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Books

And Down Went Poss - Anne Little

This beautifully illustrated full colour A4 or A3 picture storybook examines the feelings of a baby possum when he is first diagnosed with epilepsy. Little Poss feels sad and unhappy when he thinks he is different to the other possums. But with help from his special friend Ruby Rosella, he comes to realise that we are all different and that life can still be full of fun. The book includes ideas for activities which enhance the child's understanding of the story.

 

Poss's School Days - Anne Little

This A4 activity based full colour story book is a sequel to "And Down Went Poss". It looks at Poss and his friends and what happens when Poss has a "shaking-falling" seizure one day in school. Easy to read, bright and colourful.

 

Epilepsy: a resource for teachers - Anne Little

This book is a must have resource for teachers. It explains epilepsy in simple straightforward terms including descriptions of various epilepsy syndromes. The book also offers practical advice for developing individual risk management plans, educational interventions for specific syndromes, strategies for improving memory, ideas for behaviour management and special issues that arise in adolescence.

 

Wally Lewis - Out of the Shadows - Wally Lewis with Neil Cadigan

Wally Lewis will forever be known to rugby league fans as "The King". He could do what appeared to be impossible on the field and yet, unbeknown to those around him, including his family and closest friends, he managed to perform at the most elit

e level while hiding a secret. When he finally revealed to a stunned public that he'd been living with epilepsy for years, he did so just prior to undergoing life-saving brain surgery for the neurological disorder. Wally talks of the difficulty he had in facing major surgery and the emotional and physical impact of his deteriorating condition, including a dramatic virtual "blackout" on air in 2006. Interestingly, Wally dealt with his only daughter's deafness publicly, all the while keeping his own crisis so profoundly private. Following a successful procedure, Wally has gone on to work with epilepsy organisations to raise awareness about the disorder, helping de-stigmatise the condition and inspiring others to live positively with epilepsy. In 2008, he was included in the Australian and Queensland teams of the century during the Centenary Yar of League.