There is a new book being previewed to parents groups nationwide. The book is called It Is All Good. The author, Elena Zelenina, is the parent of a child with Auditory Processing Disorder ( APD ). The condition is widely unknown and that is the exact reason Zelenina wrote the book.
Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. The “disorder” part of auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information. According to the National Institute on Deafness, children with APD often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even though the sounds themselves are loud and clear.
Zelenina recently did an exclusive interview discussing the soon-to-be-published book. When discussing how she thought the book would affect parents, she said “The book offers practical support for parents: I included personal stories that sometimes are sad and sometimes are funny. I wanted to create a sense of community with my reader. My book is to bring attention to the disorder but to do it in an uplifting manner. I also included lesson plans and resources for parents. When I was going through my daughter’s diagnosis, it would have been great to have these things. Every idea, or resource, that I recommend I tested and found working first hand so a lot of time and frustration and money can be saved.”
You see, Elena Zelenina’s journey as a mother has personified the very spirit of Horace’s philosophy. A Russian native, Zelenina’s fascinating background within the art community taught her how to navigate through life’s normal trials and tribulations. However, it wasn ‘t until her daughter was diagnosed with a life-altering disability that she was able to truly find her muse.
Zelenina also discussed changes needed to the public school system. “We are in the process of reevaluating our education system in general. There is already books on multiple intelligences available and I am sure that in the near future there will be plenty of books like mine and plenty research done. Another thought I have is we, as a society, are coming up with a lot of new disabilities and giving them different names. “
As a result of her daughter’s disability, Elena Zelenina founded and opened Biryukov Academy in Sparta, New Jersey. The school, which has been written up by The New Jersey Herald, offers affordable classes in Art, Music, Theatre , and Foreign language to students of all levels and ages. The school also uploads FREE art instruction videos on its YouTube channel.
As It Is All Good circulates in preview around parent and education groups, Zelenina was asked if she was hesitate on how the book may impact her daughter later on in life. ” Good question. I do not know. I wish it won’t. I wish this would not be about her or me. At the end of the day, a parent facing issues related to a child’s disability does not really care whether it was this girl and this mom or that girl and that mom, they need just to know that someone did something that would work for them. My hope is that the purity of the intention with which the book was written will protect her and my family. “
Elena Zelenina does not have a publication date for her book. However, parent groups are encouraged to contact her, via her Facebook page, to obtain a free preview.