Fantastic Antone Succeeds: Experiences in Educating Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fantastic Antone Succeeds: Experiences in Educating Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

by Judith Kleinfeld, Judith Kleinfeld, Siobhan Wescott
     
 

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For every 1,000 live births in Alaska, between 2.1 and 6.6 babies are affected by FAS—a rate 6 to 18 times higher than the national average. Fantastic Antone Succeeds!describes in concrete, specific ways how to educate children with fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects (FAS/FAE). It communicates an optimistic message that is both true and

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For every 1,000 live births in Alaska, between 2.1 and 6.6 babies are affected by FAS—a rate 6 to 18 times higher than the national average. Fantastic Antone Succeeds!describes in concrete, specific ways how to educate children with fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects (FAS/FAE). It communicates an optimistic message that is both true and appealing: with the right education, delivered by a nurturing individual in the home or in the school, many alcohol-affected children thrive.

The book consists of separate chapters written in a popular and accessible style by psychologists, teachers, and birth and adoptive parents of alcohol-affected children. Many chapters are personal stories with emotional power. A birth mother, for example, tells of her anguish when she realizes that she has recovered from her own alcoholism but her daughter cannot. This mother describes how she dealt with her grief, how she told her daughter the truth, her daughter's relief at finally understanding what was wrong, and how they both developed ways of overcoming her daughter's learning problems.

Other chapters describe how experienced teachers have learned to organize classrooms where alcohol-affected children can thrive and how therapists have learned to work with parents. One chapter summarizes medical knowledge of FAS/FAE and offers information useful for understanding a child's learning and behavioral problems and devising educational approaches. The book includes lists of important resources, organizations to contact, and descriptions of effective classroom practices for teachers.

Without minimizing the seriousness of FAS/FAE and the first priority prevention, Fantastic Antone Succeeds provides practical tools and strategies that can help alcohol-affected individuals and their families lead happier, more productive lives.

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Stemming from a conference on educating children with FAS held in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1991, these articles provide families, teachers, and parents with practical advice, and personal stories. Three themes emerge: negative stereotypes of FAS are misleading; early intervention and care make a big difference; and educational strategies are being developed. Paper edition (unseen), $20. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780912006659
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
949,144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Kleinfeld is founder and director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has published numerous books and articles, including Gender Tales: Tensions in the Schools (St. Martin's Press, 1995) and two books on fetal alcohol syndrome/effects, Fantastic Antone Succeeds and Fantastic Antone Grows Up (University of Alaska Press 1994, 2000).

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