ELVIN The Elephant Who Forgets - PDF eBook

ELVIN The Elephant Who Forgets - PDF eBook

Heather Snyder and Susan Beebe, illustrator
A story eBook for children explains traumatic brain injury through the story of Elvin the elephant who has a tree branch fall on his head. It helps children learn how a brain injury can affect learning, emotions, behavior and relationships in school and at home. It shows the difference between physical or visible and cognitive or invisible disabilities and special needs for help in school.
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A delightful children's eBook on traumatic brain injury.

This children's eBook is about a little elephant named Elvin, who has a brain injury when a tree branch falls on his head!

Since his head injury, he can't count his figs anymore, gets mixed up at school and doesn't get along with his friends. A visit to the neuropsychologist helps him understand that he's not a bad little elephant... he has a brain injury.

This eBook helps children, friends and classmates understand what it's like to have a brain injury. Written for kindergarten through elementary school age children, this second edition features 24 pages (8.5 by 11) with 19 full page color illustrations of wonderful artwork that complements Elvin's story of a TBI. The size and special paper make this book easy to handle by children. A special section from the publisher helps parents and educators understand the unique effects of brain injury in children and the importance of educational services.

Elvin... the DVD!

Elvin is now available as a DVD.  This is a wonderfull DVD with the story told by our own President Bob Cluett.  Bob has been acting, singing and performing for many years and he brings Elvin alive on the big screen.  Check out the preview http://www.vimeo.com/6627052

Translating Elvin!

Elvin has been translated into Danish and can easily be translated into Spanish and other languages. Call 919-556-0300 for details on translating Elvin. Minimum order of 250 is required.

Item ELVIN-eBook
Pages 24 pages, 8" x 11" full color, 20 illustrations
Year Second edition, 2005


Heather Snyder, Ph.D.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Snyder has a special interest in pediatric acquired brain injury and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Her inspiration for Elvin evolved from a clinical research project on pediatric brain injury that was conducted at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She wanted to create an engaging forum for children who sustain a brain injury to enhance their understanding of the emotional and cognitive changes that they may experience.

Elvin’s story is a useful educational tool for clinicians working in children’s hospitals, pediatric rehabilitation programs and private practices. Because it follows Elvin to school, educators and therapists can also use this story to help a child understand new challenges in learning.

Elvin’s story includes the social and behavioral changes that are common among children with brain injury. It can provide insight into the consequences of brain injury for families, friends, teachers, and classmates.

This book is an excellent tool to help friends and classmates understand brain injury and to raise awareness.

Susan Beebe

Susan Beebe is an artist and illustrator who has had many paperdolls, novelty cards and other children’s products published. She lives in Maine and works in various mediums and has had several special shows in galleries featuring her work.

Through the story of Elvin the Elephant who Forgets, Susan has created a visual journey that shows the struggles, emotions and confusion of a child with a brain injury. Her illustrations make this a delightful and endearing story for children and adults.

She graduated from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1981.

Susan has also illustrated The Get Well Soon Balloon. This book is for children when a parent has a brain injury.


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Elvin Brain Injury Elvin School Poor Elvin