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When Coursework is a Story That Teaches

Devonnae Grasty, a student in WilmU’s Doctor of Social Science in Prevention Science program, has published a children’s book that she wrote as part of her coursework.

Devonnae Grasty “My Daddy and Me: Bella and Her Family Journey to Resiliency” tells the story of how a parent’s substance abuse impacts a child, and how awareness of this disease can positively shape family members’ responses.

Grasty wrote the book with the aim of helping children aged 8 to 12 years old develop resiliency in the face of family adversity. It’s drawn from her own life experiences. “My father and the environment I grew up in inspired me,” she said. “The book is about me and my family.”

The book, which is available through Amazon, is illustrated with colorful, expressive Bitmojis, or personalized emojis. It also includes discussion questions and exercises designed to help children and facilitators find healthy ways to process their emotions.

Explore WilmU’s Doctor of Social Science in Prevention Science program here.

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