Fantastic Antone Succeeds

Experiences in Educating Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Judith Kleinfeld

Judith Kleinfeld

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

372 pages | Color plates, black and white photos, illustrations | 6 x 9 | © 1993
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9780912006659 Published June 1993
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.
     Judith Kleinfeld
Part I
How Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Affects Children and Their Families
Information Processing
     Barabara A. Morse
Growing with FAS
     Pamela Groupe Groves
Cindy's Story
     Anne Ruggles Gere
Color Plates
Part II
Parents' Know-How
Parental Advocacy for Alcohol-Affected Children
     Jan Lutke
Nurturing the Delicate Rose
     Sally Caldwell
Early Intervention for Alcohol-Affected Children
     Jan Hinde
Getting Jeffrey Ready for School
     Michele Saiz
Raising Alcohol-Affected Twins
     Christine King
On Raising Lisa
     Mary Wortley with David Wortley and the grandparents
Part III
Teachers' Techniques
Shut Up and Talk to Me
     Maureen Murphy
Snagging the Kite String
     Patricia Tanner-Halverson
Mainstreaming Children with FAS in a Small Rural School
     Patrice Winick
A One-Room Schoolhouse for Children with FAS/FAE
     Beulah Phillpot and Nancy Harrison
Part IV
Working with Families of Alcohol-Affected Children
Stereotypes and Realities
      Diane B. Malbin
Helping Families and Their Alcohol-Affected Children
     Rodger Hornby
Overcoming the Cycle of Failure and Frustration
     Antonie Rathbun
Color Plates
      Judith Kleinfeld
Appendix I
Education Techniques for Children with FAS/FAE
      Valborg Kvigne, Judy Struck, Ellen Engelhart, and Tracy West
Appendix II
Sources of Special Interest for Families and Educators
     David A. and Gails S. Hales
Literature Cited
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