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Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

Am I Supposed To Feel This Way, by Elizabeth Archer. Available from AMAZON.


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Am I Supposed To Feel This Way, by Elizabeth Archer

A book for birth children experiencing the adoption of a child into the family.

Am I Supposed To Feel This Way, by Elizabeth Archer. Available from AMAZON.

Am I Supposed To Feel This Way, by Elizabeth Archer. Available from AMAZON.

Elizabeth Archer’s book Am I Supposed To Feel This Way was created for birth children whose parents are adopting a child. Available from Amazon, it can be used as a tool by parents to educate their birth child on the arrival of their adopted child, as well as by the birth child to express their feelings about the upcoming adoption.

NOTE: This would also be a great book for a birth child whose adopted sibling is known to have FASD. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can cause many complex behaviors, throwing the birth child into confusion as to how to cope with their new sibling’s behavior. 

Review:  Am I Supposed To Feel This Way, by Elizabeth Archer, is a delightful book providing a first-hand insight into the feelings of a boy called Oliver, before and after the arrival of his adopted brother Max. The story progresses through the adoption process, the why’s and how’s of adoption, the waiting for the child to arrive, and Oliver’s feelings throughout the journey. The “Questions about You” section gives the birth child the opportunity to stop and think about his/her reactions to the adoption, and then discuss those impressions, anxieties, and questions with a parent.  The book goes deeper by reminding parents to consider the birth child’s need for extra love and attention during and after the adoption process. This is a great book for birth children whose parents are considering adoption, and for the parents of the birth child to discover the true feelings of their child regarding the adoption of a child. If you are buying this book for a birth child, include a box of coloring pencils, as there are pages to be colored and circles designed especially for the child to draw his/her expressions. Great book sensitively written, with cute illustrations!

Follow link for more details: https://www.amazon.com/supposed-feel-this-way-seven-year-old/dp/1912056291/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524160423&sr=8-1&keywords=am+i+supposed+to+feel+this+way&dpID=51nFxYtUjVL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

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Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting. FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting. Available from AMAZON.


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Strawberry and Cracker, Book 2, FIDGET!

NEW RELEASE!

FIDGET!

The 2nd in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series.
Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting. FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting. Available from AMAZON.

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting. FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting. Available from AMAZON.


FIDGET!is written by Barbara Studham, and illustrated by Heather Lamb. 

Suitable for children ages 5-12. Full color printed book. 30 inside pages. 8.5″ x 8.5″.

Genre: Family Relationship/Special Needs.

Price $9.99 usd. Available from AMAZON. 


Also available in the series: THE SCHOOL DAY

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON www.barbarastudham.com

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by Barbara Studham. Illustrated by Heather Lamb. Available from AMAZON

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)! With over twenty years of experience parenting four grandchildren with FAS, the author, Barbara Studham, created the children’s book through her perception of the disorder. Illustrated in the first of the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY is the twins’ use of visual aids, their attendance at a special needs class, their struggles while there, and the necessary supports for a successful day. Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the picture book series, is designed to be enjoyed by children with FAS between the ages of 5-12, by caregivers with a desire to introduce their children to FAS, and for the public to learn about the challenges associated with the disorder.

Available from AMAZON. 8.5″ x 8.5″.
Contains 26 inside color pages. $9.99 usd. 
Art Waves, Barbara Studham, 18 Feb., 2018 www.challengedhope.com


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Speaking about FASD on Hamilton’s Art Waves Radio Show

My interview on Mohawk College Radio Show, Art Waves!

101.5 FM.

Google 1015 The Hawk to listen in real time on Sundays from 7-8 pm!

Art Waves, Barbara Studham, 18 Feb., 2018 www.challengedhope.com

Barbara Studham, Speaking on Art Waves
Sunday , February 18th 2018

 

 

On February 18th 2018 at 7:00 pm, it was my pleasure to be interviewed by Bernadette Rule, host of the Mohawk College Radio Show, Art Waves, to talk about FASD and my children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

To listen to the interview, follow this link.

https://archive.org/details/338BarbaraStudhamFeb.182018

To listen to my previous interview, on March 13, 2016 follow this link.

https://archive.org/details/279BarbaraStudhamMar.132016


Speaking about FASD on Hamilton’s Art Waves Radio Show
  • The creating of Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. THE SCHOOL DAY.
  • How the book characters relate to children with FASD.
  • The advantages of children with FASD having their own picture book.
  • Future plans for the book to be translated into multiple languages.
  • The upcoming release of book #2 in the series, titled FIDGET! (AMAZON)
  • My upcoming memoir sessions at Turner Park Library in Hamilton.
  • My reading a passage from my memoir Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years.
  • The availability of Hamilton FASD Caregivers Support Group.
  • http://hamiltonfasdsupport.ca
  • Bill 191 Amendment to the Education Act regarding students with FASD (See details at http://www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca).
  • Support Services for children with disabilities at CONTACT HAMILTON.
Contact info:

CONTACT HAMILTON for Children’s and Developmental Services
Address: 140 King Street East, Suite 4, Hamilton, ON, L8N 1B2
Phone: 905-570-8888
Fax: 905-522-5998
Email: info@contacthamilton.ca

Calling Via Bell Relay Service (TTY)

Contact Hamilton can be contacted via TTY by placing a Bell Relay call.

