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A Different Kind of Safari: Uplifting Children's Book, Inspired by Real-Life Adventure, Empowers Young Readers to Accept Life's Challenges
Written by Vermont life coach, Helen Hipp, ‘A Different Kind of Safari’ fuses adventurous fact with fiction to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.
While on Safari in Africa during 2001, Helen Hipp and her young family witnessed something few get to see – a pink hippo. Separated from the pod and barely tolerated due to her differences, Hipp’s son Ray felt an instant affinity to the hippo he’d now named ‘Rosie’.

Inspired by the effect Rosie’s place within the pod had on Ray, who has special needs and has experienced his own challenges with acceptance, Hipp decided to share their story with the world. ‘A Different Kind of Safari’ is now resonating with young readers from coast to coast.


What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling "different and lonely" Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink.

Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!

As the author explains, her book can be utilized in a myriad of situations.

“The book is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers, or not a conventional and acceptable member of mainstream society. Based loosely on real life experiences, it is a creative and fun teaching tool for children and their parents,” says Hipp, a renowned certified life coach.

Continuing, “The real-life story has had a dramatic and positive affect on my son. Rather than letting fears determine his future, Ray has taken hold of the life he wanted for himself. Healthy, independent and living in Vermont, Ray no longer seeing what he is not, he is happy with himself and his life. Hooray for Rosie!”

Since its release, the book has garnered a consistent string of rave reviews

“A timeless book that will speak to everyone. To be enjoyed over and over again! A fun, yet very thought provoking story for all ages. If books had a satisfaction guarantee, this one would be on the top of the list,” says Adden B. Chrystie, reviewing the book on Amazon.

Sheri Gates, activities therapist at the Fletcher Allen Hospital, was equally as impressed. She adds, “An inspiration to all children looking for a place in this world,”

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About the Author: Helen Hipp
Helen Hipp is the mother of special needs child on the autistic spectrum. Throughout her son’s life, she dealt with not only his life challenges, but the challenges a parent goes through to get social services in place, and an education at public school where special education children are the minority. “There are a lot of challenges and issues shared amongst children and adults around self–acceptance,” Hipp said. “It’s important to be reminded of that and to learn that for ourselves. "Find out what you can learn from Rosie the pink hippo, and how you can share those lessons with the children in your life as this popular children’s book puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings—addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Helen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She wrote A Different Kind of Safari as a teaching tool for her adult and younger aged clients.

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Welcome to our Support Group.
Dyspraxia About is truly a labour of love. Whilst our admin team worked as part of the largest online support group for Developmental Co-ordination Disorder we Combined the wisdom and experience of thousands of adults and parents of dyspraxic children and we would now like to share it with you. We are not intending to take the place of the professionals but help you on your journey by offering a comfort blanket when you need it and point you in the right direction. Within this group you can share stories and experiences with each other. Although we do have professionals' within our admin team who can answer your questions, you will gain the most support from people who have been on the same journey as yourselves.

Please also help us to raise awareness for Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia by visiting and LIKING our Support page. Just click on the link above.
Thank you from the Admin Team

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They aim to offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues. Information is based on current education law and guidance and covers state funded education for children aged 5-16 years in England only.

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We provide specialist information, training and advice for professionals, as well as support for children, adults and families on issues relating to Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions.

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AASH provide support to parents and carers of young people with ADHD and/or autism in the London Borough of Harrow and surrounding Boroughs of Hillingdon, Brent, Ealing and Herts. We do this via drop in support groups, one to one support and through various parenting courses and workshops, all of which can be seen on our website.

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A blog with up to date news and medical information, practical tips for dealing with different situations, and Information and advice on how to advocate for children with special needs.

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We provide a helpline for parents and carers, website with downloads and other information, training for parents and professionals and a network of local groups and contacts

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This blog contains information on resources, access, solutions and inclusive education

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Blog by parent of autistic child

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A listening ear and potential voice for Black Majority Ethnic People (BME), Faith Groups and Wider Friends & Family (BMF) in their collective experiences of Mental Health Services in the UK and parts of the world we are in.

BME Volunteers specifically focuses on the National Health Service (NHS) and Partners, provisions, delivery and evaluation of its Health and Social Care Services to the most vulnerable young black ethnic children transitioning from adolescent to adult care.

We research, survey, debate, and discuss diet and nutrition at home to school, wider social settings, exercise as well as other factors identified by our collective experiences. Pertaining to the impact of our past, present and future NHS services in working hoping to bring stable mental and physical well being to BME service users and the even more vulnerable non-service users alike.

We endeavor to give a stage and voice to the most vulnerable people in our society which happens to be BME on many Key Indicators. Even more so, we pray that we can at worst listen to some of the experiences of the most vulnerable, silently and pause, yet living next door, street, borough, town, city, country wherever is our kind. The African Immigrant and future children.

We do not want or give money as donations, accept or give payments of any kind, deal in, entertain, from any perspective the ‘invisible black backhand’. Be it liquid or illiquid gold, we humbly and patiently repeat, "please rest assured that, we love and enjoy what we do , we are have been inspired, hope to inspire, so you too may inspire".

We are based in Greenwich, London UK and provide Advocacy, Pidgin translations and attempt to colloquialize often Complex Mental Health or related issues in the Local and Greater London area with plenty of demand from our brothers and sisters for our kind of food and water.

We are not a business or not for profit organisation or linked to any charity, church, religion, cult, atheists, creed, governments, political systems or ideology, philosophy or something else that you thought off.

BME simply takes joy in what we do, how we do it, whom we do it for and with and most of all what we are doing it for.

Join BME Volunteers and help yourself, and others, whilst serving our people suffering with mental health illnesses, so we can collectively make at worst case, the least worse decisions. Most of all, so our children and grandchildren of creation may live in PEACE.

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