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Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury.

Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury

Jodee Kulp, Author

Better Endings New Beginnings

6289 Brunswick Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55429

0963707256 $24.95 www.betterendings.org

Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury is the continuation of Liz Kulp's book, The Best I Can Be Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Effects. This fully in-depth account of Liz Kulp's journey is a book that describes the growth that Ms. Kulp experienced after one year of Neurodevelopment Therapies. Written in simple to understand language, Our FAScinating Journey is a book that will introduce families, caretakers and medical professionals to the neurodevelopment of the brain.

Many families that adopt children and consider their child a "healthy" child become faced with a youngster that has either learning or behavioral disabilities. Our FAScinating Journey addresses the challenges that a child and their family faces when they are diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). These innocent young people (and adults) can have a multitude of challenges like; lifelong disabilities, including mental retardation, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Many families feel isolated and alone in their quest to help their children and family members. Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury, helps families who are exhausted, feel depressed and alone and give in to hopelessness. This book wipes away tears and fears as it opens doors to understanding, compassion and services available.

Author, Jodee Kulp, holds nothing back in her heartfelt account of their life living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with her adopted daughter Liz Kulp. Author and devoted mother, Jodee Kulp, has diligently translated professional language into an easy to understand format for both families and non-professionals that bridges understanding and provides a future for other children.

Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury, provides insight into the life of people who live with FASD's. It shows readers how to apply proven strategies to improve the future of these individuals with step by step guides and personal stories.

Our FAScinating Journey covers brain function, proper nutrition and neurodevelopment including sensory, sensory integration, working memory and special senses. It also dives in-depth into self-care, parenting and emotional behaviors. Home education that involves visual, auditory and social behaviors is also discussed. Secondary and hereditary alcohol addiction is addressed as well as public education. Letting Go for Growth and practicing how to let a child learn independence is another chapter that families and caretakers can look forward to.

In the back of book is an appendix that includes, books and films to help parents and families learn more. Internet support and information is also provided. Teaching tips, exercises and teaching resources are all informational tools that have been included. Brain Basic Nutrition serves a healthy dish of how to naturally enhance neurotransmitters to add to the neurodevelopment of a person living with FASDs. Out of the Box Ideas shares activities and therapies that the author, Jodee Kulp, and her family have found helpful for their own daughter. The Informational Guide on FASD for Families and Friends are parenting ideas from the families in trenches and includes, what every child with FASD needs, ways to help a child with FASD grow, how to ask for help, what things families with FASD child might need to avoid, things to remember, and most importantly, tips on communicating with a child with FASD. Juvenile Justice helps adults work through the system and offers tips and tricks on runaway teens. Hope for the future offers Better Endings and New Beginnings for families, parents, children, their caretakers and medical professionals.

Our FAScinating Journey, Keys to Brain Potential Along the Path of Prenatal Brain Injury is an exceptional and indispensable book that will help to save families from feeling alone and hopeless. Author Jodee Kulp exposes herself without fear and speaks clearly to the joys of learning to triumph over brain trauma. This book is highly recommended for foster and adoptive parents, educators, social work professionals and physicians who want to learn how to help the innocent victims of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Librarians and Booksellers will find this a valuable resource to offer to their patrons and community.

Sara Hassler

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