  • Step 1: Dial 711.
  • Step 2: Enter 905-570-8888
  • Step 3: Type GA.

The Bell Relay operator will dial the number for you, and will let you know as soon as you are connected (i.e. “Contact Hamilton is on the line, go ahead.”)

You can leave messages on answering machines or voicemail systems with the Bell Relay service. If you do this, please mention that you have called using the Relay service.

Both TTY service and interpretation services are available upon request. If you require either of these services, please call the phone number above and identify your need. We will be happy to help you.


 

A HUGE thank you to Bernadette Rule for having me return to Art Waves!
Barbara Studham’s bio:

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.
Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com
FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 

Hamilton ON ODSP leaflet. www.challengedhope.com


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Hamilton ON ODSP Office/Changes

A Welcome Change to Hamilton ON ODSP Services!

Hamilton ON ODSP leaflet. www.challengedhope.com

Hamilton ON ODSP leaflet

I’m not conceited enough to believe that my post HERE had anything to do with the changes at the Hamilton ON ODSP office, but it is good to know that enough people complained about the service thereby causing changes to be implemented.

Hamilton ON ODSP Office/Changes

As you can see from a recent leaflet, ODSP is striving to improve their service. Always a good sign. Readers, don’t sit back on your laurels, however, or the service will slip again. Keep ODSP on its toes by continually voicing your complaints whenever they arise. The leaflet suggests you speak to a member of the management team if you are dissatisfied with the service. You can also visit the following link to complete a survey. 

ontario.ca/socialassistancesurvey
Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham


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FIDGET! Children’s FASD picture book, by Barbara Studham

Coming soon — the second in the Strawberry & Cracker

FASD picture book series!

I’m concerned. Very concerned. No matter the number of times I blog, tweet, or write about FASD, I’m not sure potential adoptive and foster parents are fully aware of the challenges involved with the disorder. Having raised grandchildren with the FASD, I know it can destroy families. I know it can be heartbreaking. I know the fear, the hopes, the dreams, the realities, and the exhaustion of raising a child with FASD.  Through my writing, I try to bring an awareness to FASD.

Grandma featured in Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with FAS, by Barbara Studham. www.barbarastudham.com

Grandma featured in Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with FAS, by Barbara Studham.

Meet Grandma. She is also very concerned. Her role as an advocate for FASD is to show people just how difficult raising a child with FASD can be, especially when people around her do not understand the disorder and blame the children’s acting out on bad parenting.

Grandma is a character in my children’s FASD picture book series, titled, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is the twins’ sole guardian, much like me to my grandchildren.  In the first book of the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY, Grandma supports the twins by creating a visual aid to help them learn the expectations of the day, the school bus then arrives to take them to their special needs class. There, the story shows how supports are in place to ensure the twins experience a successful day.

My purpose for creating this particular children’s picture book series is to give children between the ages of 5-12, who struggle with FASD, a book with stories to which they can relate.

FIDGET! Children’s FASD picture book, by Barbara Studham

Soon to be released is the second in the Strawberry & Cracker FASD series titled FIDGET!

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FIDGET! www.barbarastudham.com

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FIDGET!

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder. The twins struggle with fidgeting. All children fidget, but a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome frequently over-fidgets, thereby annoying people who do not understand impulsive behaviors. However, there are strategies to calm the child and control fidgeting.

FIDGET! introduces the reader to Strawberry & Cracker’s typical fidgeting scenarios. While no one strategy for avoiding fidgeting will work for every child, Grandma realizes the importance of discovering which ones work for the twins. By discussing those strategies with other adults, she hopes people will apply the calming methods and lessen the stress of fidgeting.

Don’t miss the first in the series titled THE SCHOOL DAY.

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON www.barbarastudham.com

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)! With over twenty years of experience parenting four grandchildren with FAS, I have created the children’s picture book through my perception of the disorder. Illustrated in the first of the Strawberry & Cracker series titled, The School Day, is the twins’ use of visual aids, the necessity to attend a special needs class, and living with a caregiver other than a biological parent. Initially featuring Strawberry and Cracker’s strengths, the story subsequently introduces the reader to a typical school day in the life of a child with FAS, and the supports required for a successful outcome. Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the picture book series, is designed to be enjoyed by children with FAS, for caregivers with a desire to introduce their children to FAS, and for the public to learn about the challenges associated with the disorder.

