tenacity by Rebecca Tillou  

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Come and take the author's hand as she takes steps back through her childhood and walks towards her future. A walk that includes a search for her birth family and reasons for her quirkiness. Join her on a path filled with new  acquaintances and a new understanding of who she was and who she will become.

My name is Rebecca Tillou and I was adopted at birth. I found my birth family in 2013 and discovered my birth mom had been an alcoholic. I went on to be diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at 34 years old. My mind reeled back over my life, my social and academic struggles, and my impulsivity...all of it had a reason now! I have become an advocate for FASD education. If my tears of realization can be someone else's tears of hope, then I have made a difference.

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New Beginning: Better Than This By liz kulp

Liz Kulp, Mom Choice Gold Award Winner shares information we’ve needed for a long time—a private look into the mind and heart of an adult living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). If you have read Liz’s previous books, Best I Can Be, Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Our FAScinaitng Journey or Braided Cord, Tough Times In and Out this next book will provide understanding of the adult world Living with FASDs. 

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The Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects by Liz Kulp

Mom's Choice Recipient, Liz Kulp, as a young teen with Fetal Alcohol Effects challenged the world to peer inside her life and brain. Through her own writings the reader is taken on a life changing journey that will impact their thinking about how to help and understand children with brain damage due to Fetal Alcohol. "Mom, I want to write a book anout what it's like to have FAS/E (fetal alcohol syndrome/effects) I think people need to know ... and so began Liz's and my journey in writing The Best I Can Be - Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects. Liz was right, it was a story that needed to be told.

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I Am a Man Who Cries by micheal d Mann

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I Am a Man Who Cries is a collection of autobiographical poems, stories, songs, and essays by a young man who lives with his own Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Moving and uplifting.

Michael D Mann was born Michael Oswald in 1982 in Thunder Bay. He met his foster mother and adopted her before they moved to British Columbia. Soon after, he found a dad, who he and his mom adopted too. It was in this place that the adventures described in these pages began. From the life of a foster care child, to that of a young man with disability struggling to find his own way in this world, he met many obstacles, including living on the streets and dealing with drugs and alcohol. Michael is now clean and sober, living with his adopted family in Roberts Creek, B.C.

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THE WAY I AM IS DIFFERENT: A CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT A BOY WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER ( PAPERBACK VERSION )BY HELEN SIMPSON

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In this children's book, a boy with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is about to embark on his third grade year. The boy describes his anxiety, fears, and discusses his struggles from an honest view point of what it is like to live with FASD in Elementary school. He shows us that the support from family, friends, and teachers certainly makes a positive difference. This book helps children understand their "different" is perfectly okay, and they are not alone.

Helen Simpson (Born in April of 1989) was born in San Francisco, CA. She was adopted at 6 months old. Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at age 11 years old, from a young age she was putting pen to paper writing fiction since words seemed no easy feat. In 2007 she began her studies in Special Education at Harford Community College. In 2017 she made it her life mission to educate and give voice to as many people as possible. She runs a website and blog www.lovemeenough.com as an advocate for FASD, Special Needs, and Adoption. In it's first two weeks on Amazon, Helen's paperback book saw spot #155 on Amazon's Best Selling Ranks for Special Education literature. She currently resides in Portland, OR with her husband and close to her parents as well as her siblings.


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The Long Way to Simple - 50 years of Living, Loving and Laughing as a Person with FASD (Mom's Choice Awards Recipient) 

The Long Way to Simple - 50 years of Living, Loving and Laughing as a Person with FASD by Stephen Neafcy

Stephen Neafcy has lived for over 50 years with brain damage caused by Fetal Alcohol. His journey of not having a clue what was wrong in his life lasted until he was 43 when he was diagnosed. The revelation of knowing what was wrong, provided the courage to carry on and begin to help others. The Long Way to Simple - 50 years of ideas to live, love and luagh as a person with FASD is more than just his story, it is a life program for young adults following in his footsteps. Steve provides us with Hope.

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Braided Cord: Tough Times In and Out by liz kulp

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I was born an addict and ever since I was tiny I have overdone, overlooked or overwhelmed myself. I was born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, otherwise known as FASD. That means my mom drank while I was trying to grow in her stomach and because of her drinking some of my parts got mixed up and didn't grow too well. My differences are hidden and that's a real pain, because it is easy to judge a person by what you see. The most difficult parts of my life are caused from my brain which was probably the most affected. I have trouble learning new things and I live in a world that is louder, softer, harder, scratchier, noisier, shakier, slippery and more chaotic than most of the people reading this. I want you to imagine what it is like to feel the seams of your socks, the label on your clothes, the flicker of fluorescent lights, the mumblings and rumblings of every noise around you, and then try to learn new things. Overwhelming. Yes, that is what it is often for me. My mom's drinking ripped away who I was to be and helped create who I am today and what I am able to be. If she had known how it would change my life I bet she would have made a different choice. But she didn't, and we can't change how things are. I am as I am. I can't even talk to her about it. She's dead. I was a foster baby and then adopted. ... I had to fail first in order to succeed. And I failed over, and over, and over again. ... I am just one of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are affect each year by alcohol consumption before breathing your first breath of air. For those of you who were not pickled before birth, who believe you are wiser than I am, I ask you to take my thoughts and use your brains to make a difference.

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Be Different, Dare To Be by helen simpson orcutt

Different brains are beautiful brains! Come joins us as we help celebrate the different ways our brains work and the different ways we learn. This children's book celebrates FASD, Autism, ADD, ADHD and anyone else who beats to their own drum. Follow us and we will show you that being different is beautiful.

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Trying Differently Rather Than Harder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Third Edition by diane malbin

Diane Malbin, MSW, is an internationally recognized authority on FASD. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization, FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education and Training Services, Inc.). She is the author of numerous papers and publications on FASD, and conducts trainings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She was principal investigator for a successful FASD interventive study and was expert consultant and educator for the British Columbia cross-Ministry approach to addressing FASD. The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ms. Malbin Social Worker of the Year in 2005, and she is in the NOFAS Hall of Fame for her work in the field of FASD.

This book provides a readable, narrative discussion of the neurobehavioral approach for working effectively with children, adolescents and adults with FASD. After a brief review of the diagnosis, the focus is on understanding behaviors differently - primary, secondary and tertiary behavioral characteristics. One section explores the most common behavioral symptoms by providing case examples, interventions, and improved outcomes. The neurobehavioral approach in Trying Differently Rather Than Harder is illustrated by stories of how alternative interventions lead to less frustration.

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