Delia Sa­muel’s ‘Against The Odds’

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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: con­stan­tinecon­ or Delia Sa­muel: deli­adaria@hot­

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.

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