Genre: Family and relationships/special needs children. Glossy front and back cover. The picture book includes twenty-six inside pages with color images and large print. Size: 8.5” x 8.5”. Price: $9.99 USD. Now available at AMAZON.

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day. The second in the series titled FIDGET! is soon to be released.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 


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FASD and Christmas: Beat the Blues.

Ah, the DREADED fasd Christmas vacation!

Tips to beat the FASD Christmas Blues by author, Barbara Studham. www.challengedhope.com

Tips to beat the FASD Christmas Blues

If you are a caregiver to a child with FASD, you know Christmas can be an intolerable time. Children with FASD find Christmas activities overwhelming, causing meltdowns during the event, and leaving their non-FASD siblings resenting such behavior during what they consider the best day of the year. 

FASD and Christmas

Most kids love Christmas: the lights, the laughter, endless gifts, and visits from relatives. Children with FASD are unable to handle such stimulation, and so the caregiver(s) modifies the celebrations to the point of non-existence. I know because I downplayed Christmas for the many years I raised grandchildren with FASD. This, however, robs siblings in the family who don’t have FASD and love the noise and stimulation Christmas brings. So how does one cater to both needs? 

There are ways, but if the caregiver was raised to enjoy Christmas all on one day, it is often difficult to break that cycle of expectation. However, now that you are caregiver to a child with FASD and his/her siblings, your Christmas customs need updating. 

Keeping Christmas fun for the whole family.

  • With an FASD child in your home, understand that Christmas festivities no longer have to be packed into one day. So, invite relatives to celebrate with your family a few days before Christmas when your sitter, or respite worker, is still available. A family party is great for siblings without FASD, but not so much for those with the disorder, so alternative arrangements benefit all children. While the boisterous family gathering is on, low-key time away from the home with the babysitter is appropriate for the FASD child.
  • During the family gathering, exchange gifts, including those from relatives. Your kids will love opening their presents in front of everyone and enjoy hearing the oohs and ahhs without the worry of upsetting their FASD sibling. Children with FASD can find the rustle of ripping paper and squeals of enjoyment, overstimulating, so if you must exchange Christmas morning gifts, keep them to a minimum.
  • Avoid the excitement of Santa’s arrival. He wasn’t mentioned in front of my FASD grandchildren and wasn’t missed. Many children find Santa scary, even more so those with FASD.
  • Prepare that wonderful Christmas dinner, but don’t be disappointed if your child with FASD refuses to eat with the family. Prepare their favorite food, let them know it is available to them when they are ready, but don’t insist they eat typical Christmas fare that triggers their sensory issues simply because it is Christmas. Don’t be offended if he/she prefers to eat in their room. The non-FASD siblings will enjoy the family meal knowing their FASD sibling is as happy as they.

The above tips are simply my way of saying keep Christmas fun for all the kids. You know your FASD child, and what he/she can tolerate, but be aware that your non-FASD child has Christmas expectations. Being prepared before the day arrives helps heighten family fun, and lessen those Christmas blues! 

Merry Christmas to all my readers! 

Barbara Studham’s bio.

For the past twenty years, Barbara Studham parented four grandchildren, all diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry  & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available is the first in the series titled The School Day.

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 


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FASD everywhere

FASD is a global disorder!

Make no mistake, FASD is everywhere! It is a global disaster and growing. Stats prove this. Education on the disorder is essential. Discussion vital, as we discover alcoholic sperm can cause FASD during conception. Visit the following links for information.

http://allparenting.com/my-pregnancy/articles/970449/dads-can-also-cause-fetal-alcohol-syndrome

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140214075405.htm

FASD everywhere

The immediate global interest in my children’s FASD picture book Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome confirms my original instinct that caregivers crave appropriate books for their children with FASD. I know because I was one of them. Too bad a picture book like Strawberry & Cracker wasn’t available when I was raising my young grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The book would have helped me introduce my grandchildren to their disorder, and they would have loved characters with whom they could identify. Not stereotypical super-heroes, but everyday kids challenged by life’s FASD struggles. Caregivers of children with FASD need all the help they deserve, and I believe Strawberry & Cracker children’s picture book is high on the list of must-haves. What a wonderful way to educate both children and society about FASD and the children’s special needs.

FASD everywhere

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome would make a great gift for a child with FASD, so don’t forget to add it to your Christmas, or any other day, list. Genre: Family relationships/special needs children. Glossy front and back cover. The picture book includes twenty-six inside pages with color images and large print. Size: 8.5” x 8.5”. Price: $9.99 USD. Available from AMAZON.

FASD everywhere

Coming in 2018! The second in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series, titled,

FIDGET!

Bio: Barbara Studham has written FASD memoirs, fiction, and is currently working on the next in the Strawberry & Cracker series, titled, FIDGET!

Visit her  Amazon Author Page at the following link.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

Twitter: @barbarastudham

Also on: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn,

Barbara Studham’s blogs:

www.barbarastudham.com

 www.challengedhope.com