That Teacher Uses Crutches!
Teaching Children About Cerebral Palsy
About the Book
There’s a new teacher at school, and everyone in Mrs. Madden’s third-grade class is curious about her. She walks around on crutches all the time! The students have many questions.
Because Mrs. Madden doesn’t know all the answers, she invites the new teacher, Miss Simonds, into her classroom to talk to the students. Miss Simonds is glad to come to the class and answer their questions—this way they’ll know the truth and not have to guess or imagine what the reasons might be. She explains that she has cerebral palsy, telling the students what it is, what caused it, how she lives now, and how the crutches help her to do many things she couldn’t do otherwise. The students even get the chance to try out her crutches! And at the end of the day, Miss Simonds feels like she has made new friends.
In this children’s book, using a down-to-earth and positive manner, a new teacher visits a third-grade classroom and explain why she uses crutches.
About the Author
Lori-Ann Tessier is a poet who has been working and volunteering with children for thirty years. She has a master’s degree in child life from Wheelock College, Boston. She also has cerebral palsy. She lives with her cat, Veronica, in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.