While limb loss is incredibly difficult for adults to deal with, it can be exponentially harder for kids. Whether the child is processing the loss of his own limb or of a family member’s, he is probably dealing with high levels of shock, grief, and confusion.
Sometimes, the best way to help kids understand limb loss isn’t by telling them directly what’s going on (although open, honest conversations about the situation are vital). Stories and characters can often communicate more effectively than anyone or anything else.
Keep reading for a list of great books that can help kids understand limb loss.
#1: The Tree with No Limbs by Christine Marie Johnson
This book reminds readers that a sudden disability doesn’t make you any less real or any less you. In this story, the tree — who has no limbs — finds that he still has a gift inside of him, and that he can still find purpose in his life. (Though it is not listed as such, the reviews state that this is a Christian book.)
#2: Amputeddy Goes Back to School by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani
The first in a series, this story follows Amputeddy as he goes back to school after an accident that resulted in the loss of his leg. Though he worries what the other bears will think of him and whether he’ll still be able to do the things he wants to do, he ultimately learns that he can “still be a regular bear, just like everyone else.”
#3: The Making of My Special Hand: Madison’s Story by Jamee Riggio Heelan
Told from a young girl’s perspective, this story takes the reader through the process of being fitted for a hand prosthesis, which allows the narrator to do things like play with her doll and throw a ball. Though the illustrations seem to show a very young girl, the storyline is appropriate for (and could be comforting for) elementary-aged children, too.
BioTech Can Help Your Child Adjust to Limb Loss
Limb loss can be very difficult for children, but there are steps we can take to ease the transition back into normal life. We understand that children need different types of services than adults, and we are dedicated to giving them the specialized treatment and attention they deserve.
If you have a child with limb loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us for answers to your questions, solutions to your dilemmas, and the kindness of family. We are here for you!