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Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

Poster for the disabled in London UK subway system. barbara.studham.com


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Poster advocating for the disabled in London UK subways

Fantastic Poster Advocating for the Disabled

Taking a much needed break from long-term caregiving to grandkids with #FASD, I visited London, UK. While touring, I spotted a long line of posters in the subway system. One poster in particular, of which several were displayed on the tiled subway walls, was eye-catching.

Poster for the disabled in London UK subway system. barbara.studham.com

Poster for the disabled in London UK subway system. barbara.studham.com

Fantastic Poster Advocating for the Disabled

So many people with disabilities are ignored, overlooked, or just plain detested, so posters such as these remind able-bodied society that people with disabilities are humans with needs, wants, and dreams.

I especially like the small print “Time to get equal.” Nothing could ring truer in 2018. Time to break down those barriers and stop looking through people with disabilities. If we want to be seen as a progressive country, we need to be progressive in thought and action. 

Time to get equal. 

It is not up to the person with the disability to reach out to the able-bodied. Goodness knows, they have been doing that for so long. No, it is time for the able-bodied to stop and turn to see people with disabilities for who they really are: loving, caring, striving, strong, individuals asking for acceptance within their communities. 


Barbara Studam’s bio:

Barbara Studham's FASD memoirs. Two Decades of Diapers and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years. challengedhope.com

Barbara Studham’s FASD memoirs. Two Decades of Diapers and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years. challengedhope.com

Barbara Studham, the memoir writer. I wrote my first #FASD memoir titled Two Decades of Diapers in 2014; my second #FASD memoir titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years in 2016. Both cover the twenty years I parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Barbara Studham, the fiction writer. I also write fiction, including the English seaside series, Under the Shanklin SkyBarbara Studham, the children’s FASD picture book creator. My latest creation is a children’s #FASD picture book series titled Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! on AMAZON. Soon available: The Birthday Bash, and, ADVOCATE! All books available from AMAZON. 

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

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

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

Amazon Author Page:

www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 

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Looking for FASD books?

There are many books available on FASD. Here are the ones I offer.

But WAIT! There is more to come!

If your child is enjoying the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol series, illustrator Heather Lamb and I are working on the third in the series titled The Birthday Bash scheduled for release in summer 2018.

But WAIT! There is more!

I am writing and illustrating (yes, you read it right!) the fourth in the series titled ADVOCATE! a special FASD Awareness Day edition. A great way to introduce your child (and everyone else) to FASD this September 9th, the official FASD Awareness Day.

More information to come on those two books!
STAY TUNED FOR NEW STORY DESCRIPTIONS AND AVAILABILITY!

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! and ADVOCATE!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

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

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

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


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FASD VOICES

New Book: FASD VOICES

I am writing a new book titled (tentative) FASD VOICES, as I want to bring the voices of individuals with FASD, their caregivers, siblings, caseworkers and anyone else involved with FASD, to the global forefront. I have written two FASD memoirs Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years. I also created the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, picture book series. 

The response so far regarding FASD VOICES has been positive and I hope to continue that momentum. So, if you are a person involved with FASD in any way, and would like your voice to be included in FASD VOICES, please use my contact page in the MENU bar and I will send you details. 

This book will make an excellent handout at FASD conferences, FASD presentations, to politicians, medical personnel, FASD caseworkers, teachers, etc., but it can’t be written without YOUR help. I need to hear your FASD experiences, challenges, struggles, hopes, prayers, positive and cherished moments of FASD, vents, needs, wishes, etc.  If you have an anecdote, comment, thought, idea, or any other voice you want heard, please contact me.

Pieces should be 50-500 words. Don’t worry if you have never written anything before. I want to keep it raw. Only your first initial of your name, and your province, state, county etc, will be shared. When complete, FASD VOICES will be available from Amazon. There is no pay-out to participants as all profits will go toward printing costs for books to be handed out at presentations. 

ASK YOURSELF — WHAT DO I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT FASD?

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF INTERESTED!

 


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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

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