Sam’s story is for families where a parent has returned with physical and mental health issues. The story is not for use with other families.
Sam’s story explores concepts of sickness, health, recovery, transitions, acceptance and new ways of operating in the household after his mother returns home from service with physical injuries and a mental health issue.
The story centres on these lovable characters as they adapt and learn to understand and cope with the changes that occur in their lives.
The book also features lovable pets such as Woof, Poppet and Fluffy. Research shows pets can be a major source of comfort to children from defence families to help them cope with change. There is also a resident possum who lives inside the roof of Sam’s house who makes frequent appearances in the book.
Explore other resources:
- educator’s and family worker resources
- parent’s resources
- Auslan Keyword Signing resources (for those with disability or language delays, or those wanting to learn Auslan Keyword Signing)
- planned educator and parent program module topics
- academic and policymaker resources
New resources being created:
- eBooks, digital interactives and activity books list and age groups
- eBooks (a peek inside)
- a makeover of our old eBooks (a peek inside)
- planned program module topics for parents and educators
- when a parent gives their physical health in service
- when a parent gives their mental health in service
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