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Prenatal Exposure to Drugs/Alcohol : Characteristics & Educational Implications of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Cocaine/Polydrugs
Soby, Jeanette M.
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2006-05-01 / 0398076359
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
price: $44.95 (may be subject to change)
188 pages
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This book describes the characteristics of youngsters affected by prenatal drug/alcohol exposure and explores strategies to circumvent this damage in order to maximize the individual’s remaining strengths. Information and suggestions are primarily for the professionals in education who can provide supportive coordination for caregivers, mental health, and medical service providers - in terms of relaying information and pinpointing techniques for learning that are the most successful for each youngster. Medical literature on the physical, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of this population is described for readers without a medical background. Terminology that is commonly used by various disciplines, outside of education, is also included. Educational needs, successful learning environments, and instructional techniques are addressed, as well as how the environment must be adapted to in order to optimize the experiences of these youngsters. Divided into three sections, Part One presents the characteristics of youngsters prenatally drug exposed, giving the reader an understanding of possible damage. Part Two presents background on the cognitive processes involved in learning. The primary focus of this section is on normal learning processes. Part Three describes instructional strategies for the learning and everyday life experiences that youngsters with disabilities find challenging. The book will help educators and parents to recognize deficits so that strategies can be implemented. Instructional and management recommendations are made with this in mind. It will be of interest to educators, social workers, nurses, other service and care providers, foster care workers, and parents.
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List of Illustrations

Part I


1. Introduction: What is the Problem
Addiction Lifestyle—Risk Factors
Alcohol Metabolism: Fetal Risk
Paternal Contribution
Research Evaluation Caution

2. Prenatal Drug/Alcohol Exposure
The Fetal Environment
Risk Factors
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: FASD
Cocaine/Polydrug Effects on the Fetus: Research
Characteristics of Fetal Cocaine/Polydrug Exposure FDE

3. Behavior
Behaviors of Concern
Mental Health Therapy
Emotional Expression
Social Behavior
Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom
Instructional Strategies for Learning Behaviors
Brain Mediation of Behavior
Support-Therapy for Caregivers

4. Infant
Attachment and Bonding
Maternal Criminal Responsibility
Fragile Infant Care
Stimulating Home Environments

Part II

5. Cognitive Processes
Neuroimaging Windows
The Chemistry and Biology of Memory
Left and Right Hemispheres
Executive Functions

6. Learning
Formation of Memory
Exploring the Nature of Memory Retrieval

7. Communication
Language Deficits
Conversation and Emotional Tone
Teaching Strategies for Communication Behaviors
Communication Barriers
Conversation Strategies

Part III

8. Instruction
Information Processing Strategies

9. Educational Services
Classroom Environment
Classroom Management of Behavior
Home-School Partnership
Accessing Educational Services

Appendix—What is FAS? Gloria Stuart

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