A Guide for Families and Communities
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Early Childhood
This widely used guidebook from expert Ann Streissguth explains how to identify and work with children and adults who have FAS and FAE and how to educate prospective mothers and society at large about this entirely preventable disorder.
62835 978-1-55766-283-5
1997 336
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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.

Section I: The Diseases of Fetal Alcohol

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

  1. Alcohol as a Teratogen
    Understanding Teratology
    Neurobehavioral Teratology of Alcohol
  2. 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
  3. 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

Section III: A Life-Span Approach to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Families Speak Out
    Families Have Diverse Backgrounds
    Families Illustrate Important Issues
    Families Reveal Similar Needs

Section IV: Preparing People with FAS for Life in the Community

  1. 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
  2. Guidelines for School 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
  3. Guidelines for Human Service Identifying and Serving Individuals with FAS/FAE with Community Services
    Alcohol and Other Drug Treatments
    Mental Health Treatment
    Juvenile Justice and Corrections

Section V: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Damage

  1. Education, Training, and Public Policy

    Public Education
    Professional Training
    Public Policy
  2. Effective Prevention Programs for High-Risk Mothers

    Intervening in Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy
    Intervening After Delivery

Resource Appendix


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: Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography - January 1, 2012
"Presents a comprehensive overview of the field that is aimed at professionals, families, and communities."
: Family and Community Health - January 1, 2012
"There is a sense of hope that together we can make great strides in preventing this birth defect while also providing much needed resources for the children and adults who are born with FAS."
: Journal of Studies on Alcohol - January 1, 2012
"It will quickly find its way onto home and library bookshelves."