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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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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.

 

 

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

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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FASD everywhere

FASD is a global disorder!

Make no mistake, FASD is everywhere! It is a global disaster and growing. Stats prove this. Education on the disorder is essential. Discussion vital, as we discover alcoholic sperm can cause FASD during conception. Visit the following links for information.

http://allparenting.com/my-pregnancy/articles/970449/dads-can-also-cause-fetal-alcohol-syndrome

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140214075405.htm

FASD everywhere

The immediate global interest in my children’s FASD picture book Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome confirms my original instinct that caregivers crave appropriate books for their children with FASD. I know because I was one of them. Too bad a picture book like Strawberry & Cracker wasn’t available when I was raising my young grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The book would have helped me introduce my grandchildren to their disorder, and they would have loved characters with whom they could identify. Not stereotypical super-heroes, but everyday kids challenged by life’s FASD struggles. Caregivers of children with FASD need all the help they deserve, and I believe Strawberry & Cracker children’s picture book is high on the list of must-haves. What a wonderful way to educate both children and society about FASD and the children’s special needs.

FASD everywhere

Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome would make a great gift for a child with FASD, so don’t forget to add it to your Christmas, or any other day, list. Genre: Family 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. Available from AMAZON.

FASD everywhere

Coming in 2018! The second in the Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, series, titled,

FIDGET!

Bio: Barbara Studham has written FASD memoirs, fiction, and is currently working on the next in the Strawberry & Cracker series, titled, FIDGET!

Visit her  Amazon Author Page at the following link.

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

Twitter: @barbarastudham

Also on: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn,

Barbara Studham’s blogs:

www.barbarastudham.com

 www.challengedhope.com


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