Helping Hands Foundation

"Providing Support, sharing experiences, and supplying information to families of children with upper limb differences."

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Helping Hands
P.O. Box 332
Medfield, MA 02052

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The Helping Hands Foundation (HHF) On-line Lending Library was designed to provide resources to our members that they may otherwise not have access to. The HHF Library contains many books and magazines both purchased and/or donated by our membership.

A few simple common sense guidelines will help to make the lending experience a pleasurable one for everyone.

  • Only HHF Members will be allowed to borrow materials. If you are not a member, please complete the Contact Form. If you are a new member, it may take a bit longer for us to verify you membership, prior to shippping the requested items to you.
  • We would like to ask our memebrs to try to limit the number of items you would like to borrow to two items at a time. This will allow us to service the greatest number of members at once.
  • Please try to review the items you receive and promptly return them with you are finished with them. Many of our popular items may have a waiting list. Please return the item within 30 days, or contact the Librarian for an extension. If you really like the item, it may be worthwhile for you to purchase a copy for yourself.
  • At the present time, we are only able to send library items to members within the United States.
  • Shipping Charges
    • HHF will cover the cost to mail you the items you have selected.
    • The borrower will cover the cost of shipping the items back to the HHF Librarian


The making of my Special Hand: Madison's story
By Jamee Riggio Heelan
Illustrated by Nicola Simmonds

Children's, Ages 6-10

ISBN: 1-56145-186-X

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EXPERIENCE THE CURIOSITY and eager anticipation of Madison, a small girl born without her left hand, as she tells her story of being fitted for her "special" hand. Her helper hand, a prosthesis, will allow Madison to easily pick up toys, throw a ball, and carry her doll.

This enlightening story offers a rare look at the making and fitting of a prosthesis, or in Madison's case, a helper hand. It also explains in a relaxed and informal narrative how the medical team from the Children’s Amputee Program worked with Madison and her family.

Madison’s story shows us the excitement and promise in one little girl’s world, reminding us that nothing is impossible if we have a willing spirit and an enjoyment of life.


Changed by a Child
Companion Notes for parents of a child with a Diability

by Barbara Gill
ISBN: 0385482434

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Parenting is always tough, but parenting a child with disabilities, serious injuries, or chronic illness can be a life-changing, profoundly disrupting experience. In Changed by a Child, Barbara Gill provides brief meditations and passages about the challenges, grief, faith, hope, and other feelings and experiences of parents who have a disabled child. Gill's son has Down syndrome, and she writes with the authority and credibility of a parent who has been through it herself. The brief pieces in this small, handsome book are divided into three sections: "In the Beginning," "Rounding the Curves," and "Transformed." It's a credit to Gill's experienced wisdom and her skills as a writer that this material never becomes sentimental or sugary.
For those parents who do feel alone, this book may serve as a kind and compassionate companion

You Will Dream New Dreams
Inspiring personal stories by parents of children
with disabilities

by Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D and Kim Schive

ISBN: 1575665603

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Knowing that "parents' strongest allies will always be other parents," Klein and Schive have collected from all over the country stories by parents of children with special needs. You Will Dream New Dreams is a remarkable parent's support group in print. The shared narratives come from those with newly diagnosed children, adult disabled children, and everything in between; their stories are short and unfold in plain language just what the parent suffering from informational and emotional overload needs. These experiences offer hope and encouragement and serve as a reminder that there are others out there who can help. The appendix includes resources to help parents track down local information and support. Klein is a cofounder of Exceptional Parent magazine and Schive is an associate editor there, so one can assume that this book will get ample publicity from that publication, the one most read by the target audience. This one will be requested.

Sometimes Miracles Hide
Stirring letters from those who discovered God's Blessings in a Special Child.

by Bruce Carroll

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Parents of special-needs children share their hearts in letters written in response to Bruce Carroll's song, "Sometimes Miracles Hide." Along with these letters, this book includes stories of triumph, scripture prayers, and inspirational messages from Bruce. The primarily deals with children with Down Syndrome, but the stories and and feelings expressed in the book exemplify many of the feeling we as parents feel.

Special Kids Need Special Parents
A Resource for parent of Children with Special Needs

by Judith Loseff Lavi

ISBN: 0425176622

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The label special needs applies to a tremendous range of children, from those with physical issues like spina bifida or deafness to mental or emotional differences like ADD or Down syndrome. While each of these difficulties comes with its own specific set of frustrations and delights, families with special needs children face many similar challenges: finding qualified child-care and therapy; dealing with the daily realities of teasing, pain, and hospitalizations; and the impact that these special needs can have on relationships between parents, siblings, and extended family. Special Kids Need Special Parents is designed to cover these non-area-specific realities, and author Judith Loseff Lavin writes from a point of view many parents are sure to appreciate: her daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate, and Lavin knows exactly what she's talking about when issuing statements like "the severity of the disability is not necessarily correlated to the amount of stress." Various chapters attempt to cover the perspective of parent, child, and other siblings, and each chapter ends with a short list of important points. Behavioral and emotional topics are discussed first, including depression, grief, teasing, guilt, and techniques for encouraging appropriate behavior from your child, regardless of his special needs. Using video to teach body language and social skills is one practical suggestion; comments like "just because someone has a birth defect or is disabled doesn't mean she is automatically sensitive" are welcome reminders that each child is to be treated as an individual. Physical issues like chronic pain, hospitalization, and prosthetics are covered in later chapters, and with the understanding of emotional issues gained from the earlier parts of the book, readers will feel totally prepared to act as their child's advocate with teachers and doctors alike. The age of your children is irrelevant to the usefulness of this book--even if your child is already a teen, you'll find plenty of great advice in navigating the continual issues of those with special needs. --Jill Lightner

Harry and Willy and Carrothead
by Judith Caseley

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Born without a lower left arm, Harry is a lively, confident, and lovable child. His red-headed friend Oscar is not so self-assured and is easily embarrassed by taunts of carrothead.  Harry stands up to Willy, Oscar's tormentor, and soon the three are best friends. Bright, attractive watercolors. 

