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The Fatal Link: The Connection Between School Shooters and the Brain Damage from Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Paperback – November 25, 2008


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432729179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432729172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marie elam on December 15, 2012
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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is SOOO common, more common than autism according to the CDC, WHO, AAP, AMA ACOG and so on.

The brain damage really affects the person's ability to control impulses and empathize with others. They lack coping skills too. It's no wonder why so many of them end up in prison and why such a huge portion of the inmate population has both confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure and characteristics of FASD.

Because of the added inability to empathize for so many, and the inability to constructively problem solve, it's important to get a proper diagnosis of FAS/D. It's best to know what we are dealing with.

My little one has FASD and Pray that all of the intervention we provide him will have an impact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Pakozdy on February 7, 2009
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Many people believe that prenatal alcohol exposure is complicit in many of the 'abnormal' behaviors seen in youth today. This book provides some information to further substantiate this claim. It does not strike me as fear mongering or alarmist, but as a signal to address this issue now.

The information provided about the brain differences common in those who have been prenatally exposed is easily readable and concise.

The research data itself certainly implies the need for further exploration of this specific topic and indictates a need for an exploration of outcomes for all people who were prenatally exposed.

This book also offers a fairly convincing confirmation of the need to identify and appropriately support people with prenatal alcohol exposure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Roxanne Jensen on December 6, 2008
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The Fatal Link may just be the missing link needed to force acknowledgement of the pervasiveness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome throughout our society in general and on Indian reservations in particular.
The Fatal Link is completely factual, yet it has the compelling aura of sensation that will attract attention to this wide-spread problem. Crowe asserts that many school shooters were affected with FAS. Every parent has the right to know this and the media must be compelled to report it.
School systems, law enforcement, and the judicial system underestimate the societal problems created by children who were damaged in utero. Too many children are going through life marred by a disability that is unseen and undiagnosed until it is too late to remedy.
Although the Amazon review seems harsh in blaming pregnant mothers, the book does not. Crowe contends that blame is not the issue. There is however a need for education to wake everyone up to the hazards and completely avoidable tragedy of FAS.
Additionally, because the problem is ignored and/or undiscussed, school personnel make the matter worse. They unknowingly create frustration in fetally damaged children by expecting them to perform as non-affected students do. This frustration experienced by FAS kids grows and turns to anger which too frequently erupts as violence.
FAS is the #1 cause of mental retardation in this country. Crowe beats the drum of reform loudly and convincingly. Every educator, every police officer and every judicial official would make their jobs much easier if they read Crowe's book. They would likely then join the battle to get every problem kid examined for FAS early in its life. And after that, assist in getting the information to every woman of childbearing age that exposing an unborn child to alcohol will cause serious, unreversible damage to her baby.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Marcuccilli on January 11, 2009
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How do we stop the school shootings and random violence that has become so routine in our daily lives? All the metal detectors and other precautions taken are akin to putting band aid on a hemorrhaging artery. Instead we need to take a look at the root cause and attack the problem from there. Jody Crowe accurately describes what is the underlying cause of the growing violence & school shootings in our country. This book is the wakeup call that our society needs and everyone should read it as FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) has spread far & wide. For too long we have sat back & wondered why some children are troubled & violent no matter how well they were raised. Parents in this country have come to fear what could happen to their child when they leave for school every day. Will one of your schools be the next victim of a school shooting? FASD is not just the problem of Indian Reservations or countries like Russia. FASD is everywhere, it has permeated our civilization at every level, and society is paying - big time. The destruction of our society has begun and the carnage will spread unless we are willing to learn & accept what the cause is and do something to prevent it. This book is a must read for everyone -parents, educators, police departments, and mental health professionals.
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I worked for many years in studies of children with mental health and/or delinquency problems, and how these related to adult outcomes. The basic aim of our work was to identify symptoms that were predictive of later problems so that therapeutic resources could be used more effectively. We used the case history approach and found ways to systematize data-gathering so as not to be accused of "anecdotal" errors. And my late husband Robert Golden was a pioneer in the use of taxometric methods to study medical and psychiatric diagnostic methods, especially for relatively newly discovered potential "disease entities." He was always looking for new areas to apply his methods, and I wish he were alive to pursue this one. I can't understand how and why fetal alcohol diseases have been basically ignored for such a long time, given their pervasiveness and their impact on victims and on society. My attention was called to it by an issue in my own family, in which it became clear that it is almost impossible to get well-meaning adoptive parents to both stop blaming themselves for a child's chronic misbehaviors and to stop regarding these children as hopeless brats. This is a very important book that ought to be read by all adoptive parents, all teachers and all juvenile court workers.
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