The Mystery of Risk–Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy, and The Vulnerable Child


The ill-effects of a baby’s exposure to drugs and alcohol while in the womb are demonstrated in this essential reference with cutting-edge information from the fields of medicine, neuroscience, and child psychology. These findings posit that many of the learning and behavior problems seen in children—from poor school performance to patterns of impulsivity often diagnosed as ADHD—are both treatable and preventable. The book first traces the history of fetal malformation back to the time of Aristotle, then presents a resounding call for integrated systems of care for high-risk children and their families. Methods for applying behavior management and treatment techniques are included for health care practitioners, social workers, early childhood intervention specialists, special education teachers, and parents, whether for use at home, at school, or in the clinical setting.

What Readers Thought

What did you like about this book?

  • “Our son who was adopted was recently diagnosed with FASD and this is such a great resource!”
  • “Wow–lots of overwhelming information, but so good. This helps us understand our eight-year-old son who has FASD.”

What will you take away after reading this book?

  • “I learned sensory processing deficit ideas to support my son.”
  • “I learned that our empathy and affirmation can help tremendously.”
  • “I learned to look at behavior, triggers, context, frequency, duration, severity, and when behaviors occur to learn how to decrease them.”
  • “There is so much risk involved for a mother who drinks alcohol while pregnant. It is an uphill battle to deal with FASD, but you need to find strategies that work for the child and the parent.”


Author: Ira J. Chasnoff, MD
ISBN: 978-0-9840531-5-5
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