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Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

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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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

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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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!

 

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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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