Book Launch at The bookYard

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BOOKS - By Doretta Fran­cois

On Fri­day 24th June The bookYard at Star Pub­lish­ing was the venue for an­other book launch: Against The Odds - In­spi­ra­tion for Par­ent­ing Chil­dren with Spe­cial Needs by Delia D. Sa­muel, Ph.D.

Dr. Sa­muel is Lu­cian-born, a math­e­mat­ics pro­fes­sor and a sin­gle mother of her two beau­ti­ful sons who both have spe­cial needs, hav­ing been di­ag­nosed with autism. Mae Wayne in­tro­duced the au­thor and quoted ex­tracts from the book, in­form­ing the au­di­ence that she had been deeply touched by all she had read.

Dr. Sa­muel spoke of the roller-coaster of emo­tions that she had ex­pe­ri­enced on learn­ing of the di­ag­no­sis for her boys. Ini­tially there was be­wil­der­ment, then de­nial, frus­tra­tion, guilt, anger and, fi­nally, ac­cep­tance. She talked about the pos­si­ble causes of autism and how she cares for her sons in the States.

Clarette Au­guste-Tay­lor then gave an in­sight into how she has fought to gain help and ac­cep­tance for the spe­cial needs of her son here in Saint Lu­cia. It was clear that both women have faced chal­lenges and be­come stronger per­sons as a re­sult. What touched every­body was the un­con­di­tional love demon­strated by this valiant pair for their off­spring.

Against The Odds - In­spi­ra­tion for Par­ent­ing Chil­dren with Spe­cial Needs by Delia D. Sa­muel, Ph.D is avail­able from The bookYard, Star Pub­lish­ing, Mas­sade, Gros Islet.

Mae Wayne STAR Pub­lish­ing Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (right) in­tro­duc­ing Dr. Delia Sa­muel.

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