ERIC Number: ED330462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: The South Looks for Answers. A SACUS Special Report.
Shores, Elizabeth F.
This special report provides answers to six fundamental questions on prenatal cocaine exposure: (1) What problems do drug-exposed newborns have? (2) How many of these children are there? (3) How do we get pregnant women to avoid drugs and alcohol? (4) What should be done to help the families of substance abusers? (5) How do drug-exposed children develop? (6) How should schools assess and prepare for drug-exposed children? It is concluded that careful, developmentally appropriate assessment will be crucial if children with prenatal drug exposure are to receive the best services. Further, those services will not be the same for every child. Fetal cocaine exposure does not create a uniform set of delays. The problems it tends to cause can be greatly exacerbated by a poor home life. Evaluation is complicated by the fact that behavior problems and developmental delays which seem to indicate prenatal drug exposure could be the result of other factors, such as divorce or death in the family. Nevertheless, many Southerners are hopeful that drug-exposed children can succeed in regular classrooms if teachers get enough support and training. (RH)
Descriptors: Cocaine, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Guidelines, Individual Development, Infants, Intervention, Mothers, Needs Assessment, Parent Responsibility, Prevention, Program Development, School Role
Southern Association on Children Under Six, P.O. Box 5403, Little Rock, AR 72215-5403 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association on Children Under Six, Little Rock, AR.