jewelkats.com or visit To buy her book

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