Topic: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Interventions (Child & Adolescent)

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Interventions (Child & Adolescent):

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Interventions (Child & Adolescent) are defined by the CEBC as interventions developed for the treatment of children and adolescents with FASDs, which is an umbrella term describing the range of conditions and effects that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), partial FAS (pFAS), and Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND). Children and adolescents with FASDs may have learning disabilities; physical, mental, and behavioral health issues; and problems with self-regulation, executive functioning, and social skills. All of these issues may have life-long implications: individuals with an FASD are at higher risk for suicide, exposure to multiple traumas, homelessness, and increased criminal justice system involvement.

  • Target population: Children and adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Services/types that fit: Home-, community-, or school-based interventions; outpatient services (either individual or group); and self-administered treatment, including online delivery or apps
  • Delivered by: Child- and family-serving professionals and paraprofessionals, such as educators, social workers, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target children and/or adolescents with FASD
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by the Scientific Rating Scale) that demonstrates significant effects on physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning outcomes related to FASD in children or adolescents, such as changes in symptom levels, behaviors, and/or functioning

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

One Program with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

Four Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

  • Alert Program®
    Children and adolescents with learning disabilities from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or similar to FASD; and their parents/caregivers [...
  • Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program
    Children aged 3 to 12 years old with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and their caregivers
  • GoFAR – non-responder
    Parents and children ages 4 to 9 years old with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) whom have problems with self-regulation and adaptive ...
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)
    Foster and adopted children 6 to 12 years of age with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and their parents/caregivers

One Program with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated: