Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, an FASD Memoir by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON. www.challengedhope.com


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Children’s FASD Picture Book Series, and FASD Memoirs, by Barbara Studham

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Children’s FASD Picture Book Series

Children’s FASD Picture Book Series.

Strawberry & Cracker are twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their grandma. The series is designed to fulfill several needs.

  • to offer children with FASD a fun picture book featuring characters and daily challenges to which they can relate.
  • to help children with FASD accept their diagnosis.
  • to help children with FASD read more often.
  • to offer caregivers a tool with which to introduce their child with FASD to the disorder.
  • to bring public awareness to FASD.

The Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series is primarily designed for children ages 5-12 years of age and with FASD. However, the first three in the series are also finding there way into non-FASD homes to help children understand the difficulties associated with the disorder. Several classrooms have included the books on their shelves. Future goals include placing the books in libraries and retail stores.

Strawberry & Cracker books are available from AMAZON

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

Future releases:

The Twins Cause Havoc; The Twins Learn of their Disorder; The Birthday Bash, and, The Meltdown


FASD Memoirs, by Barbara Studham

FASD Memoirs, by Barbara Studham

For over twenty years Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and written two memoirs on her experiences during that time. Two Decades of Diapers describes her early childhood, her daughter’s teen pregnancy, and the self-doubt and predicaments she faced during her grandchildren’s toddler and early school years. Her second memoir titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; The Teen Years takes the reader on Barbara’s emotional journey through the critical times of her grandchildren’s FASD teenage years.

Both memoirs are available from AMAZON

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

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ADVOCATE! FASD picture book. Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. www.challengedhope.com


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FASD picture book for children aged 5-12

New Release!

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – ADVOCATE!

ADVOCATE! FASD picture book. Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. www.challengedhope.com

ADVOCATE! FASD picture book. Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. http://www.challengedhope.com

I created ADVOCATE! a children’s FASD picture book for children aged 5-12 in support of September’s FASD Awareness Day, but with kids now firmly settled back in school, ADVOCATE! makes a great FASD teaching tool not only for children but also teachers. Educators don’t automatically know the signs and symptoms of FASD; like all of us, they need to be taught.

ADVOCATE! FASD picture book for children aged 5-12.

Meet Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome who live with their Grandma. On International FASD Awareness Day, Grandma encourages the twins to advocate by sharing their FASD feelings. With her help, the twins write to everyday people in their community, those unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of FASD. In doing so, Strawberry and Cracker convey the challenges of FASD and garner support for all children with FASD. Happy to be advocates for their cause, the twins share their feelings with a list of locals including a sour server at a local café, a lifeguard who needs a lesson in compassion, an unpleasant uncle, a shocked shopper, and a troubled teacher. Grandma cannot help shedding a tear of pride when the twins agree to advocate and share their feelings.

Peek inside ADVOCATE!

Here, are just two incidences associated with FASD within the pages of ADVOCATE!. The story includes information relating to FASD. I believe the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series belongs in every school and library!

The Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series including THE SCHOOL DAY, FIDGET! and ADVOCATE! is available from AMAZON. An FASD picture book series suitable for children aged 5-12.


Barbara Studham’s bio:

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. I also write fiction, including the English seaside series, Under the Shanklin Sky. My latest creation is a children’s #FASD picture book series titled Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See, THE SCHOOL DAY, FIDGET! and ADVOCATE! on AMAZON.

Soon available: THE BIRTHDAY BASH, and, The Twins Learn Of Their Disorder.

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

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The front and back cover of ADVOCATE! created in support of FASD Awareness Day. www.challengedhope.com


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FASD Awareness Day

September 9th — FASD Awareness Day

In support of International FASD Awareness Day, I have created a new book in the series, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome titled, ADVOCATE! 

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The front and back cover of ADVOCATE! created in support of FASD Awareness Day. www.challengedhope.com

The front and back cover of ADVOCATE! created in support of FASD Awareness Day. http://www.challengedhope.com Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome live with their grandma. On International FASD Awareness Day, Grandma encourages the twins to advocate by sharing their FASD feelings. With her help, the twins write to everyday people in their community, those unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of #FASD. In doing so, Strawberry and Cracker convey the challenges of FASD and garner support for all children with #FASD. Happy to be advocates for their cause, the twins share their feelings with a list of locals including a sour server at a local café, a lifeguard who needs a lesson in compassion, an unpleasant uncle, a shocked shopper, and a troubled teacher. Grandma cannot help shedding a tear of pride when the twins agree to advocate and share their feelings. This special International FASD Awareness Day edition is designed for children ages 5-12. 

ADVOCATE! is available from AMAZON at the following link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1988092140?ref_=pe_870760_150889320

Just in time for FASD Awareness Day, ADVOCATE! is great for door prizes or giveaways at #FASDevents. Also, a great gift for those wanting to understand children’s FASD feelings, and for family and friends who need to acknowledge the life experiences of children with FASD. Your local community including schools and libraries will gain a better perspective of FASD from the letters that Strawberry & Cracker write to people who simply do not understand the disorder and will, perhaps, see themselves as equally ignorant of the subject. 

Also available in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Seen here at this link: 

https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Strawberry+%26+Cracker+Twins+with+Fetal+Alcohol+Syndrome


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, FIDGET! 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

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!

 

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. www.challengedhope.com


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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.