This topical new book brings together a previously neglected perspective to bear on the problem of prenatal drug exposure in the US. At the heart of the book is a series of interviews with public schoolteachers concerning the challenges entailed in educating children from substance abuse backgrounds. It covers their learning and behavioural problems, learning styles and effective instructional strategies and addresses questions of policy, such as the need for special education programs in public schools. This is the first book to use teachers' experiences as a resource for understanding how prenatal drug exposure affects the development of children and how social construction of the problem influences perceptions of these children within the school environment.
"At last a book that sheds light on an issue that has been the subject of confusion and distortion for years! Dr. Thomas's research provides readers with the ability to understand how children have been affected by their mother's drug addiction and how these circumstances make these children vulnerable to early school failure. She informs educators what can be done to serve the needs of these children. For those who seek more information on how to best help, this book will be an invaluable resource."
-Pedro A. Noguera, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
"In "Educating Drug-Exposed Children, Janet Thomas begins the exploration of acres of new and important ground. Dr. Thomas opens readers' eyes to the blurred lines between a school system's academic focus and the realities of the students we are working to educate. An important book."
-Sam Stringfield, Center for the Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University