Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes a collection of physical, mental, and
behavioral disabilities that result from prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Individuals with
FASD often struggle with self-regulation, or the ability to control thoughts, emotions and
actions, which can lead to many long-term problematic life circumstances.
This study aims to improve self-regulation abilities in adolescents, aged 11-17, with FASD
using a targeted intervention. Researchers adapted the Alert Program®, a developed
intervention targeting self-regulation in children, to be appropriate for an adolescent FASD
population. Participants are split into two groups: an FASD intervention group, and an FASD
waitlist group. These groups are compared on a variety of measures. These measures include
cognitive measures (executive functioning, response conflict, inhibitory control, etc),
behavioural measures (self-regulation, adaptive behaviour, etc), and physiological measures
(cortisol and sleep). The FASD intervention group will be tested at baseline and once after
the intervention, and lastly after an approximately 12-week wait following the intervention.
The FASD waitlist group will be tested at baseline, after a three month wait period, and
again after receiving the intervention.
The investigators expect that the Alert program® will lead to significant improvements in
participant's self-regulation abilities as evidenced by cognitive, behavioural, and
physiological changes. Improving self-regulation in adolescents with FASD will reduce the
high level of adverse outcomes experienced by adolescents with FASD, and help them have a
successful transition into adulthood.