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Oliver's High Five
By Beverly Swerdlow Brown
Health Publishers

ISBN 0929173260

Reading Level: Ages 4 -8.

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Oliver is an octopus with beautiful green eyes and a constant smile. Although he doesn't believe himself to be physically challenged, Oliver only has five arms, rather than eight arms like all the other octopuses. Oliver's High Five, a children's picture book, is the story of how he ventured out into the world and how he overcame the rejections he initially faced. Oliver tries to find a job, but no one wants him because he is missing three arms. Then a pet shop has a big problem with a leaking fish aquarium. Oliver uses his five arms to plug the leaks, catch the birds, and pet the dogs--all at one time! He shows everyone that being different isn't a measure of his abilities.

Ronald M. Andiman, M.D. the Clinical Chief of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center wrote the foreword to the book. He says "This is a children's book that deals gently with a difficult topic. The simplicity of plot and language belie the complexity of issues relating to the physically challenged that are dealt with and hinted at in the small colorful volume. It is a book that will open up discussion, lead to further reflection and build greater understanding. It is a book for adults and children to share. Books like this help to repair the world." A copy of Oliver's High Five belongs in the library of every child, whether physically challenged or not. It's a book that teaches them how to "focus on their abilities, not their disabilities."

This review was writtne by Sandra I. Smith, an Reviewer.


Playing from the Heart
by Roger Crawford, Michael Bowker

ISBN: 0761504400

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Crawford is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association who lacks hands, has only three fingers, is missing one leg, and had to have half the other leg amputated to accommodate walking and running prostheses. The story begins with his parents' shocked acceptance of their imperfect baby; continues with Roger's struggles to walk, to dress himself and accomplish various physical tasks, to gain social acceptance, to perfect his athletic talents; and culminates in his marriage and public speaking career. The book reads well and is hopeful, cheerful, and credible. An inspiring, courageous autobiography.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Reflections from a different journey:
What adults with disabilitities wish all parents knew.

By Stanley Klein

ISBN: 0071422692

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Reflections from a Different Journey presents 40 stories by successful adults who grew up with disabilities. They provide insights into what it is like to persevere in the face of community prejudices, and what it takes for families and children with disabilities to work together toward fulfillment.

While there are many books for parents on raising a child with a disability, this is the first to help them learn from people with disabilities, and to help children face the unique challenges and rewards of growing up with a disability. Reflections from a Different Journey will also encourage and inspire older children and adults with disabilities, other family members, and education and health care professionals who serve these families.

When Bad things happen to Good People

By Harold Kushner


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Rarely does a book come along that tackles a perennially difficult human issue with such clarity and intelligence. Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi facing his own child's fatal illness, deftly guides us through the inadequacies of the traditional answers to the problem of evil, then provides a uniquely practical and compassionate answer that has appealed to millions of readers across all religious creeds. Remarkable for its intensely relevant real-life examples and its fluid prose, this book cannot go unread by anyone who has ever been troubled by the question, "Why me?"

The Missing Piece

By Shel Silverstien

ISBN: 0060256710

Reading level: Ages 4-8

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It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search
of its missing piece.
And as it rolled
it sang this song -
Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin' for my missin' piece.

What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in this fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.


Your not Alone

by John Sabolich

ISBN: 0963733133
Publisher:   Hanger Prosthetic & Orthotics

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This inspiring book describes real life accounts from 38 persons who have had an amputation. The author covers a variety of age groups and kinds of amputations. These personal accounts provide insights and considerations when facing an amputation, changes to anticipate, finanical costs, grieving, and tips for getting on with life. All which provide a helpful reminder that “You’re Not Alone”.




In Motion Magazine

A Publication of the National Limb Loss Information Center

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 July/August 2002 to the present.

2002 Article Index for In Motion Magazine

2003 Article Index for In Motion Magazine

Youth in Motion Magazine

A Publication of the National Limb Loss Information Center

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July/August 2002 to the present.




Maya and Miguel
When Maya met Andy

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Lively and colorful, the series chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of 10 year-old siblings Maya & Miguel Santos and features their family, relatives and a richly diverse neighborhood of friends. This never-a-dull moment situation comedy revolves around Maya’s well-intended meddling in her family and friend’s lives, ultimately leading her to create new quandaries to fix. While every episode will take humorous twists and turns, the underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain.

Overcoming Adversity

By Hanger Prothetics

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Who we Are

By the Amputee Coalition of America

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The Helping Hands Foundation Library is constantly in need of Books, Magazines, Videos, or materials to add to our Lending Library. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please fill out the contact form, and let us know what you have. If you are interested, check out our Library Wish list. It contains several items that we are currnetly looking to obtain for the library.

Library Wish List

Below is a list of the items that we are currently trying to find for the Helping Hands Foundation Lending Library. If you have any questions, please contact the librarian.

  • Elmer by David McKee; ISBN: 0688091717
  • Ordinary Miracles: True stories about oercoming obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes
  • A Debt Repaid
  • Using Everything you've got by Harold Wilke

A Special thanks to the following families who have graciously donated books and materials to the Helping Hands On-line Library:

  • The Soucy Family
  • The Rizzo Family
  • The Garafalo Family


Member Recommendations
Is there a book that you have read that you think we should consider adding to our collection, please drop us a note on our Library Contact Form. If you have any questions, please contact the librarian.

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