A unique nurturing perspective to empowering children against the life-altering impact of parental PTSD.
Living Disabled – Anita Miranda


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“Nana’s Helping Hand with PTSD” is a book that can have a profound impact in helping children and grownups learn about this condition that mistakenly has been thought to be a result of military experiences only.  The author through story-telling provides insight and facts to help readers grasp the symptoms and effects of PTSD.

Growing up and learning the facts of life, children of PTSD parents can struggle for a lifetime, having had their developmental years marred by confusion and grief. Lack of open communication from a child’s point of view may lead to costly therapy and the future expenses of children damaged by PTSD as in broken homes, toxic relationships, and poor life choices.

Anita Miranda is a mother, grandmother and United States Navy veteran inspired to truly enrich and expand the young minds of tomorrow. From ward of the court to Navy recruit, Anita found her passion and sense of belonging when she swore in at the Naval Command Center. Tragedy struck her early when she obeyed a direct order from a Petty officer. She is now actively living with PTSD. http://www.livingdisablednotdead.com/about/

Through the authorial voice of Navy Veteran Anita Miranda, “Nana’s Helping Hand with PTSD” presents a ground- breaking beautifully illustrated guide allowing parents and caregivers to empower their children with invaluable defenses against the negative life-altering impact of children of PTSD parents.

In combination with the “Nana Knows Workbook”  families are able to discuss right away life lessons, receive valuable teaching techniques, and utilize frequently asked questions to further address the challenge of living with or alongside a PTSD parent. These books appeal to a wide and diverse age, from preschool to adult children having a PTSD parent.

In the story, the neighborhood Nana is disabled, yet very wise and compassionate. She welcomes any of the children to visit for storytime. Twins Bobby and Bella show up distraught on Nana’s doorstep one afternoon, shocked at their mother’s behavior and feeling like their mother no longer loves them. They feel that they did something wrong. Nana ushers them in for their traditional milk and cookies, but when the twins refuse, she offers a listening ear and a helping hand. Can she help the twins understand their mother’s PTSD?   What they leave with are coping skills to release blame, guilt and feeling helpless.


Sandra Johnson
Sandra Johnson
Written with simplicity, the concepts are easily understood. The story helps readers understand some ways to adjust and live with a person with this disability. The book is easy to read, is filled with colorful and interesting illustrations and can be a valuable tool in discussing disabilities and changing attitudes ...

Cristina Whitehawk
Cristina Whitehawk
Congratulations on your Nana Knows Series for children! It fills a gap for supporting children to live their lives with a greater understanding of those who are differently abled. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. The QR codes are a great idea for locating information on the topics discussed in the book.

Anne McColl
Anne McColl
People just don't talk about post-traumatic stress. It affects more than we realize. This thoughtfully written book provides a safe place where you can cover the topic with your children so they can better understand those around them.
Holly Kolman
Holly Kolman
This is a very, very important book to read and share with children who have PTSD adult in their lives. Congratulations to author Anita Miranda for really seeing through a child's eyes how it seems like triggers, anger and depression are their fault. I actually recommend this to ALL parents and caregivers, because children take everything we do to heart.

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