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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Parenting a child with an invisible disability [Kindle Edition]

Mary Mather , Julia Brown , Liz O'Donnell
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Book Description

This unique book has been written for those parenting children / young people with FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) by Dr Mary Mather, widely regarded as one of the UK's foremost medical experts on FASD and Julia Brown, CEO of The FASD Trust, the UK's leading charity in this field. Julia and her husband are parents of two children with FASD and she brings her practical, real life knowledge of strategies that are helpful on a daily basis, alongside Dr Mather's medical expertise explaining the reasons behind the child's behaviour and responses. Whilst this book is a must for any parent or carer with a child affected by FASD, it will also be of value to professionals particularly in social work, mental health and counselling / therapy who are supporting families affected by FASD.


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About the Author

Dr Mary Mather is a retired Community Paediatric Consultant with a special interest in FASD. She served as chair of the BAAF Health Advisory Panel for 5 year, wrote the text book, "Doctors for Children in Care" and is currently a Trustee of The FASD Trust. She and her husband live in London; they have 5 grown-up children, 3 of whom are also doctors. Julia Brown is an adoptive mum of two children. She and her husband, Simon, started The FASD Trust to provide support for other parents of children with FASD. Julia writes and lectures widely on FASD, particularly its impact on family life and on professional practice. She and her family live in Oxfordshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MVV6PPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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By Capri1
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This is a fantastic book, not too big and really easy to read. When I first started looking for publications on this subject I could only get imports from America that were quite difficult to read because of the nature of the content; and the material was complex and written for a wider audience. Thanks to Amazon within only a few months when I searched again, there were lots of books UK sourced including this one, although credit has to be given to the American doctors, one in particular who has done most of the research for this condition and I am thankful to her for this, she is referenced in the book.

The book covers all of the general information you need to know about the condition, it reassures you that while it doesn't always feel like it your doing a great job. It also offers strategies for managing difficult situations which can be reassuring and also offers things you may not have tried. I bought 2 books and 1 download for my kindle, my son who is the sole carer for two affected children and one for their school teachers. While it is a book for parents so few people know about this condition particularly in schools mainly because unless a parent has been brave enough to identify the challenges their child has and seek a diagnosis it goes without recognition making it difficult for teachers to recognise, understand or respond to a child with FASD. This book makes it clear for them, what works and what doesn't work which is really important for the child in their care. I can't recommend this book highly enough, thanks to the authors for getting so much into such a small space and pitching it just right, well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hallelujah!!!! This book is a must for anyone with a child with FASD, so little known about this, thankfully found a forum through social media (in Canada) all recommended this book, as would I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, well worth a read. 24 Aug. 2014
By Mrs F.
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As a foster Carer of 3 children with FASD I found this book very informative, and would definitely recommend it to other parents/Carers of children with FASD. Thank you for your helpful advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now at ease! 21 Aug. 2014
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We have a six year old adopted child with very complex needs and possible FASD. This book made a comforting read and it's good to know we're not alone on this journey. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy! 11 Feb. 2015
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Great book with some fantastic examples and tips. A book to keep and keep referring to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to read 28 Mar. 2015
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Great book, easy to read, broken down into bite size sections covering all aspects of FASD. It also includes how to approach school and is written in a sensitive and empathic way, but not overly sentimental, sticking to the facts, yet being supportive at the same time. Highly recommend this book for anyone caring for a child they suspect may have FASD, also for teachers, family and friends to help them understand this complex disability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and affirming 25 Aug. 2014
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This book came at just the right time for me. Life has been a struggle and l thought if l gave everything l had that l could bring normality or a sense of it to my daughter's life. What l have learnt is that my daughter might never achieve normality which has been both sad and encouraging at the same time. I can stop blaming myself for her progress or lack of it. The key to moving forward for our family is going to be accepting both her and my limitations. Seeking out people who can support us as a family. And making space for having fun as a family. One way we have recently found of making that time has been taking up geocaching. This gps based treasure hunt gets us out of the house and discovering new places often off road on footpaths where my daughter can explore without getting into trouble. The children love the challenge of finding the treasure and my husband and l are enjoying a few moments to talk out of earshot and hold hands with each other. Thanks for this book it has instilled a renewed sense that we can do this challenging thing. We can raise a child with Fasd and hold our family together in the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 25 Feb. 2015
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Very interesting read from new research. Easy to read.
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