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FASD children's eight-book series, created by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON challengedhope.com


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FASD Children’s Picture Book Series, by Barbara Studham

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Eight-book series. Available from AMAZON

Designed for children ages 5-12
FASD children's eight-book series, created by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON challengedhope.com

FASD children’s eight-book series, created by Barbara Studham. Available from AMAZON http://www.challengedhope.com

Each story is devoted to emphasizing a challenge associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Titles include, FIDGET!, THE SCHOOL DAY, THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER, ADVOCATE!, THE MELTDOWN, THE TWINS SENSORY SMARTS, THE BIRTHDAY BASH, and THE TWINS CAUSE HAVOC!

FASD Children’s Picture Book Series, by Barbara Studham

FIDGET! focuses on Strawberry and Cracker’s hyperactivity.

THE SCHOOL DAY describes the twins’ need for daily supports and supervision before, during, and after school.

THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER highlights the importance of understanding the disorder in order to cope with its signs and symptoms.

ADVOCATE! was written with FASD Awareness Day in mind. The twins reach out to neighbors and friends to describe the challenges associated with the disorder.

THE MELTDOWN emphasizes the difference between a meltdown and a temper tantrum. Strawberry’s meltdown is caused by sensory overload, whereas Cracker’s tantrum stems from not getting his demands met.

THE TWINS’ SENSORY SMARTS describes the twins’ various sensory issues, and how they have learned to cope.

THE BIRTHDAY BASH illustrates the FASD challenges associated with attending birthday parties. Despite strategies in place to offset their struggles, the party overwhelms the twins causing them to act out

THE TWINS CAUSE HAVOC! Taking children with an FASD on a day trip comes with its own problems: some minor, others not so much!

Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Available from AMAZON
Designed for children ages 5-12
https://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham
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Eight-book series, Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, by Barbara Studham

 One complaint blossomed into an eight-book series.

“There are no books for us FASD kids,” complained my granddaughter minutes before I left home to speak on FASD at my local library. She had spotted my FASD memoirs packed in my presentation bag, and commented on the lack of children’s FASD picture books. On driving home from the presentation, I mulled over her comment and decided to create, initially for her eyes only, an FASD children’s picture book. As her elementary school offered support for children with FASD, I thought a story around her day in the special needs class would convince her that her life was as important as any neurotypical child’s. Hence, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome — THE SCHOOL DAY was born.  From there it progressed to a picture book for all children with an FASD, to several children’s FASD picture books, to a full eight-book series illustrating challenges faced by children with an FASD.

Challenges associated with FASD

Each book addresses a challenge children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and their families face on a regular basis. Created to open an FASD discussion between caregiver and child, and teacher and students, the series also promotes FASD awareness within communities.

Eight-book series, Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, by Barbara Studham

The series is designed for children 5-12 years of age. Available from AMAZON with book blurbs available on the site. Categories: Family and Relationship, Learning Disorder/Family and Relationship/Special Needs. Tags: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Mental Health, Developmental Disorder, Special Needs, Alcohol and Pregnancy, ADHD.

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

Author Biography

After twenty years of parenting four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Barbara Studham wrote two memoirs on her experience. The first FASD memoir titled Two Decades of Diapers describes her own early childhood, her daughter’s teen pregnancy, and the self-doubt and predicaments Barbara faced during her grandchildren’s toddler and early school years. The second FASD memoir titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; The Teen Years takes the reader on Barbara’s emotional journey through the critical times of her grandchildren’s FAS teenage years.  Barbara Studham has also written fiction, including a six-book amateur sleuth series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky; set in the seaside town of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. Barbara now spends her time creating the children’s FASD picture book series, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

 

 


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Two new books in the series Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, by Barbara Studham

New releases on AMAZON

The Birthday Bash

The Twins Learn Of Their Disorder

THE BIRTHDAY BASH

Strawberry and Cracker are twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. They live with their grandma and her dog, Thunder.  In The Birthday Bash, the twins receive a party invitation from their big brother Rocky who lives with his foster parents. But, Grandma is nervous. The noise and liveliness associated with parties can overwhelm a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and result in misbehavior or meltdowns. Rocky’s Foster dad, Sergio, suggests strategies for a successful celebration, but when the festivities begin, the stimulation escalates the twins’ behavior to the point of ruining Rocky’s party. With Strawberry’s attempt to start a food fight, the twins’ destruction of the decorations, and their howls at the noise of musical chairs, Grandma decides it is time to leave!

THE BIRTHDAY BASH is suitable for children ages 5-12. Available from AMAZON.
ISBN: 978-1-988092-15-7 Story by Barbara Studham, illustrated by Heather Lamb.

THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER

The Twins Learn of Their Disorder is one in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series.  In the story, the twins’ recent medical evaluation resulted in a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now, they are at their pediatrician’s office to learn of their disorder. When the doctor informs them of the diagnosis, the twins imagine whimsical and whacky problems associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; however, the doctor helps them avoid panic through a positive and constructive discussion in her office. The Twins Learn of Their Disorder is a helpful teaching tool during discussion with a child about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER is suitable for children ages 5-12. Available from AMAZON.
ISBN: 978-1-988092-17-1 Story and illustrations by Barbara Studham

Other books in the series Strawberry and 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.

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
#FASD picture book, THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER. Available from Amazon


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New book in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, by Barbara Studham

STRAWBERRY AND CRACKER, TWINS WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME.

NEW RELEASE

 THE TWINS LEARN OF THEIR DISORDER

The Twins Learn of their Disorder. New March 2019 release in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series. www.challengedhope.com

The Twins Learn of their Disorder. New March 2019 release in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series. http://www.challengedhope.com

Talking to a child with a fetal alcohol-related diagnosis about their disorder is difficult. I raised grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. As each one was diagnosed, discussing the disorder and its associated problems never got easier. My reason for holding back was partly due to the stigma attached to the diagnosis, and partly due to my reluctance to label each child. Conversely, having the diagnosis led to supports and services vital to their well-being.

The Twins Learn Of Their Disorder is designed to help open a discussion around the diagnosis. When I discussed FASD with my grandchildren, they were unable to absorb its seriousness, would become afraid, and voice weird imaginings, and giggle to hide their fear. To bring a whimsical touch to talking about FASD, I incorporated those reactions into the story so your child won’t feel alone in their fears.

To avoid overwhelming your child, in the book, I have covered the basics of FASD only. Future discussions are yours, but it’s my hope this book will make initial dialogue easier.


The Twins Learn of Their Disorder book blurb

The Twins Learn of Their Disorder is one in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series.  In the story, the twins’ recent medical evaluation resulted in a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now, they are at their pediatrician’s office to learn of their disorder. When the doctor informs them of the diagnosis, the twins imagine whimsical and whacky problems associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; however, the doctor helps them avoid panic through a positive and constructive discussion in her office. The Twins Learn of Their Disorder is a helpful teaching tool during discussion with a child about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

New book in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series, by Barbara Studham.

The Twins Learn Of Their Disorder

Currently available in the Strawberry and Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome series.

THE SCHOOL DAY, FIDGET!, ADVOCATE!

All books available from AMAZON
Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com
FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

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

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

#FASD picture book, ADVOCATE! Available from Amazon


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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


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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