Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

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

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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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Author: whereasi

For over twenty years, I have parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Please read of our family struggles and challenges at http://www.challengedhope.com. My two ebook memoirs available on Amazon titled: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe the struggles my grandchildren and I experienced during their youth and teenage years. I have also written fiction, including a six-book English seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin sky. I am now embarking on a new adventure creating children's picture books, designed specifically with kids with FAS in mind. The two main characters of the book are Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The first titled The School Day focuses on the special supports the twins need at school for a successful outcome. The book is due out in the fall of 2017, to be followed by more in the series, all focused on the daily challenges faced by children with FAS. For more info, see my author blog at www.barbarastudham.com.

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