Delia Samuel’s ‘Against The Odds’
Delia Samuel is a true daughter of the rich Saint Lucian soil who shares the warmth and bright sunshine of the fair Helen of the West wherever she roams.
A mother of two boys with autism, and a mathematician, Delia has penned her experiences raising her boys, pouring out her heart and soul into this book; a tool for parents who are raising children with special needs, and even more so a motivational read for anyone going through a challenging situation.
“Against the Odds Inspiration for Parenting Children with Special Need” is a warm hug of encouragement, a kiss of empathy as Delia reminds us that indeed we are not alone and no two journeys are the same, but that we can all jump the hurdles and cross the finish line, joyful, peaceful and victorious.
While Delia outlines some very strategic measures on how to care for children in chapters such as “Play Play and Play Some More” and “The Earlier The Better” she also offers words of wisdom to parents on how to maintain a heathy state of mind, which is even more crucial, not for only raising children with special needs but also for dealing with the wind-taking blows with which life can sometimes hit us.
Delia launched her book in the US and now she comes to the place most dear to her heart: her homeland Saint Lucia. The soft launch of the book was held at the St. Joseph’s Convent, her alma mater, surrounded by family, close friends, clergy and sponsors. On Wednesday April 6, she hosted a public launch at the Castries City Hall appealing to parents of children with special needs to come out and no longer feel ashamed, burdened, or frustrated but to share their experiences and allow her to share hers; a story of acceptance and victory.
Dr Kim Gardener of the Child Guidance and Development Centre supports this work of non-fiction and the mission of autism awareness that Delia has sought to undertake through the establishment of a charity: Saint Lucia Autism Awareness Project. The month of April will continue to be acknowledged as Autism Awareness month with activities to engage the public. Delia, however, intends to launch several programmes geared towards helping the families struggling to understand and cope with the abstruse autism disability.
While Delia returns to Minnesota to fulfil her motherly and professorial duties the Autism Awareness Project will continue to make strides here in Saint Lucia under the leadership of Nesa Constantine who is the on-island coordinator. Patrons and sponsors can reach out to Ms. Constantine to offer their assistance in kind or monetary, or to find out what other activities are planned for the month and how they can be part of their success. Email: email@example.com or Delia Samuel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delia’s book can be purchased at The bookYard at The Star Publishing Compound, Massade, Gros Islet.
Delia Samuels presents a copy of her book to Digicel’s Louise Victor.