Cogmed for children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Institution: Wayne State University

Investigator(s): Lisa Chiodo, Ph.D.

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Understanding that permissive and provocative postnatal environmental factors profoundly impact the expression of the cognitive dysfunctions, behavioral problems, and developmental delays in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS; Abel & Hannigan, 1995), it is now possible and necessary to devise postnatal environmental interventions that can ameliorate the life-long impact of prenatal alcohol exposure and help prevent the emergence of further compromising “secondary disabilities” (Streissguth, 1996; Dixon et al, 2007). The aim of this project is to offer children affected by FASD with engaging structured activities aimed at improving one or more important abilities: 1) social skills; 2) attention and working memory; 3) motor, balance and coordination; and 4) spatial skills. Parents/caregivers will be encouraged to participate in providing some components of the enrichment.

Population & Sample Size: N = 70 children with FASD

Design: Pilot, Test-retest, 3 Month Follow Up

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