Signing with a Heavy Hand and Heart, Love Mommy: A Journey Through Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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"I take my FAS and turn it in to a teaching tool to help others learn what I go through every day of my life."
"If one person listens to what I have to say, then I have done my job. This is what I was born to do. I have won many awards for my work. The awards I've won have been great, but my biggest award is knowing that my message is being delivered and knowing that I might be helping so many people and unborn babies. . If I can prevent one more child ...

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Overview

Words from Ms. Torres:

"I take my FAS and turn it in to a teaching tool to help others learn what I go through every day of my life."
"If one person listens to what I have to say, then I have done my job. This is what I was born to do. I have won many awards for my work. The awards I've won have been great, but my biggest award is knowing that my message is being delivered and knowing that I might be helping so many people and unborn babies. . If I can prevent one more child from this awful syndrome I will be happy. My ultimate goal is to get the word out there that FAS is 100% preventable. I want everyone to know about the effects of alcohol on the fetus. My advice, my plea, is that you PLEASE, PLEASE do not drink while you are pregnant, even if you plan on giving your baby up for adoption. Let your baby fulfil his or her dreams and live a normal life. For all the fathers to be, you play an important role in this too. You must be encouraging and supportive. Staying away from alcohol yourself would be helpful."

What others are saying:

Thank you for sending your book to me. I read it all, and I wanted to cry. What a wonderful sacrifice you and your family took on. It is wonderful what you have done and how Chanel has grown and turned out to be a wonderful young lady. You are certainly a very special person blessed by God from the beginning. I love you very much.
Aunt Gloria

"Ms. Torres is a true light in a world that needs more education on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its effects on unborn children. She has opened doors that will never be shut. She has just begun to educate the nation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome."
Deborah Thornton, SEDNET Project Mangement

"Ms. Torres is the epitome of self-advocacy and embodies strength, resilience, and determination. She is courageous and tireless in her quest to educate others regarding FAS; and is compassionate and determined in her mission to empower and advocate for other young adults with disabilities."
Barbara Shannon, School Psychologist

Last night, I received a copy of Signing with a heavy hand and heart, Love Mommy: A journey through fetal alcohol syndrome by Mrs Sondra A Torres and Miss Chanel E Torres from Ms. Torres. I opened it and couldn't put it down until I was finished. This story of a young woman living with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome (a birth defect that is 100% preventable-all pregnant women need to do is not drink when pregnant) is moving, sometimes funny and always inspirational. I quickly grew to care about Chanel and her adoptive family. Ms. Torres creates a vivid picture of what it is like to live with and care for children with special needs. In relatively few words, Torres brings her family to life-its struggles and its joys. The feelings of love and joy are powerfully conveyed while not minimizing the challenges presented in raising a child with FAS. As a teacher and parent I laughed and cried and wished I could meet this brave girl and her loving mother. Torres is compassionate towards all, including birth parents, but my heart breaks for the children who struggle with this disability. It is a daily battle for which there are some effective interventions but no cures. I will say that Ms. Torres left me more hopeful for these children than my experience as a teacher had-her powerful home environment is definitely a plus for Chanel."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482526158
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/13/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    Signing with a heavy hand and heart, Love Mommy is a recipient o

    Signing with a heavy hand and heart, Love Mommy is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by Jade Foley for Readers' Favorite "Signing with

    Reviewed by Jade Foley for Readers' Favorite

    "Signing with a Heavy Hand and Heart, Love Mommy" is a very touching and inspirational book describing the life of a baby born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This book describes the everyday struggles and challenges a family had to face while raising a child with FAS. In the beginning of the book, foster mom Sondra Torres expresses her love for a baby girl born with FAS by the name of Elizabeth. Once Elizabeth was in her care, it was challenging because babies born with FAS are sometimes difficult to care for. Sondra explains how she endured the constant loud crying for years despite every calming effort she could think of. Through it all she was very much in love with baby Elizabeth. Sondra Torress talks about her daughter's emotions and actions and explains that some of these actions are due to the FAS. This book takes you through the journey of Elizabeth's life and teaches that there is still hope for children suffering from FAS.

    This is an excellent book. The events in this book help a person visualize what Sondra Torres went through with her daughter. This book was very informative because before reading this I really didn't have any knowledge about FAS. However, I did know that it was not good for a woman to drink alcohol while pregnant because the baby could be born with health problems and birth defects. This books takes a deeper look at what can happen to a fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant. After reading this book I got the urge to learn more about FAS.

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