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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome : A Guide for Families and Communities
Streissguth, Ann
Brookes Publishing Co / Softcover / 1997-05-01 / 1557662835
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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306 pages
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Readable and easy to understand, this book conveys urgent information about medical and social issues surrounding fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Compassionately written by the expert psychologist who conducted some of the earliest examinations of children with FAS more than 20 years ago, this guidebook presents an overview of FAS and explains how to identify the disorder, how to work with children (and adults) who have it, how to talk to parents about it, and how to prevent its occurrence through sensitive education of prospective mothers and society at large.

Photographs and case studies lend personal perspective while revealing the physical and behavioral manifestations of FAS, particularly in children. For parents, families, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, adoption workers, lawyers, judges, social workers, nurses, and child care providers, this timely work speaks to everyone, promoting understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by the children who have this entirely preventable disability.

Table of Contents

Section I: The Diseases of Fetal Alcohol
Overview of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Can Cause a Spectrum of Effects
Problems with Getting a Diagnosis
Incidence of FAS
Problems with Studying FAS Populations
Overview of Sections

Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Documenting Exposure
The Diagnostic Process
Physical Findings in FAS
Age-Related Changes in FAS Features
Fetal Alcohol Effects and Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder
Measuring CNS Dysfunction

From Awareness to Public Policy
The Path to Clinical Recognition
The Path to Scientific Validation
Tracking the Long-Term Effects of FAS
The Path to an Effective Public Policy on Alcohol and Pregnancy

Section II: The Science of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Alcohol as a Teratogen
Understanding Teratology
Neurobehavioral Teratology of Alcohol

Alcohol's Impact on Children
Children of Alcoholic Mothers
How a Mother's Alcoholism Affects Her Children and Her Health
Children of Alcoholic Fathers and Families
Alcohol and Children When Mothers Drink Socially
Conclusions

Primary and Secondary Disabilities
Primary Disabilities Arise from Organic Brain Damage
Brain-Behavior Relationships that Contribute to Primary Disabilities
Measuring Primary Disabilities in Groups of Individuals with FAS/FAE
Measuring Secondary Disabilities in Groups of Individuals with FAS/FAE
Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Secondary Disabilities
Conclusions

Section III: A Life-Span Approach to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Seven Common Misconceptions About FAS/FAE
Problems, Concerns, and Recommendations
Identifying the Behavioral Phenotype of FAS/FAE
Focusing on the Individual
Understanding People with FAS/FAE Throughout the Life Span
Four Wishes

The Advocacy Model
What Is an Advocate?
Who Can Be an Advocate?
What Makes an Advocate Successful?
Preventing Secondary Disabilities Through Advocacy
Advocating for Advocates

Families Speak Out
Families Have Diverse Backgrounds
Families Illustrate Important Issues
Families Reveal Similar Needs
Conclusions

Section IV: Preparing People with FAS for Life in the Community
Problems Encountered by People with FAS/FAE
Recognizing and Accepting Disabilities
Planning Early for a Healthy Life
Building Personal Strengths at Home
How Society Can Help

Guidelines for Schools
An FAS/FAE Plan for School Districts
School-Parent Collaboration
FAS Overview for Classroom Teachers
Guidelines for Using the Advocacy Model with a Student with FAS/FAE at School
Summary

Guidelines for Human Services
Identifying and Serving Individuals with FAS/FAE with Community Services
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatments
Mental Health Treatment
Juvenile Justice and Corrections
Conclusions

Section V: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Damage
Education, Training, and Public Policy
Public Education
Professional Training
Public Policy
Conclusions

Effective Prevention Programs for High-Risk Mothers
Intervening in Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy
Intervening After Delivery

Epilogue
Resource Appendix
Permissions
Index

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