Phyllis Hoffman’s New Book Sheds Light on Education System

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"Butterfly Girl" provides moving memoir of family dealing with a child’s mental illness.

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One in 10 people has a difficulty that interferes with learning.

In the new inspirational memoir, “Butterfly Girl” (published by iUniverse), author Phyllis Hoffman details the journey she took to find the proper educational assistance for her daughter Troy.

“Butterfly Girl” is an emotionally charged memoir of Hoffman’s motherhood, from the time she conceived to the present. Her daughter was diagnosed with childhood schizophrenia at the age of 10 after years of difficulty in the public school circuit.

“One in 10 people has a difficulty that interferes with learning,” Hoffman says. “More people than ever are being diagnosed with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. It is becoming more and more difficult to fund the needs of all the vulnerable people in our country.”

More than a heartwarming story of fulfilling the needs of a child with mental illness, “Butterfly Girl” shows both sides of the coin; it reveals the emotional effects such a diagnosis can have on a child’s parents, siblings, and extended family members.

Hoffman wants readers to know that doctors are not God, and that they should keep asking tough questions to get the best answers for their children’s educational care and medical treatment.

Butterfly Girl
By Phyllis Hoffman
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491738245
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491738238
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781491738252
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Phyllis Hoffman has been at the forefront of Florida’s special education programs for 40 years. She was awarded the President’s Daily Points of Light Award in 2002 in recognition of her efforts to secure the resources needed for all Americans to lead productive lives. She has a master’s degree in special education. She currently resides in Florida.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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