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Helping Children Understand Bipolar Disorder

Posted Apr 24 2009 11:38pm

Children whose parents suffer with serious mental illness have very few resources to help them understand and cope. Now, thanks to educator and author Kathleen Larson, they have one more. Larson, who spent 35 years as an elementary school teacher, has penned and illustrated a book explaining, in the simplest terms, a mother’s mental illness.

“Dancing Crazy ” tells the story of three children and their mom’s symptoms and hospitalization. Without fear or stigma, Larson illuminates the realities of managing a serious mental illness within a family.

The children learn the basics of a chemical imbalance and how they can help their mom stay well as other loving adults in their extended family care for them.

Larson does not sugar-coat, nor does she dramatize. “ Dancing Crazy” is a wonderful starting point to help kids understand adult mental illness.

A valuable resource to parents, doctors and therapists, “ Dancing Crazy ” should be included in the library of anyone working with children affected by mental illness, as well as every elementary school’s collection.


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